DAAD Scholarships for International Students

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Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) is an educational aid that supports a selection of programs carefully selected to suit the specific interests of junior executives from developing countries. DAAD scholarships themselves are one of the most selective scholarships offered by German institutions for a large number of postgraduate courses in German higher education. Courses for this degree, consisting of one to two years of concentrated study, provide academically trained professionals in leading positions in developing countries with the opportunity to participate in postgraduate education and training in certain fields or professions.

At present, the postgraduate courses offered through DAAD scholarships are in the following fields:

  • Agricultural and Forest Sciences
  • Development Cooperation
  • Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics
  • Engineering and Related Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Social Sciences, Education, and Law

These courses are available for all eligible candidates. Applications are sent openly from professionals with personal financial resources, from those funded by companies or their governments, or from those who receive financial support from international sponsoring organizations. In addition, a limited number of full DAAD scholarships are also available. DAAD only awards these scholarships for postgraduate courses supported by this funding program.

General Information about the DAAD Scholarship

  • Available for the academic year 2023-2024
  • The duration of the scholarship is 12–24 months for the Masters and 36 months for the PhD (depending on the particular institution)
  • Funded by BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), admission is also open to financially independent participants or students funded through the government or other resources
  • Including German Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Internationally recognized for Master’s and Ph.D. degrees
  • Providing professional courses for young professionals from developing countries
  • Support selected programs with a variety of scholarships (including German courses)
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DAAD Scholarship Requirements

The following are the requirements that should be considered carefully by the typical scholarship holder:

  1. Works whether for a public authority or a private or state company in a developing country and, per se, involved in the execution and planning of directives and projects with an emphasis on developing policies that have a bearing on economic, social, or technological areas
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s degree (generally taken for four years) in a related subject
  3. Have completed an academic degree with results far above average (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor’s) when applying
  4. The academic degrees of the scholarship holder should generally not exceed six years old

Some requirements that must be taken into account by scholarship candidates in the area of language expertise are below.

  1. For courses in Germany: successfully pass the DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 language test before starting the study course. Therefore, candidates are expected to have a German language ability at a minimum level of B1 at the time of registration, which needs to be proven by attaching a recent certificate.
  2. For courses in English: IELTS certificate (Band 6) or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 for paper-based, 213 for computer-based, or 80 for internet-based).

All candidates must gather proof of at least two years of professional work experience and state their current work situation at the time of application. Proofs that need to be attached include certificates of employment, including exact position and tenure, and reference letters from employers, which ideally guarantee re-recruitment after completion of a postgraduate course in Germany.

Candidates must also submit a motivational statement explaining why they are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course, with references to their current work. They should then describe their development-related motivation and how they intend to make the most of their scholarship and education by taking social responsibility later in their careers.

When applying for more than one postgraduate course (a maximum of three courses), candidates must submit a letter of motivation explaining why they applied for these specific courses and why they chose the priority.

Postgraduate courses and/or universities will decide on admission after considering application documents. Admission to a university is a prerequisite for receiving a DAAD Scholarship. However, applicants do not need to ask the university for early or pre-admission.

The selection process for all postgraduate courses offered in this program lasts from the end of October to March.

For most postgraduate programs provided, there is a German language preparation class for 2 to 6 months ahead of the course chosen as part of the DAAD Scholarship. Candidates are required to participate in these German preparation classes.

Documents for a DAAD Scholarship Application

The following documents are required for a DAAD scholarship application:

  1. Signed DAAD application form with the current date, which can be downloaded at daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/forschungsstipendium_en.pdf.
  2. Personally signed CV with the current date. A sample of the Europass form can be downloaded at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/.
  3. Personally signed Letter of Motivation concerning current occupation and choice of postgraduate course(s), written in two pages maximum with the current date.
  4. Letters of recommendation from current employers. The letter must have a letterhead, an official signature, and a stamp, be on the latest date, and not be put in a sealed envelope.
  5. Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) that prove a minimum of two years of relevant working experience (after the bachelor’s degree) at the time of application. If possible, please attach a guarantee of re-employment from your current employer upon completing the program(s).
  6. Proof of Language Skills: IELTS or TOEFL (English), required courses taught in Germany (German).
  7. Copies of academic degrees.
  8. Copies of academic transcripts, including the grading scale.
  9. Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are required to submit an APS certificate with their application documents.
  10. Complete applications must be submitted in German or English for consideration. Incomplete applications cannot be further considered.
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DAAD Application and Selection Procedure

  1. The applicants send the complete application directly to the appropriate postgraduate course.
  2. An election committee advises potential candidates for a DAAD Scholarship.
  3. The suggested candidates will be contacted by the DAAD team to upload their complete applications to the DAAD Portal. Make sure that you have a copy of each document from the application that is ready, as these documents must be uploaded to the DAAD Portal if you are recommended for a DAAD scholarship.
  4. The selection process will be finalized and suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.

Download the brochure containing thorough information about DAAD scholarships here.

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52 thoughts on “DAAD Scholarships for International Students

  1. Hi,maY name zamatar nouH DaaHir I live in Africa I am 20 years old I am studaY full nersing mY hoppe is a doctor I need full scholarship I am muslim.thankz allH

  2. I want to study in germany becuase i have emature and i know the lessons are standard their but i have studied in phamrmacy in afghanistan and i want to complete master degree in this faculty .

  3. I want free scholarship of your program in in accounting and finance Master. Please give information how can I apply.

  4. I need a scholarship abroad related to the fields that i have completed in my first degree (BA degree in purchasing and supply management) and second degree (Masters degree in logistics and supply chain management). The scholarship i need can include either in masters degree or PHD.

  5. My name is Nafekush desie azanaw from Ethiopia. I have matrate degree in public financial management from Ethiopian civil service university in 2019. Now, I interested continue PHD program in Economics or business administration and please give me chance to learn .

  6. yes it is rely interesting to study in Germany ,i secure fist degree in Applied geology from mekelle ,Ethiopia.I want to proceed with Hyro-science and Engineering because i took most course of groundwater in my first degree of studied .if you allow me to get this chance , i am ready to learn in your institution . i want you to provide any thing me , concerning about how to apply and proceeding procedure.

  7. Iam highly interesting this scholarship in Germany especially the field of public health baceause i have strong related background so any one can help me how to apply and explain for me the requirements in detail

  8. I wish to strengthen my skills in development work so that I can support local NGOs with how improve program and projects funding and execution. I would be glad to receive short term sponsorship towards that please.
    Thank you

  9. I need to apply for a PhD program in Solar Energy Physics. I have not seen any application form submission link so far. Can I be guided rightly. Cheers.

  10. My name is Kessellie Jallah from Liberia my is in population studies / Demography but I am not seen it among the Course posted on your website.

  11. Hello im abyssinia dejene from ethiopia i want to apply full scholarship on masters im graduated grom the department of software engineering

  12. First Iam very happy to apply this opportunity second I will like to get this scholarship thank you

  13. To whom it may concern,

    I trust this email finds you well.
    My name is Maryam Amini from Afghanistan. I would like to do my Master’s degree in Sustainable Development Management at the University of Rhine-Waal. However, I do have some questions regards the DAAD Scholarship Application before I apply for university admission. Therefore, I am looking for your kind cooperation in this regard.
    Note: I take this opportunity to thank the government of Germany for providing such an amazing educational program for those who want to build their professional background.

    Looking forward to hearing from you at your earliest convince.


    Maryam Amini

  14. My name is yasmen I live in Somalia I want to understand this university of the free please answer me I am undergraduate of the high school

  15. Is there any scholarship for undergraduate study?
    Students from Pakistan are also eligible or not?

  16. Dear Sir,
    I hold a masters degree with merit from Bradford University through the chevening scholarship. Am now looking for seeking to to persue my Phd
    Kindly advise how i would find scholarhip.

  17. Hello there, how are you?
    I am highly interested to study abroad but i have Bsc program in Wukuro Agircaltural polytechic college, studying Agro-processing especially Fruit and vegetable processing tehnology. Therefore if there is to give any chance that i can get this scholoarship with the help of God, please keep in touch with me through my E-mail address

  18. i already have my undergraduate degree and want to pursue the postgraduate . pls help to apply

  19. I have done masters from sociology i want to purse my higher education through fully scholarship

  20. HELLO,

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