Application Deadline: June 15th 2021
The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related
Master or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa. By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:
- Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities
To achieve these long-term impacts, the following outcomes have been
formulated as programme objectives:
Programme objective 1: Graduates have qualified to take over responsible positions in their, or for their, region of origin
Programme objective 2: The participation of women and underprivileged groups is reinforced
Programme objective 3: Organizational, financial and personal capacities of partner institutions are strengthened
As part of the „In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme“ 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 SubSaharan Africa (excluding South 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 another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study programme in a country of their home region (here: SubSaharan Africa /outside their home country).
– must have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division)
– must clearly show motivation and strong commitment
– must have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
– must have generally 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 sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme
Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.
The scholarships at Stellenbosch University are available in the following field:
Molecular Biology and Human Genetics (MBHG)
Place of tenure Stellenbosch University, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
Duration and Commencement
Duration of the standard period of study and start date according to the agreement between the host institution and the DAAD:
For the PhD programme, the duration is generally three years and is usually starting in February 2022
For the Master programme, the duration is generally two years and is usually starting in February 2022.
Please note that the maximum duration of the scholarship is based on the time that is left until the scholarship holder has reached the regular period of studies in that programme; i.e., if you apply for a DAAD scholarship starting in your second year of studies of a three-year programme, the maximum duration of the scholarship will be two years.
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