DAAD In-Country / In-Regions (Masters & PhD) Scholarship Progamme 2017 for Sub-Saharan African Students.

Application Deadline: July 28th 2017

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as a publicly funded, self-governing 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-Country / In-Region Scholarship Progamme“ DAAD offers scholarships for
PhD and Master 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 personnel.
The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa
with a first academic degree if applying for a master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Saharan African
country (In-Region scholarships). It has been agreed upon that DAAD cooperates with Centred’Etude Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) by offering up to 2 In- Region and 1 In-Country scholarships for PhD and up to 3In-Region and1
In-Country scholarships for Master studies at CERAAS for the intake 2017.
  • Applicants have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or 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 residents of a Sub- Saharan African country
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public or private university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector or d) DAFI-Alumni (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative)
  • Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.


  • DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research grant in Germany for 2 up to 6 months.
  • The short-term research scholarship includes:
  • a monthly scholarship payment for living costs which amounts to 1.000 € per month
  • health/accident/personal liability insurance
  • a lump sum for travel expenses
Eligible fields
The In-Country/ In-Region Scholarship Programme Scholarships supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development. The scholarships at CERAAS are available in the following fields:
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Agronomy
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Health
  • Agroforestry

Application Procedure:

  • The duration
  • of the PhD programme is three years
  • of the Master programme is two years
  • starting in December 2017.
  • Application and Selection Procedure
    The application process contains two steps.
    First step:
  • Applicants must apply for their studies at CERAAS using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. CERAAS has set their own deadlines. CERAAS 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 at least double or triple (optional) 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.
  • The institution is requested to
    communicate the following information to the shortlisted candidates:
    1. Register online via the DAAD-Portal (if not already registered): https://portal.daad.de
    2. Apply online via the DAAD Portal under the tab “Personal Funding“/“Application“
    Documents to be submitted:-
  • DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal)
    – Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the european specimenform at http://europass.cedefop. Europa.eu), including a list of publications (if applicable).
  • – Recommendation letter by university lecturers (Master 1, PhD 2)
  • Official letter of admission or any other binding document guaranteeing admission

    to the host university / institution / network
    Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripst
    Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
    Copy of the passport

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAAD In-Country / In-Regions (Masters & PhD) Scholarship Progamme 2017



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