Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Scholarships for Study and/or Research, highly qualified graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for a year of independent research or a full Master’s degree program at a German university.

View the DAAD Study Scholarship recipient directory for a comprehensive list of scholars.

2020 UW DAAD Scholars:

Ellie (Esteli) Garcia, Scholar

Biology & Psychology, Alumna

Esteli Garcia

University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Ellie has experience working in research laboratories ranging from insect physiology to molecular pathways in unicellular organisms. After graduating she spent a year and a half working in a biochemistry lab and realized that she loves science as an idea, but she wanted to try a different profession. Ellie decided to do what anyone else would when faced with a quarter-life crisis: she squeezed her life into two suitcases and moved halfway across the world. She spent the next year and a half teaching high school chemistry and biology in Cambodia where she found her purpose in inspiring her students to love science.

Ellie’s tip: Plan ahead, start working on the DAAD application ~1 year before you want to start.


Layla Jamil, Scholar

Neuroscience, Class of 2020

I have been a student at the University of Washington for the past four years, pursuing a major in neuroscience and a minor in music, the two subjects that I cherish the most. With this Bachelor of Science, I intend on pursuing medical school and become a doctor in order to help save lives and provide help to the less fortunate. My professional goals are highly motivated by my personal experiences in the medical field. Being from a multi-ethnic family, I was exposed to how diversity can create a better community of strong, smart and hardworking people. As someone who has grown up in the Seattle area for my whole life, I applied for the DAAD in order to experience something fresh and new with the support of the neuroscience department at UW. The experience I hope to gain with the DAAD was inspired by my experiences as a FIUTS Student Board member. I would like to continue learning about different cultures and further my understanding of how the field of science can further benefit with diversity. My personal goals are to explore how different societies operate and to use beneficial learning experiences I encounter all around the world to develop as an individual. I look forward to furthering my contributions to the field of science and I hope to inspire other young women to take on the challenge of pursuing the competitive field of neuroscience. Lastly, I want to make a positive impact within my field of study so the future generations can continue progressing.

Layla’s tip: If I can do it, you can do it! Do not procrastinate on the application!


Previous UW DAAD Scholars

2018 - 2019

Mia Harrison, Scholar

Media & Communication Studies, Bothell campus

Mia Harrison

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest but after spending time abroad, in particular Germany, I decided that it was time to explore a new environment. As an artist, I am constantly looking at ways disenfranchised people can reclaim their identity and heal from historical trauma. This passion blends with my academic pursuits as I am researching the ways communities have regained access to lost ancestral archives. My goal is to develop ways that individuals, communities and nations can heal traumatic histories.



2016 – 2017

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Hayley McCord, Scholar

Germanics and International Studies major


2015 - 2016

Melissa Gile, Scholar

Chemical Engineering major

Melissa Gile

While I am studying chemical engineering, I have also found love for many different activities ranging from painting to soccer to learning German. A big part of my identity is that I am multifaceted in my personal and professional interests. I’ll be able to tie many of these interests together by pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the Fachhochschule Münster through a DAAD Study Scholarship. In particular, I am interested in the development of technologies via translational research. As a chemical engineer, I believe that I am responsible for the facilitation of scientific advancements, as well as their impacts on the community and environment at large. In the future, I aim to pursue this through the innovation and affordable development of biomedical devices and materials.


Anna Noble, Scholar

Communications major


2013 - 2014

Christiane Stachl, Scholar

Chemistry and Neurobiology major

Christiane Stachl

After graduating in June 2014 with a double degree in Chemistry and Neurobiology, Christiane plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either Physical or Analytical Chemistry. The DAAD Study Scholarship will allow her to conduct research at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, using a combination of methods to investigate the structure and dynamics of biological molecules. This scholarship will enable her to merge several of her interests within the field of Chemistry and also allow her to strengthen her German language skills, which she is really looking forward to.


2012 - 2013

Teri Guethner, Scholar (Declined)

Anthropology major, Education, Learning & Society minor

Teri Guethner


Keiko Weir, Scholar

Economics and Neurobiology major


2011 - 2012

Alexandru Baja, Scholar

Microbiology major, European studies minor

Alexandru Baja

A native of Sibiu, Romania and a spring 2012 college graduate obtaining a B.S in Microbiology /minor in European Studies, Alexandru Bȃja is attempting to pursue a career in medicine. The DAAD Study Scholarship will enable him to undertake a research project in the framework of the Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention (IPEK) at the Ludwig-Maximilans University in Munich, as well as strengthen his academic background by taking regular university courses. This experience will represent a point of reference in his transition to the medical world.

2010- 2011

Lindsey Einhaus, Scholar

Philosophy and History major

Lindsey Einhaus

Lindsey Einhaus, a native of Port Orchard, WA, graduated cum laude from UW in December 2006 with double majors in Philosophy and History. As an undergraduate, Lindsey spent a summer teaching English in rural China, studied German language at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, and spent a semester studying and conducting independent field research in Kumasi, Ghana as part of a Jackson School of International Studies program. Upon graduation, Lindsey took a position as Legislative Aide for banking and finance regulation to U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in Washington, DC. After covering the global financial crisis in this position for nearly two years, Lindsey joined the Peace Corps in March 2009 with an intention to serve in Ukraine so she could learn more about post-Soviet political and economic development. From 2009 to May 2011, Lindsey worked in the small city of Zhmerynka, Ukraine, as an official partner of the Zhmerynka City Council. Her work with the Council focused on helping it build relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and during her service she designed and implemented three grants funded by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) totaling more than $10,000. She also founded a group for volunteers in Ukraine called the Business and Economic Development Working Group, which serves as a forum for volunteers to meet with Ukrainian business leaders and discuss Ukrainian economic issues. As a DAAD Graduate Study Scholar, Lindsey’s research will focus on German business expansion in Ukraine and the possibility of creating stronger EU-Ukrainian relations through increased European business investment in post-Soviet states. Following her time in Germany, Lindsey plans to pursue a joint Master’s degree in business and public policy.


2009 - 2010

Matthew Richardson, Scholar

English (Creative Writing), Comparative Literature, and European Studies major

After studying four years at UW and completing three degrees, I am currently living in Spain, teaching to English to Spanish third graders for the 2009-2010 school year in El Ejido, an immigrant rich intensive farming town in Andalucía. In the coming year I will build on these experiences while studying Political Science in Europe again, though at the moment I’ve yet to decide on a university. Luckily, the DAAD has offered me two years of supported study in Germany, which I am likely to make use of. In Germany I intend to study the role an active state in managing immigrant integration. In addition to leanring a great deal about Political Science generally, my experience in Europe will be of great help in appreciating the uniquely American context. After my study abroad, I hope to continue my study on the doctoral level, but specifically in my career I hope to produce practical consultancy work that can be used in policy consultation. This combined theoretical and practical contribution is my prime goal in study and work, and eventually I hope also to reach a level where I too can teach my material to students.