DAAD Scholarships for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses in Germany

DAAD Scholarships for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses in Germany

Master’s or doctoral degree from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Deadline: August-October 2022. (annual).

The next course will begin in AY 2023/2024.

Brief description:

Foreign graduates from developing and newly industrialized countries with at least two years of professional experience can apply for DAAD scholarships to study for a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, or in exceptional cases, to study for a doctoral degree and obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

Host Institution(s):

Postgraduate development courses are available in German universities.

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Economics/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; and Media Studies.

Number of Scholarships:


Target group:

Students from qualified countries can apply.

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarships cover monthly payments of 861 euros for graduates and 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates, as well as payments for health, accident, and personal liability insurance, and a travel allowance, unless these costs are paid by the home country or another source of support.

Masters scholarships last 12 to 24 months (depending on the institution) while PhD scholarships last 42 months.


A typical scholarship recipient is:

Is currently employed by a government, a state, or a private enterprise in a developing country, and is responsible for the planning and implementation of directives and projects with a focus on development policies affecting technological, economic, or social areas.

Holds a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (usually four years).

At the time of application, he or she has finished an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of comparable professional experience after the first degree (bachelor).

His or her academic degrees should be no older than six years.

For German language classes (scholarship covers a 6-month language course): Passing the DSH 2 or DSH 3 language examination.

Application instructions:

Applications must be sent directly to the course in question. The application procedure, the application deadline, and the documentation that must be submitted may all be found on the different course websites. The deadline varies each course, but it usually falls between August and October 2022.

It is critical to read the FAQs and the 2023/2024 brochure, as well as to go to the official website to get the application form and other information about how to apply for this scholarship.

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