DAAD Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) Scholarships 2018/2019 for Study in Germany (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Varying by Institution

  • Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
  • Internationally recognised Master’s and PhD degree
  • Duration: 12-24 months for Master (depending on the particular institution) and 36 months for PhD
  • Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Support of selected programmes with a variety of scholarships (including German language courses)
  • 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

With its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialised countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all.

The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.


The Typical Scholarship Holder:
• Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and,
as such, is 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 (normally four years) in a related subject.
• Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and ideally at
least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor).
•His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old
At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
• 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
• Media Studies

Scholarship Worth

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

Duration of funding

12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme)


  • Candidates fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship
Required Documents for a DAAD scholarship application (in the following order):
• Hand-signed CV (please use the sample europass form http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
• Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation, two pages maximum)
• Research Proposal (if required by university)
• Academic Letter/s of Recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and official 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 official stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
• Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer in the home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon returning home.
• Proof of Language Skills:
• English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted.)
• German – required for courses taught in German
• Copies of Academic Degrees
• Copies of Academic Transcripts
• Copy of School Leaving Certificate
• Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate with
their application documents

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAAD Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) Scholarships 2018/2019


  1. First of all i want to express my heartfelt gratitude for you for creating such a big chance of advancing our level education which is very crucial for enhancing the daily living activity of our people and generally the development our country. I am from Ethiopia. I am very interesting to get my Phd from Germeny if sponsorship is provided to me. My eductional back ground can be shortly present as follow; My Bsc. degree is in Soil and Water Management Engineering with CGPA of 3.88 and My Msc. degree is in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. If possible, i want to learn my Phd in Water Engineering or hyraulic and water resource Engineering or Water resource Engineering.
    With best regards Ataklti Gezae (From Ethiopia)

  2. I graduated from Amoud University in Somalia, agricultural and environmental Science in 2009-2013.
    I have an experience more than 2 years for agriculture, I worked with Rural Development Concern ( RDC) Partnership with Germany Agro Action ( GAA) as well as Development Alternative integrity ( DAI) partnership with U.SAID as an independent consultant. I have been working with Somali Agricultural Technical group ( SATG) for livestock and agricultural Development in a south and central Somalia since 2013-2014. Now, I Study master in Agricultural Engineering at Szent Istvan University in Hungary, supposed to be a graduate in 2018 June. I would like to get this courses for my master again in Germany because of needs to Somalia community: I have also English as Second Language ( E.S.L) as well as Advanced English Certificate from Central Europian University ( CEU) in Budapest.
    1. Master Water resource and environmental management .
    2. Master Geography of Environmental Risks and human security.
    3.Master Environmental Governace.
    4. Master in Natural Resource Managment.
    I would like to apply this opportunity for my people to work as a consultant and trained in the future for Somalis, I found the application form but I do not know how could I send the documents to you. I would like to give a guideline to send through.
    Waiting for your feedback.
    Many thanks.
    Abdulkadir Kasim Farah.

  3. I gratuated from Ethiopian evangilical church mekane yesus seminary by leadership & development studies
    in 2015-2017.

    I would like to apply to get your scholarship that you are giving for international students.


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