The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is an association of German institutions of higher education and their student bodies established in 1925. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a range of development-oriented postgraduate study programmes at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing and newly industrialised countries with further specialized studies.
The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses scholarships offer foreign graduates from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.
If you have no private financial resources or cannot obtain a scholarship from your government, company or an international organisation, you may apply for a DAAD scholarship. Applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
You should note that several conditions apply. However, the typical scholarship holder:
- holds at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree, completed with above-average results;
- received their latest degree no more than six years ago;
- have at least two years of full-time professional experience gained after the completion of their first university degree;
- has English test scores that meet the German University requirements.
Concerning a possible age limit, please refer to the course details on the official website.
For the complete eligibility requirements, please refer to the official website. You must meet the eligibility requirements of the particular programme you are applying to.
Citizens of Developing Countries [in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe (as defined by the DAC List of the OECD)]
All German Universities (offering postgraduate courses with relevance to developing countries.)
Field(s) of Study
Postgraduate courses for professionals with relevance to developing countries. At present, these postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
- Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics
- Development Co-operation
- Engineering and Related Sciences
- Regional and Urban Planning
- Agriculture and Forest Sciences
- Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Medicine and Public Health
- Social Sciences and Education and Law
- Media Studies
See the complete List of eligible courses for 2018/2019 with application deadlines (*.pdf)
Number of awards
Not specified by provider, but many are given out every year
12-24 months for Master (depending on the particular institution) and 36 months for PhD
Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates. Also, payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
In addition, there is travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.
Methods of Application
All applicants must submit a DAAD application form, a hand-signed CV and other supporting documents. DAAD application forms are available from the German Embassies, the DAAD offices abroad, directly from the University or on the DAAD website. Please note that there may be country-specific information. Applications from Cameroon must be submitted via the German Embassy in that country.
Apply directly to the chosen study programme. Please be sure to address applications to the postgraduate course directly! Applications sent via e-mail to the DAAD cannot be considered during the selection process.
It is important to carefully read the 2018/2019 Programme Brochure, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.
Application deadlines depend on chosen study programme; please check scholarship brochure or the website of your chosen study programme as deadlines may vary from university to university. As a general rule, however, most of the deadline will fall in between August to October 2017. A few deadlines will fall in between January to April 2018.
Application deadlines at the German embassies is 31st July every year.
Applications via email will not be accepted. Late applications cannot be considered!
Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd)
Country to Study in: Germany
Application Deadline: 31 Jul-Oct 2017 || Jan-Apr 2018
Open to International students: