DAAD (Deutscher Academischer Austauschidienst) is a German academic exchange service that addresses and supports students from all over the world for study and research programs. It was founded in 1925 having its headquarters in Bonn, Germany. It is the world’s largest funding organization of its kind. DAAD awards various kinds of grants; some of which include short term research grants for doctoral and Ph.D. students, grants for the full doctoral programme, German language courses as well as scholarships for master’s degree in Germany.
DAAD also offers to fund to young scientists and researchers for their graduate, doctoral or post-doc programmes at their home country or region. In many cases, DAAD provides you with health, accident, and personal liability insurance.
DAAD Online scholarship option for international students:
Due to this turmoil of COVID 19, everyone is confused about their future plans especially students who have planned to continue their studies abroad. Many have canceled their programs for studying abroad while many are constrained miles away from their homes due to travel restrictions because of this pandemic. The future of many is at stake due to these prevalent conditions.
In such a strenuous and perplexing situation, DAAD has taken a bold step and has announced that it will start the grants online by increasing the use of digital options. Through this DAAD online scholarship program offer, students and researchers will be able to apply online for scholarships. After selection, the students would be able to start their courses and eventually move to their desired institutions after this pandemic ends and travel restrictions are removed. The President of DAAD prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee said,
“With the new Online DAAD Scholarship offers, as the world’s largest funding organization for academic exchange, we want to make it easy to combine online and face-to-face learning phases during a DAAD scholarship and thus take the changed framework conditions into account worldwide.”
in the past few months, when most of the international scholarships and grant programs are canceled or postponed, DAAD is trying to clear the confusion among the international students which have been created due to this situation and have announced a set of regulations for international scholarship holders. This measure not only ensures that the students don’t have to waste their time and wait for the pandemic to end to pursue their careers but also to provide a quality education through face-to-face interaction by the use of technology. Additionally, Germany is also trying to control the spread of the virus to bring life back to its normal pace.
How German Universities are dealing with COVID 19 situations?
As the person to person interaction is impeded due to the pandemic, the German universities are trying their best to improve the use of online technology for online learning programs. Moreover, as this digital learning is a new experience for both the students and the faculty, the German universities are trying to minimize the loss of academics by issuing online scholarships even to international students and processing admissions. These Universities are also working on improving distortions and perplexity to make the way of learning more effective.
What are the consequences of the pandemic on international students?
The results of a survey conducted in Germany by DAAD infers that 84.7% of the student’s plans have been affected due to the current situation. The currently enrolled students and those who want to join the german universities in the near future are halted either at their campuses or homes. The travel constraints, closed campuses, and the fear of being affected by COVID has created an uncertain and indecisive environment for everyone around.
Germany is the first country that launched the concept of Online Scholarships for their distance learning program modes.