The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, stands as a beacon of opportunity for international students When it comes to pursuing higher education abroad. DAAD scholarships provide an invaluable pathway to accessing world-class education in Germany, a country known for its academic excellence and technological advancements. Understanding the details of these scholarships is essential for aspiring scholars aiming to unlock their educational potential and broaden their horizons. In this section, we will look into the purpose and goals of DAAD scholarships, explore the Scholarships for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses available, and shed light on the eligibility criteria. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of this, prospective students can take the first step towards a transformative educational journey in Germany.
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a remarkable scholarship program specially tailored for development-related postgraduate courses. These scholarships provide aspiring scholars from around the world with a unique opportunity to pursue advanced studies in fields crucial to global development efforts. The DAAD recognizes the importance of investing in individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and passion to address pressing development challenges. With a focus on fields such as sustainable development, environmental management, public policy, and social sciences, these scholarships empower students to contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development goals of their home countries and beyond.
By providing financial support and access to prestigious universities and research institutions in Germany, the DAAD scholarships for development-related postgraduate courses create a pathway for students to acquire the expertise needed to make a positive impact in their respective fields.
The Study Focus Areas are:
Masters or Ph.D. courses in 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; and Media Studies.
These include monthly payments of 861 euros for graduates or 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates; payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover; and travel allowance, except where these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.
The scholarship duration is 12 to 24 months (depending on the particular institution) for a Master’s and 42 months for Ph.D.
Only Students from these eligible countries are allowed to apply.
The model scholarship holder:
• Is currently working 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 an 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.
• Must have completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor’s) at the time of application.
• His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.
• For study courses in German (scholarship includes a 6-month German language course): Successful passing of the language examination DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 before the start of the study course. Therefore a minimum German language level of B1 at the time of application is a requirement, that needs to be proofed by providing a certificate.
• For courses in English: Proof of adequate language skills, according to the regulations of the respective courses.
Instructions for Application:
Applications must be made directly to the respective course. Please refer to the respective course websites for the application procedure, the application deadline, and the documents to be submitted. The deadline varies depending on the course but falls around August-October 2023.