DAAD WISE Scholarship Program helps students who are pursuing a degree program in the fields of science and engineering. Notably, the German scholarship program is meant for Indian students who wish to do a 2-3 month research internship at a public-funded German institute of higher education. Students who belong to selected Indian universities and are pursuing bachelors, dual or integrated programs are eligible to apply under this scholarship scheme.

Notably, DAAD or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst scholarships include a lot of popular, innovative and general courses. Also, a recipient of the DAAD WISE scholarship receives €1,075 as health insurance and travel allowance along with an additional amount of €750 monthly against living expenses.

Apart from DAAD WISE scholarships, other grant programs that are funded by DAAD and provided to Indian students include Helmut-Schmidt-Program or Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG), IIT Master Sandwich Scholarships, Semester Scholarships for Students of Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), University Summer Courses, Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Performing Arts, PhD Scholarships (Research Grants – Doctoral Programs in Germany) and study visits for groups of foreign students to Germany.


Type of Funding Government
Scholarship Type Merit-based
Establishment Year 1925
Eligible Candidates Indian citizen
Application Deadline November 1
Available to International Students Yes
Participating Countries Germany, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Official Website https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en/

Program Eligibility & Deadlines

For a candidate to be eligible for the DAAD WISE Scholarship Program, he/she is required to belong to one of the selected 80 participating Indian higher education institutions including Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee, BITS Pilani – Hyderabad, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Kolkata, and Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi.

Further, the list of selected and participating institutions is not only limited to but influenced by NAAC accreditation, MHRD evaluation, AICTE approval, the Institute of National Importance status and the availability of 4-year bachelor’s and 5-year master’s degree programs.

Notably, a candidate must not be the former recipient of DAAD WISE Scholarship. Along with that, those who are applying for the scholarship should be either in their 5th/6th academic semester of an 8-semester bachelor’s program or in their 5th/6th/7th/8th academic semester of a five-year dual or integrated bachelor’s-master’s degree program. Additionally, students must be enrolled in a program that can be classified under the fields of mathematics, engineering and natural sciences.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A student applying for the scholarship must be a registered student of his/her institution.
  • It is necessary for a student to obtain an NOC (no objection certificate) for the entire duration from his/her home institution.
  • An applicant must have secured an aggregate of 8.5 CGPA or 85% and above in all the semesters completed during the time of application.
  • Applicants need to submit a short research proposal along with their CVs.
  • It is not mandatory for students to have German language skills but excellent proficiency in English is expected.
  • It is necessary for an applicant to hold proof of accommodation for later visa insurance.

DAAD WISE Scholarship Program – German Scholarships: Deadlines, Eligibility, and Benefits

Name of Scholarship Benefits Eligible Courses Award Duration Deadlines for 2020-2021 awards
Working Internships in Science and Engineering (WISE) Monthly scholarship of €750 for undergraduate students; travel subsidy of €1050; and accident, health and personal liability insurance Bachelor’s or dual/integrated degree programs in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences 2-3 months November 1
Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding – Dr Angela Merkel Scholarship   Master’s degree program or LLM in Germany and a specialization program in European Law for selected German higher education institutes 1 year January 15
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development (EPOS) Monthly payment of €850 or €1,200 for doctoral candidates; health, accident and personal liability insurance; travel allowance is covered unless these expenses are covered by any other source or the home country Master’s degree at a state-recognized or state university in Germany or a doctoral degree 12-24 months for master’s and 36 months for PhD Course-specific
IIT Master Sandwich Scholarship Scholarship payment amounting to €850 per month; health, liability and accident insurance; 4-6 weeks of a German course at the host university; a one-off allowance for research of €266; appropriate subsidy for monthly rent; a lump sum subsidy for travel expenses Worked and completed a project under the guidance of  a German professor at one of the selected TU9 technical universities 7 months May 8

DAAD WISE Scholarship Program – German Scholarships Overview

The DAAD WISE Scholarship is for students who have an excellent academic record and skills to pursue higher studies in Germany but do not have the required finances to support their education. This is a government-funded scholarship program. The quality of education and student-friendly policies provided by the German government make the country an attractive option for pursuing higher studies in comparison to other developed countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

History of DAAD WISE Scholarship Program – German Scholarships

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst which translates to German Academic Exchange Service in English is an independent organization. Established in 1925, German Academic Exchange Service offers many popular scholarship programs. Every year, it provides guidance and financial assistance to around 1, 20,000 foreign students from across the globe. DAAD consists of 500 language assistants, 55 information centers and 5 regional offices.

If a student has a good academic record and wishes to pursue higher studies in Germany, he/she can check the official website of DAAD to avail the opportunity and follow his/her dreams.

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