Friday, April 1, 2011

German Government DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from Developing Countries with further specialised studies.The typical scholarship holders will come either from public authorities, state or private companies concerned with national development policies and projects in technological, economic, agricultural and social fields. Therefore, apart from a degree relevant to the postgraduate course, it is required that candidates have at least two years of related professional experience in order to qualify for a scholarship.


Study scholarships are awarded to provide foreign graduates from developing or threshold countries of all disciplines with opportunities to complete a postgraduate or Master's degree course at a state (public) or state-recognised German higher education institution and to gain a degree in Germany (Master's/Diplom). Exceptions for doctoral studies in order to gain a university degree (PhD) in Germany are possible.


Depending on the length of the chosen degree course, the study scholarship will be awarded for between 10 and 24 months.


The DAAD will pay a monthly award of 750 euros. As a rule, the scholarship additionally includes certain payments towards health insurance cover in Germany. In addition, the DAAD generally will pay an appropriate flat-rate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source. Furthermore, the DAAD will pay a study and research allowance and, where appropriate, a rent subsidy and family allowance.

  • Applications for DAAD study scholarships with relevance to developing countries are open to excellently-qualified graduates who hold a Bachelor's, Diplom or comparable academic degree. Generally, no more than six years should have passed between the time when they gained their degree and the time of this application. Please note: For some courses with relevance to developing countries there are age limits.
  • Besides previous academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing presentation of the applicant's academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany and the expected profit towards development policy.
  • Applicants are expected to look upon at least two years of work in their special field and should, if possible, working in a ministery, central department, subdivision, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a company or firm or in a project for aid towards developing countries.
  • If the degree programme includes a several month long stay abroad, funding for this stay abroad will generally only be considered if it takes place in a developing country and lasts a maximum of 6 months and covers a maximum of 25 per cent of the scholarship term.
  • Good German language skills are generally a requirement for German/English postgraduate studies. Exceptions are possible when scholarship holders are enrolled in degree courses which are instructed in English. The DAAD may fund attendance of an online language course (DUO) in the the scholarship holder's country and a German language course at a language school in Germany before the scholarship-supported studies begin. This is free of charge to the scholarship holder.
  • Please note: All graduate courses use additional application conditions which have to be considered in any case.
  • Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year at the time of application, cannot be considered.

Application papers

Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice
  • The DAAD website provides further specific information as well as information on the exact deadlines for the submission of the application papers and on where applications should be sent. You may as well contact the German Embassy or the DAAD Information Centre in your country for further information.
  • Please submit your application dossier to the German Embassy or the DAAD Information Centre or IC-Lektor in your country or direct to DAAD Headquarter, Dept. 431, Kennedyallee 50, D-53175 Bonn.
  • Information on study opportunities in Germany can be found at or at

Please note for all scholarship programmes: Scholarship announcements contain general information on the programme in question. Application conditions specifically for candidates from your country (Kenya) as well as information on the application process can be found, where applicable, at "Country Specific Information".

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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