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DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses 2017

DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses 2017
Masters/PhD Degree
Deadline: Aug-Oct 2016 (annual)
Study in:  Germany
Next course starts AY 2017/2018
Brief description:
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.
Host Institution(s):
German Universities offering development-related postgraduate courses


Level/Field(s) of Study:
Number of Scholarships:
Target group:
Young professionals from developing countries


Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:
The scholarships include monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates; payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover; and travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.
The scholarship duration is 12 to 24 months (depending on the particular institution)


• Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.
• Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.
• Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience.
• His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.
For courses in German: DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly recommended.
For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certifi cate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)


Application instructions:
Applications must be made directly to the respective course except for Cameroon where applications must be submitted via the German Embassy. Please refer to the respective course websites for the application procedure, the application deadline, and the documents to be submitted. Deadline varies depending on the course but falls around August-October 2016.


Application documents
Required documents (in the following order):
  • hand-signed CV (please use the europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
  • hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation)
  • research exposé (if required by university)
  • academic letter/s of recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • professional letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home
  • Proof of language abilities
    – English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted)
    – German – necessary for the courses taught in German; for the courses taught in English, if available
    – copies of awarded academic degrees
    – copies of academic transcripts
    – copy of School Leaving Certificate
Note: Some courses may require additional documents. For detailed information, please see the relevant course description on the following pages. All documents must be submitted as identical duplicates.
Application deadline
Depending on chosen study programme; please check scholarship brochure or the website of your chosen study programme.
Application address
  • Apply directly to the chosen study programme
  • Exceptions: Cameroon, Nigeria and Myanmar: through the German embassy (application deadlines at the embassies: 31st July every year)
It is important to read the 2017/2018 brochure and visit the official website to access the application form.

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