German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Development-Related Postgraduate Scholarships
Application Deadline: Varying by Institution
From among the large number of postgraduate courses offered by German institutions of
At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
•Economic Sciences/ Business Administration/ Political Economics
•Engineering and Related Sciences
• Regional and Urban Planning
•Agricultural and Forest Sciences
• Natural and Environmental Sciences
• Medicine and Public Health
• Social Sciences, Education and Law
• Media Studies
Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
• Internationally recognised Master’s and PhD degree
• Duration: 12-24 months for Master (depending on the particular institution) and 36 months for PhD
• Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
• Support of selected programmes with a variety of scholarships (including German language courses)
- Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), but admission also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources
• Academic year 2019/2020
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 after the first degree (bachelor).
• 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):
DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 at the beginning of the study course; a minimum German language level
of A2 at the time of application. In addition, preparatory German language courses at B1 level
are highly recommended.
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 matriculation at the respective German university.
• For courses in English:
IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)
Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the relevant
course description on the following pages
- DAAD application forms are available on the DAAD website .
- 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.
- Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university.They become property of the DAAD and will NOT be returned. The applicant has no right to claim for reimbursement.
Required Documents for a DAAD scholarship application (in the following order):
• Signed DAAD application form (www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/
• 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
• Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate 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.
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