DAAD-Scholarships: Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries

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Postgraduate Degree Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries


* Study scholarships are awarded to provide foreign graduates from developing or threshold countries of all disciplines with opportunities to complete a postgraduate or Master‘s degree course at a state (public) or state-recognised German higher education institution and to gain a degree in Germany (Master‘s/Diplom). Exceptions for doctoral studies in order to gain a university degree (PhD) in Germany are possible.


* Depending on the length of the chosen degree course, the study scholarship will be awarded for between 12 and 24 months.


* The DAAD will pay a monthly award of 750 Euro. As a rule, the scholarship additionally includes certain payments towards health insurance cover in Germany. In addition, the DAAD generally will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source. Furthermore, the DAAD will pay a study and research allowance and, where appropriate, a rent subsidy and family allowance.


* Applications for DAAD study scholarships with relevance to developing countries are open to excellently-qualified graduates who hold a Bachelor‘s, Diplom or comparable academic degree. Generally, no more than six years should have passed between the time when they gained their degree and the time of this application. Please note: For some courses with relevance to developing countries there are age limits.

* Besides previous academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing presentation of the applicant‘s academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany and the expected profit towards development policy.

* Applicants are expected to look upon at least two years of work in their special field and should, if possible, working in a ministry, central department, subdivision, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a company or firm or in a project for aid towards developing countries.

* If the degree programme includes a several month long stay abroad, funding for this stay abroad will generally only be considered if it takes place in a developing country and lasts a maximum of 6 months and covers a maximum of 25 per cent of the scholarship term.

* Good German language skills are generally a requirement for German/English postgraduate studies. Exceptions are possible when scholarship holders are enrolled in degree courses which are instructed in English. The DAAD may fund attendance of an on-line language course (DUO) in the the scholarship holder‘s country and a German language course at a language school in Germany before the scholarship-supported studies begin. This is free of charge to the scholarship holder.

* Please note: All graduate courses use additional application conditions which have to be considered in any case.

* Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of application, cannot be considered.

Application papers

* Detailed information on which application papers need to be submitted can be found on the Application Form for "Research Grants and Study Scholarships" ("Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/Studienstipendium"), which can be obtained on the Internet:
or, from the diplomatic and consular representations of the Federal Republic of Germany, from DAAD Lektors, from the DAAD regional offices or Information and Advice Centres, and from partner organisations as well as from the new brochure "Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries":

* The DAAD will not consider incomplete applications.

Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice

* The DAAD website provides further specific information as well as information on the exact deadlines for the submission of the application papers and on where applications should be sent. You may as well contact the German Embassy or the DAAD Information Centre in your country for further information:

DAAD (Head Office), Bonn
DAAD (Regional Office), New Delhi
* Please submit your application dossier to the respective course (enlisted in the brochure of Development-Related Postgraduate Courses of 2015/2016) at the respective University directly.

* Students are also required to explore the website of the respective course for the application procedure (e.g. online application), for the application deadline and the documents to be submitted.

* Information on study opportunities in Germany can be found at:
or at: