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    2018 DAAD Scholarship for Developing Countries

    The DAAD Scholarship application for developing countries for 2018-2019 session is now open to suitably qualified candidates from developing countries to study in German universities. The DAAD scholarship aims to fund and support foreign students, graduates, doctoral students, and young and early-stage researchers from developing countries who wish to study selected courses in a German university.

    Worth of Awards

    Awards usually cover school fees, monthly living allowance, travel expenses, health insurance, accident insurance, and personal/private liability insurance, etc.

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    General Information about the Programme

    The scholarship covers any of the following:

    • Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
    • Duration: 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution
    • Internationally recognised Master’s degree
    • Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Science)
    • 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 also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources
    • Academic year 2018/2019

    Prerequisites and Requirements.

    The typical scholarship holder:

    • Will come either from a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country (according to the DAC list of the OECD) and, as such, be 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 related subject.
    • Will have completed an academic degree far beyond average and at least two years of related professional experience.
    • Is not older than 36 (for some courses the age limit is 32), respectively his/her academic degrees should normally not be older than 6 years. Concerning a possible age limit, please refer to the course details on their website.

    How to Apply

    You should package the following documents and send them to the appropriate location (DAAD Embassy, DAAD in Bonn, or university depending on your country):

    • DAAD application form (See link below)
    • hand-signed CV (please use the europass specimen form; link below)
    • 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 (any one of the following):
    • 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
    • certified copies of awarded academic degrees
    • certified copies of academic transcripts
    • certified copy of School Leaving Certificate

    Application Deadlines: Deadlines vary according to different countries. Please see link below for a link to different country pages where you can find information about applying from your country. Generally, the general closing dates for applications are as follows:

    • German Embassy/DAAD Regional Office (For applicants from Cameroon, Myanmar and Nigeria): 31st July
    • DAAD in Bonn: 31st August
    • University where you want to study: 30th September or 15th October

    General information about the scholarship can be found here (click)

    For a link of developing countries on the DAC List of the OECD, click here.

    For a link to country-specific information about applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa, click here

    For information about the application form, click here (read carefully)

    For the Europass CV specimen, click here

    If you still have questions about applying, visit the FAQ page by clicking here

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