DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses


From among the large number of postgraduate courses offered by German institutions of higher education, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a carefully chosen selection of programs 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


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

• Media Studies


• 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 qualifications necessary to ensure successful completion of the degree programme in Germany (final 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.


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 after the first degree (bachelor). • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.


Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, South Africa, Cameroon, Southern Sudan, Cape Verde, Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Togo, Congo, Uganda, Lesotho, Central African, Republic Egypt, Liberia, Algeria, Madagascar, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Mali, Tunisia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger, Benin, Nigeria, Botswana, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Burundi, Sâo Tomé and Principe, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Senegal, Djibouti, Seychelles.


• Signed DAAD application form (www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/ forschungsstipendium_en.pdf) • Hand-signed CV (please use the sample europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) with recent date • Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation, two pages maximum) with recent date • Academic Letter/s of Recommendation from your university; the letter must have a letterhead, signature and official stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope) • Letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have letterhead, a signature and official stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope) • Certificate(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 • Copies of Academic Degrees (certified translation if necessary) • Copies of Academic Transcripts, incl. grading-scale (certified translation if necessary) • Copy of School Leaving Certificate