DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowships with emphasis on National or Regional Development in Sub-Saharan Africa 2021

DAAD invites applications for the DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowships with emphasis on National or Regional Development in Sub-Saharan Africa for the 2021/22 academic session.

The In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme aims at fostering strong,
internationally-oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the
capacity to contribute to sustainable development. By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:

  • Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Postgraduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and
    partner universities.

Worth of Award

Successful candidates will receive a

  • monthly instalment of 1.000 EUR (In-Region) and 500 EUR (In-Country).
  • monthly research allowance of 100 EUR.
  • a one-time Travel Allowance payment (In-Region only).
  • annual Health insurance coverage (In-Region only).


Candidates must be

  • current or prospective teaching or research staff at a university or research institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • invited by a Sub-Saharan African host institution.
  • nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.

Similarly, they should

  • preferably be former DAAD Scholarship Holders from Sub-Saharan Africa within the In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme or from cooperation projects with German universities.
  • have completed their PhD degree generally not more than six years ago.
  • preferably come from other countries than the country where the programme takes place.
  • be female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
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Applications may come from all subject areas with strong relevance to national or
regional development.

How to Apply

Documents to be submitted for the DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sub-Saharan Africa include

  • DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal).
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu), including a list of publications (if
  • Invitation and nomination by the host institution.
  • Research proposal (up to 5 pages) which must have been arranged in advance with the host researcher.
  • Detailed time and work plan.
  • 2 recommendation letters by academic referees.
  • PhD certificate (certified as a true copy of the original certificate).
  • Letter of Motivation (mentioning the former host institution and funding

Deadline: The application closing date is July 1, 2021, for fellowships starting November 1, 2021.


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