DAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries

The DAAD scholarships support over 100,000 students and researchers around the globe each year to pursue postgraduate degrees (Master’s/PhD) at German institutions of Higher education. This makes it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind.

Scholarship Summary
Level: Postgraduate Institution(s): Universities in Germany
Location: EuropeGermany Field(s): Any field
Target: All Deadline(s): SeptemberOctober,  December (depends on school)

The Duration of funding is between 12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme). The value of of the scholarship depends on academic level. It can be up to 750 euros monthly payments for graduates or 1,000 euros monthly payments for doctoral candidates. In addition the following expenses are provided for (unless they are covered by the home country or another source of funding): Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover and Travel allowance,

the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialised countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all.

To see a list of eligible German schools and courses, please follow this link and click on the “List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines” link in the overview tab.


To be eligible for the DaaD scholarships, you must:

  • have an undergraduate degree or first degree in an appropriate subject from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • have at least two years’ professional experience
  • prove your motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship
  • have proof of language abilities
    – English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted)
    – German (necessary for the courses taught in German)

How to Apply for the DaaD Scholarships

Candidates must submit the application form found an online on the website of this link. including all required documents and essays before the deadline date. Candidates must apply directly to the chosen study programme. When filling the application form, the following documents will be need to be provided:

  • hand-signed current Resume/CV
  • hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation)
  • research exposé (if required by university)
  • academic letter/s of recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • – copies of awarded academic degrees
    – copies of academic transcripts
    – copy of School Leaving Certificate
  • professional letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home
  • Proof of language abilities
    – English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted)
    – German – necessary for the courses taught in German; for the courses taught in English, if available
  • Note: Some courses may require additional documents. For detailed information, please see the relevant course description on the following pages. All documents must be submitted as identical duplicates.

For detailed information on how to apply, visit the Official Website.


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