DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses

DAAD Scholarships in Germany for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses

Masters/Ph.D. Degree

Deadline: Aug-Oct 2022 (annual)
Study in:  Germany
The next course starts AY 2023/2024

Brief description: 

Foreign graduates from developing and newly industrialized countries with at least two years of professional experience can apply for DAAD scholarships to study for a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, or in exceptional cases, to study for a doctoral degree and obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

Host Institution(s):

German Universities offering development-related postgraduate courses

Level/Field(s) of Study:

Economics/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; and Media Studies.

Number of Scholarships:


Target group:

Students from eligible countries

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The scholarships cover monthly payments of 861 euros for graduates and 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates, as well as payments for health, accident, and personal liability insurance, and a travel allowance, unless these costs are paid by the home country or another source of support.

Masters’ scholarships last 12 to 24 months (depending on the institution) while Ph.D. scholarships last 42 months.


A typical scholarship recipient is:

  • Is currently employed by a government, a state, or a private enterprise in a developing country, and is responsible for the planning and implementation of directives and projects with a focus on development policies affecting technological, economic, or social areas.
  • Has a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (usually four years).
  • At the time of application, has earned an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of comparable professional experience following the first degree (bachelor).
  • His or her academic degree should be no older than six years.
  • For German language classes (scholarship covers a 6-month language course): Before beginning the study course, you must pass the language exams DSH 2 or TestDaF 4. As a result, a minimum German language level of B1 is required at the time of application, which must be documented with a certificate.
  • For English courses, an IELTS (Band 6) or TOEFL certificate is required (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based)

Application instructions:

Applications must be sent directly to the course in question. The application procedure, the application deadline, and the documentation that must be submitted may all be found on the different course websites. The deadline varies for each course, although it usually falls between August and October 2022.

It’s critical to read the FAQs and the 2023/2024 brochure, as well as go to the official website to get the application form and further information about how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:


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