DAAD Call for Scholarship Applications 2019 at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

Application Deadline: November 15th 2018

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as a publicly funded, selfgoverning
organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany, promotes
international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with
developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes.
As part of the „ /In-Region Scholarship Progamme” DAAD offers scholarships for
PhD studies.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the
first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained

The target group for scholarships are postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa
(excluding South Africa) with a Master’s degree who want to pursue PhD courses
in South Africa (In-Region scholarships). It has been agreed upon that DAAD cooperates with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) by offering up to six In-Region Scholarships for PhD studies at AIMS for the intake 2019.


  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university degree
    (doctoral candidates) with above average results (upper forth of class)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at
    the time of application
  • must be nationals or permanent resident of a Sub-Saharan African
    Country, excluding South Africa
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate
    considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public
  • Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are
    especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

Eligible Field

The /In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with
strong relevance to national development.
The scholarships at AIMS are available in the following fields:

  • Mathematical Sciences

Place of tenure

  • The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 6-8 Melrose Road, Muizenberg
    7945, South Africa; Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University
    of the Western Cape

Duration and Commencement

  • The duration of the PhD programme is generally three years generally starting in January 2019

Applicaion and Selection Procedure
The application process contains two steps.

First step:

  • Applicants must apply for their studies at AIMS using the contacts and the method
    that is prescribed by the institution. AIMS has set its own deadlines. AIMS will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list
    the applicants.
  • A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire
    list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also
    be availed to DAAD. The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least
    double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution.
    DAAD reserves the right of final selection.
  • Second step:

Pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal and register
themselves and submit an DAAD application.
1. Register online via the DAAD-Portal (if not already registered):
https://portal.daad.de, Deadline: 15.11.2018
2. Apply online via the DAAD-Portal under the tab “Personal Funding“/
Documents to be submitted:
– DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)
– Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen
form at http://europass.cedefop. Europa.eu), including a list of
publications (if applicable).
– Recommendation letter by university teachers (PhD 2)
– Letter of admission of the host university / institution / network
– Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
– Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research
stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
– Copy of the passport
– Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor
– Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and time
table (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in
Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
– Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title
of proposal

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAAD-AIMS Scholarships 2019



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