DAAD Scholarship in Germany

About DAAD Scholarship in Germany

The DAAD encourages the training of specialists from developing and newly industrialized nations through its development-oriented postgraduate study programs. Local experts who are well-trained and connected to foreign partners play a vital role in their countries’ long-term development. They are the best hope for a brighter future for everyone, with less poverty, more education, and better health. The scholarships provide opportunities for foreign graduates from developing and newly industrialized countries with at least two years of professional experience to pursue a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, or in exceptional cases, a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

  • Host Institution(s): German Universities offering development-related postgraduate courses
  • Level/Field(s) of Study: Masters or PhD courses in Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics; Development Cooperation; Engineering and Related Sciences; Mathematics; Regional and Urban Planning; Agricultural and Forest Sciences; Natural and Environmental Sciences; Medicine and Public Health; Social Sciences, Education and Law; and Media Studies.
  • Number of Scholarships: Limited
  • Target group: Students from eligible countries.
  • Duration: 12 to 42 months of funding (dependent on study programme)
  • Deadline: Aug-Oct 2022 (annual)

Benefits of DAAD scholarship in Germany

  • Monthly payments of 861 euros for graduates and 1,200 euros for doctorate candidates, depending on academic level.
  • Insurance premiums for health, accident, and personal liability.
  • Unless the expenses are covered by the home nation or another source of support, a travel allowance is required.
  • Scholarship recipients may be eligible for the following additional advantages in certain circumstances:
  • Rent subsidy on a monthly basis
  • Allowance for family members who attend you on a monthly basis

Selection Criteria

  • Candidates must meet the academic standards and can be anticipated to complete a study program in Germany (above-average first academic exam result – top performance third, language skills).
  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree (typically a four-year program) in a relevant field.
  • Candidates should have a minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • Candidates must have development-related motivation and will be required to assume social responsibility and initiate and support change processes in their personal and professional environments following their training/scholarship.
  • His or her academic degrees should be no older than six years.
  • Applicants who have lived in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not eligible.
  • For German language classes (scholarship covers a 6-month German language course in Germany): Before beginning the study course, you must pass the language exams DSH 2 or TestDaF 4.
  • For English courses, applicants need an IELTS (Band 6) or TOEFL score (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)

How To Apply for DAAD Scholarship in Germany

All applications must be addressed directly to the relevant course! Please see their websites for information on the application process (e.g., online application), the application deadline, and the required documents.
The DAAD will not forward your application to the appropriate course/university.

Candidates have the option of applying for up to three courses. Please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms if you are applying to more than one course.

Documents for the application
Documents required (in the following order):

  • DAAD application form signed and current.
  • Please use the sample europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/ to sign your CV with today’s date
  • With current date, personally sign a Letter of Motivation (with reference to present occupation and postgraduate program(s) of choice, two pages maximum).
  • IMPORTANT: You must submit a single motivation letter explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority if you are applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum three courses).
  • A letter of recommendation from your current employer; the letter must be on letterhead, include a signature and an official stamp, and be current.
  • Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) at the time of application, demonstrating a minimum of two years of relevant working experience (after the bachelor’s degree) and, if feasible, a promise of re-employment from your current employer upon return home.
  • Proof of Language Proficiency:
  • IELTS or TOEFL for English (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
  • German – needed for German-taught courses
  • Academic Degrees on Copies of Copies of Copies of Copies of Copies of (certified translation if necessary)
  • Academic Transcripts, including grading scales (certified translation if necessary)
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must present an APS Certificate along with their application materials.

IMPORTANT: Applicants must make sure they have a duplicate of each application document on hand, as those documents (as PDF files) must be uploaded to the DAAD Portal recommended for a DAAD scholarship.

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