The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a carefully chosen selection of programmes of particular interest to junior executives from developing countries. These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide young, academically-trained professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.
- Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
- Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
- Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
- Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics
- Development Co-operation
- Engineering and Related Sciences
- Regional Planning
- Agriculture and Forest Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Medicine and Public Health
- Veterinary Medicine
- Social Sciences and Education
- Media Studies
Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD scholarship recipients ensure that:
- Priority target candidates have proven, development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings (motivation, commitment to development).
- The candidates have the professional and academic qualifi cations necessary to ensure successful completion of the degree programme in Germany (fi nal scores on previous academic examinations, language skills).
- Women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for programme admission..
General Information about the Programme
- Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
- Duration: 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution
- Internationally recognised Master’s degree
- Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
- Support of selected programmes with a variety of scholarships
- Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), but admission also open to self-fi nanced participants or students fi nanced through government or other sources
- Academic year 2017/2018
Prerequisites and Requirements
The Typical Scholarship Holder:
- Works 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 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.
- Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience.
- His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.
- For courses in German: DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly recommended.
- Exception: Candidates for some German-speaking or bilingual courses need a very good command of German at the time of application. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages.
- Note: It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least A.2.1 Level), even with the preceding six-month intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for graduating from the German university.
- For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certifi cate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based) Note: Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages.
Proof of current work situation:
All applicants must state their current work situation at the time of application and submit the following proof: Certifi cate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment; a letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany.
Statement of Motivation:
Applicants must submit a statement of motivation explaining why they are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to their current employment.
- Applications have to be sent to the respective course directly! Please refer to their respective websites for the application procedure (e.g. online application), for the application deadline and the documents to be submitted.
- Exception: Applications from Cameroon must be submitted via the German Embassy.
- Applications sent via e-mail to the DAAD cannot be considered during the selection process.
- Applicants are asked to state whether they are able to pay for cost of living expenses and their studies in Germany themselves or whether they can only complete the postgraduate course with financial support from a DAAD scholarship. Qualified applicants for whom self-financing is possible, have a good chance of being accepted by a postgraduate course.
- Please note: Scholarships cannot be awarded without the offi cial DAAD application form. Many courses, however, have their own forms, which must be submitted in addition to the DAAD application form (see details under course descriptions).
Required Documents for a DAAD scholarship application (in the following order)
- DAAD application form (www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/en/deutschland/formulare/ forschungsstipendium_en.pdf)
- Hand-signed CV (please use the sample europass form at https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
- Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation, about two pages)
- Research Proposal (if required by university)
- Academic Letter/s of Recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and offi cial stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
- Professional Letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have a signature and offi cial stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
- Certifi cate(s) of Employment from the employer in the home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon returning home.
- Proof of Language Skills:
- English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted.)
- German – required for courses taught in German; for courses taught in English, if available
- Copies of Academic Degrees
- Copies of Academic Transcripts
- Copy of School Leaving Certifi cate
- Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certifi cate, as well as two address labels written in Chinese characters with their application documents.
Note: Some courses may require additional documents. For detailed information, please see the relevant course description on the following pages and on the respective websites.
- Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
- If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms.
- All submitted application forms, including all required documents, copies, etc. become property of the respective university. The applicant has no right to payment or reimbursement. No documents will be returned.
- For economic and environmental reasons, please avoid using sheet holders and plastic folders in your application. Thank you.