2016/2017 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Development-Related Postgraduate Scholarships in Germany for Developing Countries


Application Deadline: July 31st 2015

From among the large number of postgraduate courses offered by German institutions of higher education, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a carefully chosen selection of programmes of particular interest to junior executives from developing countries.

These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide young,academically-trained professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.
At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
• Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics
• Development Co-operation
• Engineering and Related Sciences
• Mathematics
• Regional Planning
• Agriculture and Forest Sciences
• Environmental Sciences
• Medicine and Public Health
• Veterinary Medicine
• Social Sciences and Education
• Media Studies
Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
•Duration: 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution
• Internationally recognised Master’s degree
• Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
• Support of selected programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships
• Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development), but admission also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources
• Academic year 2016/2017
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 at least two years of related professional experience.
• His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.
Language Skills:
• For courses in German: DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly recommended.
• Exception:
Candidates for some German-speaking or bilingual courses need a very good command of German at the time of application. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages.
• Note:It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least A.2.1 Level), even with the preceding six-month, intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for graduating from the German university.
• For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213
computer based, 80 internet based)
Note : Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages

Application Process

  • Applications have to be sent to the respective course directly!
  • Please refer to their respective websites for the application procedure (e.g. online application), for the application deadline and the documents to be submitted.
  • Applications from Cameroon and Nigeria must be submitted via the German Embassy.
  • Application deadline at the German Embassy: 31 July 2015.
  • Applications sent via e-mail to the DAAD cannot be considered during the selection process.
  • Applicants are asked to state whether they are able to pay for cost of living expenses and their studies in Germany themselves or whether they can only complete the postgraduate course with financial support from a DAAD scholarship.
  • Qualified applicants for whom self-financing is possible, have a good chance of being accepted by a postgraduate course
Required Documents for a DAAD scholarship application (in the following order):
• Hand-signed CV (please use the sample europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
• Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation)
• 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 guaran-
tee 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; for courses taught in English, if available
• 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, as well as two address labels written in Chinese characters with their application documents.
Dates and Deadlines
  • Scholarship applicants from developing countries (on the DAC List of the OECD) can apply directly to the postgraduate course.
  • The selection process generally takes place at the universities in the period from November to February.
  • Scholarships are usually awarded for the following winter semester.
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