International Summer School on Solar Technology Applications for Rural Development for Nationals of Developing Countries

Summer School on Solar Technology Applications for Rural Development

Course(s) Offered: Renewable Energy Management
Course Level: Graduate Training
Provider: ZEE, DAAD
Country to Study in: Germany

Scholarship Description
The Solar Shift summer course is organized and hosted by The Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE) and the M.Sc. program Renewable Energy Management (REM) in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The ZEE Center is an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty centre of the University of Freiburg. It acts as a central scientific facility; it brings together scientific institutions within the university that engage in renewable energy problems in research and education, as well as forming cooperation agreements with institutions from outside the university in the areas of research, education, and advanced training.

Financing for the summer course is provided by the DAAD.

Eligible participants:
  • Have at least 3 months of experience studying or working in Germany.
  • Come from developing countries (DAC country nationals:
  • Actively work within the renewable energy sector (regardless of the field).
  • Preferably are decision makers, e.g. people who can share their obtained knowledge.
  • Must be proficient in English.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY developing country (as defined by OECD:

Participating Institutions
The Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Fields of study
Summer course in Solar Technology Applications for Rural Development.

Applicants should be working in the renewable energy sector; which may include Engineering, Financing, Policy, etc. The programme will consist of lectures, workshops, group work and discussions, excursions, and social and networking activities.

Solar technologies are extremely promising with ever-increasing output efficiency and the capability to be used in almost any location. Decreasing availability of fossil fuels quickens the need for solar technology, which is driving current developments. Solar systems are also relatively affordable and applicable to both homes and villages. Many projects capitalizing on solar power have already been implemented in developing countries, and serve as encouraging results for many more to come.

Considering the importance of solar technologies the Centre for Renewable Energy at the University of Freiburg in collaboration with the DAAD is organizing a week long course on solar technologies for rural electrification and enhancement of living standards in the developing countries. Solar Shift is intended for professionals from developing countries who have previously studied or worked in Germany.

Summer Course duration
Two (2) weeks

Scholarship benefits
The M.Sc. REM programme is designed to close the strategic gap between the technical aspects of renewable energy and the vision of sustainable development. Financing for the summer course is provided by the DAAD.

Method of Application
Application Documents
  • Complete application form of Solar Shift summer school available at
  • Curriculum Vitae. Please include an overview of your prior study/work experience(s) in Germany and attach proof.
  • Proof of citizenship (scanned passport, etc.)
  • Proof of previous studies or work in Germany (scholarship certificate, professor letter, contract, etc.
  • Motivation letter (Please follow the guideline below)
    • State the relevance of your previous experience(s).
    • Express your motivation to apply in relation to your future aspirations.
    • State which topic of the summer school you are most interested in.
    • Name the main benefits you expect to gain from the summer school.
    • Explain how you will assist in the dispersion of the knowledge gained through the summer school.
    • Give details on how you would contribute to the summer school.
    (The motivation letter should be no longer than 2 pages. Please use font type “Arial”, font size 11, 1.5 line spacing)
The official language of the Summer School is English; hence English proficiency is a mandatory in order to follow the lectures, workshops and other activities.

Please send only complete applications to preferably in a single .pdf file.

All applications must be accepted on or before the 1st of April 2011.

The M.Sc. REM programme is administered by the ZEE. The two year industry oriented program attracts students from all over the world and aims to provide them with a context sensitive first-class training in the field of “Renewable Energy Management”.

Travel dates:
Arrival in Germany will be May 31st 2011 at Frankfurt International Airport
Departure from Germany will be June 11th 2011 from Munich

Application Deadline: 1 April 2011
Open to International Applicants: Yes (Nationals of developing countries)

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