The DAAD/GSA book prizes are funded through the North American office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and carry an award of $1,000. Under the provision of the DAAD grant, eligibility is restricted to authors who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and Canada. Translations, editions, anthologies, memoirs, and books that have been previously published are not eligible.
Two prizes are awarded: one for the best book in literature or cultural studies, and one for the best book in history or social sciences:
- DAAD/GSA Prize for the Best Book in Literature and Cultural Studies
- DAAD/GSA Prize for the Best Book in History and Social Sciences