DAAD invites applications for the 2016/2017 applications for Postgraduate courses for professionals from developing countries at German institutions of Higher education. The duration is 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution. Support of selected programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships

Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) but admission is also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources

Please contact the respective postgraduate course regarding the application deadline, because the application deadlines may vary from university to university. Please also check the specific deadlines listed in the brochure.

Worth of Award

  • The DAAD pays a monthly scholarship installment, currently set at EUR 750.00.
  • In addition, the scholarship includes costs for health, accident and liability insurance in Germany and an adequate travelling allowance, in so far as the home country or another donor is not already covering these expenses.
  • Furthermore, the DAAD pays an annual research grant. However, the universities might charge additional fess not covered by the scholarship (e.g., enrolment fee, semester ticket, etc.).


Prerequisites and Requirements
Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD scholarship recipients ensure that
  • priority target candidates have proven, development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings (motivation, commitment to development),
  • the candidates have the professional and academic qualifications necessary to ensure successful completion of the degree programme in Germany (final scores on previous academic examinations, language skills),
  • women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for programme admission.
a) The typical scholarship holder:
  • works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country (according to the DAC list of the OECD) 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 (4 years) in a related subject.
  • has completed an academic degree with far above average results and at least two years of related professional experience.
  • his/her academic degrees should normally not be more than 6 years old.
b) Language skills:
  • 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.
  • Exception: Candidates for some German-speaking or bilingual courses need a very good command of German at time of application. For detailed information see the relevant course introduction on the following pages.
  • Note: It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least A.2.1 Level), even with the preceding six-month, intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for graduating from the German university
  • For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)
Note: Some courses may expect different level. For detailed information see the relevant course introduction on the following pages.
Proof of current work situation: All applicants should state their current work situation at the time of application and submit the following proof: Certificate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment; a letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany.
Statement of motivation:Applicants must submit a statement of motivation explaining why they are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to their current employment.

How to Apply

Required documents (in the stated order):

  • DAAD Application Form
  • Hand-signed Curriculum Vitae. Please use the europass sample here
  • Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (relating to current professional occupation)
  • Research Proposal (if this is required by the university)
  • Academic Letter/s of Recommendation  from your home university. The letter must have a signature and official stamp and must be of recent date
  • Professional Letter/s of Recommendation from Employer. The letter/s must have a signature and official stamp and must be of recent date.
  • Certificate(s) of Employment from the Employer in the home country including and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon returning home
  • Proof of Language Skills:
    a) English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: the institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
    b) German – required for courses taught in German; if available, for courses taught in English
  • Certified copies of acquired University degrees (An Explanation of the university’s grading system has to be attached to all certificates. Copies of certificates must be officaly certified and if possible, DIN A4 or DIN A5.)
  • Certified copies of Transcripts of Grades
  • Certified copy of Secondary School Leaving Certificate/ High School Diploma

IMPORTANT: Applications from Cameroon, Myanmar, and Nigeria MUST be submitted at the German Embassy. Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are requested to include the APS Certificate as well as two address labels in their national language along with their other application documents.

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