Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) is an educational aid that supports a selection of programs carefully selected from the specific interests of junior executives from developing countries, where DAAD scholarships themselves are one of the most selective scholarships offered by German institutions of a large number of postgraduate courses from German higher education. Courses at this degree – consisting of one to two years of concentrated study – provide academically trained professionals in leading positions of developing countries with the opportunity to participate in postgraduate education and training in certain fields or professions they will.
At present, the postgraduate courses offered in DAAD Scholarships are in the following fields:
- Agricultural and Forest Sciences
- Development Cooperation
- Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics
- Engineering and Related Sciences
- 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 in this funding program.
General Information about DAAD Scholarships
- Available for the academic year 2021/2022
- 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) but 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 PhD degrees
- Providing professional courses for young professionals from developing countries
- Support selected programs with a variety of scholarships (including German courses)
Precondition and Requirements
Following are the requirements that should be considered carefully by the Typical Scholarship Holder:
- 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
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree (generally taken for four years) on a related subject
- 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) when applying
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 proofs from 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 includes certificates of employment including exact position and tenure, reference letters from employers, which ideally guarantees 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 (maximum of 3 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 for 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.
Required Documents for a DAAD Scholarship Application
The following documents are required for a DAAD Scholarship application.
- Signed DAAD application form with current date which can be downloaded at daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/forschungsstipendium_en.pdf.
- Personally signed CV with current date. A sample of europass form can be downloaded at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/.
- Personally signed Letter of Motivation with reference to current occupation and choice of postgraduate course(s), written in two pages maximum with current date.
- Letters of recommendation from current employers. The letter must have a letterhead, an official signature and stamp and must be on the latest date and not put in a sealed envelope.
- Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) that proof a minimum of two years of relevant working experience (after the bachelor degree) at the time of application. If possible, please attach a guarantee of re-employment from your current employer upon completing the program(s).
- Proof of Language Skills: IELTs or TOEFL (English), required courses taught in Germany (German).
- Copies of Academic Degrees.
- Copies of Academic Transcripts, including grading scale.
- Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are required to submit an APS Certificate with their application documents.
- Complete applications must be submitted in German or English for consideration. Incomplete applications cannot be further considered.
Application and Selection Procedure
- The applicants send the complete application directly to the according postgraduate course.
- An election committee advises potential candidates for a DAAD Scholarship.
- The suggested candidates will be contacted by the DAAD team to upload their complete application 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.
- The selection process will be finalized and suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.
Download the brochure containing thorough information about DAAD Scholarships at https://www2.daad.de/medien/der-daad/medien-publikationen/publikationen-pdfs/2019_epos-broschuere-21-22.pdf.