DAAD RISE-Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

The DAAD is following the developments regarding the coronavirus in order to flexibly react to changing situations. As of now, DAAD expects the RISE program to continue as planned in 2021. For any updates, please check the DAAD-RISE website. Deadline for RISE application is Dec 15, 2020 for summer 2021.
Pitt students interested in the RISE program for 2021 should carefully read through the RISE application requirements and prepare and submit the RISE application as outlined by the deadline.  The University of Pittsburgh will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision about students participating in global opportunities in the spring semester. Please reach out to Alicia Olalde, program manager for this program, or any Pitt study abroad advisor, with questions.
Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) is a summer internship program in Germany for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. 
Applicants are not required to have German language experience, though some exposure or basic German skills will be helpful. The working language will be in English. This is a very competitive program and about 300 scholarships are available. For more information check out the DAAD RISE website. 
Because this award is very competitive, we suggest you begin the application process early.
Pitt's application requirements include: 

  • Student in good standing- no disciplinary record
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Have well-defined study, research or internship plans for your stay in Germany
  • Students that have completed at least 4 semesters of university-level academics are encouraged to apply.
  • Please review providers website for more requirements

Costs: The DAAD website has information on if they provide funding and how much. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


Academic Description: 
If you want to receive credit for an internship abroad, please consult with your academic advisor. Must be a student studying: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering.
Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Application Instructions: 

You should first apply on this website and provide the required documents on our online web application. You will also need to complete the separate  RISE application on their website. 
Please note that Pitt's aplication deadline is NOT the same as the DAAD RISE deadline.  Their deadline is published on their website;  typically it's in early December. For Summer 2020, the DAAD Rise deadline is 12/15/20.   

SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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