The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.
These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide academically-trained young professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.
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 Planning
- Agriculture and Forest Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Medicine and Public Health
- Veterinary Medicine
- Social Sciences and Education and Law
- Media Studies
See the complete List of eligible courses for 2015/2016 with application deadlines (*.pdf)
Number of awards
Not specified by provider, but many are given out every year
12 to 24 months, depending on the particular institution you apply to
DAAD scholarship supports selected programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships.
Methods of Application
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 - either full or partial. Applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must submit a DAAD application form, a hand-signed CV and supporting documents. DAAD application forms are available from the German Embassies, the DAAD offices abroad, directly from the University or on the DAAD website.
Applications from Cameroon and Nigeria must be submitted via the German Embassy (please contact the German Embassy in time regarding information about the deadlines). Applicants from the People's Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate, as well as 2 address labels written in Chinese characters with their application documents.
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 through the complete set of required documents (as stated on this page) and to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information.
Please contact the respective postgraduate course regarding the application deadline, because the application deadlines may vary from university to university. Please also check the relevant deadlines in the official DAAD brochure. Applicants should ensure to check information regarding course-specific application closing dates directly with the individual universities because they may vary from the general deadlines listed below.
As a general rule, the deadline for scholarship applications is between October to December 2015 (depending on the German institution).
The selection process for admission into all postgraduate courses listed in the DAAD booklet lasts from the end of October until February.
Scholarships cannot be awarded without the official DAAD application form. Many courses, however, have their own forms, which must be submitted in addition to the DAAD application form.
One scholarship application per postgraduate course is sufficient.
Applications via email will not be accepted.
Late applications cannot be considered!
The postgraduate course and/or the university decide on admission after consideration of the application documents. Admission to the university is a prerequisite for receiving a DAAD scholarship. However, applicants do not need to request early or pre-admission to the university
Application Deadline: 15 October - December 2015
Open to International students: Yes
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