DAAD Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) Scholarships 2018/2019 (Germany, Full Scholarship)

DAAD Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) Scholarships 2018/2019

Application Deadline: Varying by Institution

  • Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries
  • Internationally recognized Master’s and PhD degree
  • Duration: 12-24 months for Master (depending on the particular institution) and 36 months for PhD
  • Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Support of selected programmes with a variety of scholarships (including German language courses)
  • Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), but admission also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources
  • Academic year 2018/2019

With its development-oriented postgraduate study schemes, the DAAD facilitates the education of specialists from developing and newly industrialized nations. Seasoned local experts, who are networked with international partners, play a major part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the surety for a brighter future with reduced poverty, quality education and good health.

The scholarships are offered to foreign graduates from developing and newly industrialized countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience. The scholars will have the opportunity to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, and in some cases to take a doctoral degree in institutions in Germany.


The Typical Scholarship Holder:
• Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.
• Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.
• Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and ideally at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor).
• His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:
• Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics
• Development Cooperation
• Engineering and Related Sciences
• Mathematics
• Regional and Urban Planning
• Agricultural and Forest Sciences
• Natural and Environmental Sciences
• Medicine and Public Health
• Social Sciences, Education and Law
• Media Studies

Scholarship Worth

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

Duration of funding

12 – 36 months (depends on course program)


  • Candidates fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship.

Required Documents for a DAAD scholarship application (in the following order):
Download and Fill DAAD application form
• Hand-signed CV (please use the sample europass form http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
• Hand-signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation, two pages maximum) • Research Proposal (if required by university)
• Academic Letter/s of Recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and official stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
• Professional Letter/s of recommendation from your employer; the letter must have a signature and official stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
• Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer in the home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon returning home.
• Proof of Language Skills:
• English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted.)
• German – required for courses taught in German
• Copies of Academic Degrees • Copies of Academic Transcripts
• Copy of School Leaving Certificate
• Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate with their application documents

Download the DAAD Postgraduate Scholarships 2018/2019 Brochure Here

Visit the DAAD Postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) Scholarships 2018/2019 website