DAAD SPACES Scholarships for Doctoral Studies in Germany

SPACES Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Sciences
Course Level: Graduate (Phd)
Provider: DAAD
Country to Study in: Germany

Scholarship Description
DAAD offers young scientists from Namibia and South Africa a further opportunity to do doctoral research in Germany through the SPACES Programme (Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes).

The general objective of the SPACES Programme is to develop partnership projects in research and development in the Southern African Region which will contribute to the formulation of science-based recommendations for Earth System Management for the sustainable use of goods and services provided by the system.

Capacity Building is an essential component of the SPACES Programme. For this reason, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finances a special scholarship programme conducted by DAAD.

Applications are open to highly qualified graduate students from Namibia and South Africa who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at a German university within the frame of the SPACES initiative.

Selection criteria:
The selection of the scholarship holders will be made by a committee of German scientists. The decisive selection criteria are:
  • the quality of the Master's thesis
  • the relevance and quality of the research proposal
  • the compatibility of the proposal with the chosen SPACES project and
  • the quality of the English language skills
Experience abroad and knowledge of other languages can be of significance.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Namibia and South Africa

Participating Institutions
Research institutions and universities in the South African Region and Germany

Fields of study
Please note that the doctoral studies can only be realised within one of the seven research projects of the SPACES initiative which are listed in the appendix (pdf).

Number of awards
Not specified for the current session by the provider.

In 2011, altogether 13 graduates from Namibia and South Africa started their Master studies in Germany. In 2012, seven graduates from Namibia and South Africa have been awarded a SPACES scholarship for doctoral research in Germany.

Sponsorship duration
The whole support is structured to run for a period of 40 months.

Scholarship benefits
Funding is provided for an obligatory four-month German language course (start: September 2013) and a generally three-year doctoral study (start: January 2014). The grant includes:
  • a home country dependent lump-rate travel allowance,
  • a monthly grant payment of 1,000,- EUR,
  • an annual study and research subsidy of 460,- EUR,
  • costs of insurance for health, accident and personal liability in Germany and
  • a four-month German language course (in Germany)
Where applicable, family-dependent allowances or benefits may also be paid.

Method of Application
Please submit the following documents in duplicate:
  1. The application form
  2. Confirmation of supervision by one of the researchers working in the desired SPACES project (see appendix)
  3. Outline of the research proposal (agreed with the German supervisor)
  4. Work and time schedule (agreed with the German supervisor)
  5. Master's degree certificate
  6. Transcripts of records
  7. Curriculum vitae (2 pages max.)
  8. List of publications (if any)
  9. Summary of the Master's thesis (4 pages max.)
  10. Proof of English language skills (TOEFL 550/213/80; IELTS: 6.0)
  11. Letters of recommendation by two scientists of the applicant´s own choice (included in sealed envelopes or sent by the referees directly to the DAAD in Bonn by the closing date for applications)
If possible, proof of German language skills (e.g. TestDaF, Zertifikat Deutsch, Deutsches Sprachdiplom)

Applicants from South Africa send the full and complete application documents to the DAAD Information Centre in Johannesburg. Applicants from Namibia send the complete application documents to the German Embassy in Windhoek.

The complete documents must have been received in paper form in Johannesburg and Windhoek by 5 May 2013 at the latest.

Incomplete applications, applications by email and applications received after 5 May 2013 cannot be considered in the selection process.

SPACES builds on previous work done by German scientists in the Southern African Region and will strive to consolidate the generated research competence in Earth System Research, while broadening the scope of the current cooperative activities thematically and geographically by bringing in new research themes involving additional new partners from the region. Envisaged in the programme is cooperation with partners from research institutions and universities in the South African Region and Germany. For more detailed information please have a look at the SPACES Flyer (pdf).

Application Deadline: 5 May 2013
Open for International Students: No

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