DAAD Postgraduate Scholarships in Germany for Developing Countries (Africa, Asia, South America, East Europe, Pacific Islands)

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd)
Provider: DAAD
Country to Study in: Germany

Scholarship Description
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a range of development-oriented postgraduate study programmes at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing and newly industrialised countries with further specialized studies.

The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses scholarships offer foreign graduates from all disciplines and with at least two years' professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master's degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master's/PhD) in Germany.

If you have no private financial resources or cannot obtain a scholarship from your government, company or an international organisation, you may apply for a DAAD scholarship. Applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

You should note that several conditions apply. However, the typical scholarship holder:
  • holds at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree, completed with above-average results;
  • received their latest degree no more than six years ago;
  • have at least two years of full-time professional experience gained after the completion of their first university degree;
  • has English test scores that meet the German University requirements.
Concerning a possible age limit, please refer to the course details on the official website.

For the complete eligibility requirements, please refer to the official website. You must meet the eligibility requirements of the particular programme you are applying to.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing Countries [in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe (as defined by the DAC List of the OECD)]

Participating Institution(s)
All German Universities (offering postgraduate courses with relevance to developing countries.)

Field(s) of Study
Postgraduate courses for professionals with relevance to developing countries. At present, these postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
  • Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics
  • Development Co-operation
  • Engineering and Related Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Agriculture and Forest Sciences
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Social Sciences and Education and Law
  • Media Studies
See the complete List of eligible courses with application deadlines (*.pdf)

Number of awards
Not specified by provider, but many are given out every year

Sponsorship duration
12-24 months for Master (depending on the particular institution) and 36 months for PhD

Scholarship benefits
Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates. Also, payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.

In addition, there is travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.

Methods of Application
All applicants must submit a DAAD application form, a hand-signed CV and other supporting documents. DAAD application forms are available to download from the DAAD website. Please note that there may be country-specific information.

Apply directly to the chosen study programme. Please be sure to address applications to the postgraduate course directly! Applications sent via e-mail to the DAAD cannot be considered during the selection process.

It is important to carefully read the 2020/2021 Programme Brochure, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information and to download the DAAD scholarship application form.

Application deadlines depend on chosen study programme; please check scholarship brochure or the website of your chosen study programme as deadlines may vary from university to university. As a general rule, however, most of the deadline will fall in between August to October 2019. A few will extend to January-April 2020.

Applications via email will not be accepted. Late applications cannot be considered!

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is an association of German institutions of higher education and their student bodies. Since it was founded in 1925 till date (2016), the DAAD has supported more than 1.9 million academics in Germany and abroad. The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers.

Application Deadline: Jan-Apr 2020 (few courses)
Open to International students: Yes

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  1. thanks in advance for for this opportunity. I am Mulugeta Gashaw Wondie from the horn of Africa specifically from the spirit of Africa Ethiopia. I am BA degree holder from the well known universities of horn Africa called Mekelle university in 10 July 2010. currently i am a civil servant in Ethiopia revenues and customs Authority and the contribution what i promised in the day of graduation before three years ago i already give what my country expected from me currently. To the future i want to be Economist if i obtain this scholarship opportunity. Since my country , My continent and even if the world highly demands best and truthful economists that can be give remedy to existing economic problems as well as instead of treatment that can put protection for the coming expected problems. I will be among them. Finally i look forward this scholarship opportunity!!

  2. hello there, I was wondering can't fresh graduates apply for this program? Does one has to have an experience? I'll kindly be waiting for your repply

    1. experience is not a requirement.

  3. hello there, I'am a fresh graduate and I was wondering weather I'am legitimate or illegitimate to apply to this program. Is it a must to have an experience? i'll kindly be waiting for your reply, thank you

  4. hello there, I'am a fresh graduate i was wondering weather I am legitimate or not. Is it a must to have an experience? I'll kindly be waiting for your reply, thank you

  5. hello there, I'am a graduate student and I was wondering weather I am legitimate for this program or not. Is it a must to have an experience? I'll kindly be waiting for your reply, thank you




  7. Hello here I am grateful for such opportunity given by the German people to the rest of the world that do qualified on this list.

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  10. Hi Team, may I know if interested applicants from a country whose language of taught for the first degree is English can satisfy the English test score requirements with the provision of say for example, WAEC?

    1. Hello Mr. AHMED.
      Please was your question addressed?
      I will like to know if it is possible sir.
      Many thanks

    2. Hi, the catch there is "...that meet the German University requirements". So it means you need to write the particular university you're interested in to confirm. Some might, other wouldn't. Cheers

  11. HI Team,

    i am from fiji island in the pacific and i am graduated last year and was wondering whether i am legitimate or illegitimate for this reward. i can be contacted on my mobile number 9705782


    1. @kristy, click on the link provided above to visit the official website. All application forms can be accessed on the official website before the deadline date. BUT NOTE THAT YOU MUST FIRST SELECT YOUR COUNTRY, AND YOUR STATUS BEFORE YOU CAN PROCEED. Click the link provided in the article above to proceed!

    2. Pls I can't see the link provided.

    3. Then ur probably blind...LOL

  13. Thank you for opening such pleasant opportunity for the students of developing countries.My name is Dereje Ayele from Ethiopia.I graduated from Bahirdar University with B.Ed in Geography and MA in GIS,Remote sensing and Digital Cartography from Addis Ababa University.I am very eager to get Ph.D in natural and environmental science at your university.You can contact me with my email(darajeayy@gmail.com)or my phone 0941361227