2016/2017 DAAD Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries


Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 DAAD Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries. The scholarships are available for pursuing a postgraduate degree at German institutions of Higher education. These scholarships provide monthly instalment of EUR 750.00 and also include the costs for health, accident and liability insurance in Germany and an adequate travelling allowance

Scholarship description

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – supports a range of postgraduate courses at German universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from Developing Countries with further specialized studies. The DAAD supports these selected programs with a certain quota of scholarships and with financial assistance for a special tutoring system. At the end of the course (programs run 12 to 36 months, depending on the particular institution) participants can obtain an internationally recognized Master’s or in some courses PhD degree

DAAD Scholarships are awarded for pursuing development-related postgraduate courses in the areas of Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics, Development Co-operation, Engineering and related sciences, Mathematics, Regional Planning, Agricultural and Forest Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Public Health/Veterinary Medicine/Medicine, Social Science, Education & Law and Media Studies


The following are the eligibility criteria for this scholarship:

  • Age limit: No age limit. But the last academic degree should normally not be more than six years old
  • Degree: Bachelor or Master
  • GPA: min 2.75 for Master candidates (some study programs applied GPA more than 2.75. Please see the detail on the website of each study program) and 3.00 for Doctoral candidates
  • Work experience: at least two years after completing Bachelor degree
  • Language skill: postgraduate courses held in English request an international TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based) or IELTS (band 6). Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the website of the relevant course
  • For postgraduate courses held in German: please see the details on the course list. A certain level of German language examination may be required before admission to the course

Students (on the DAC List of the OECD) from the following developing countries can apply for this scholarship:

Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus

North Africa: Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ivory Coast (Côte D’Ivoire), Djibouti, Eritrea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Comoros, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Sâo Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Somalia, St. Helena, Sudan, South Africa, Southern Sudan (new), Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Chad, Uganda and Central African Republic

North and Central America: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela

Near and Middle East: Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories and Syria

South and Central Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

East Asia: China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam

Oceania: Cookie Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna


  • The DAAD pays a monthly scholarship instalment, currently set at EUR 750.00
  • In addition, the scholarship includes costs for health, accident and liability insurance in Germany and an adequate travelling allowance, in so far as the home country or another donor is not already covering these expenses
  • Furthermore, the DAAD pays an annual research grant
  • However, the universities might charge additional fees not covered by the scholarship (e.g., enrolment fee, semester ticket, etc).

How to apply

  • Scholarship applicants from developing countries (on the DAC list of OECDs) can send their applications (under consideration of the various submission deadlines) only directly to the eligible institutions
  • Applications from Cameroon, Myanmar, and Nigeria MUST be submitted at the German embassy
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are requested to include the APS Certificate as well as two address labels in their national language along with their other application documents

Please note:

  • Please be sure to address applications to the postgraduate course directly! Applications sent via e-mail to the DAAD cannot be considered during the selection process
  • Applicants are asked to state whether they are able to pay for cost of living expenses and their studies in Germany themselves or whether they can only complete the postgraduate course with financial support from a DAAD scholarship
  • Qualified applicants for whom self-financing is possible, have a good chance of being accepted by a postgraduate course
  • Scholarships cannot be awarded without the official DAAD application form
  • Many courses, however, have their own forms, which must be submitted in addition to the DAAD application form (see details under course description).

The scholarship required documents are listed below and must be submitted in the following order:

  • DAAD Application Form
  • Hand-signed CV (please use the europass specimen form
  • Hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation)
  • Research exposé (if required by university)
  • Academic letter/s of recommendation from your university; the letter must have a signature and office 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 office stamp and must be of recent date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home
  • Proof of language abilities: English–IELTS or TOEFL (Note: Institutional TOEFL will not be accepted); German – necessary for the courses taught in German
  • Copies of awarded academic degrees
  • Copies of academic transcripts
  • Copy of School Leaving Certificate

Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries recipients ensure that:

  • Target candidates have proven, development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings ( motivation, commitment to development)
  • Candidates have the professional and academic qualifications necessary to ensure successful completion of the degree programs in Germany (final scores on previous academic examinations, language skills)
  • Women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for program admission.

Application deadline

Please contact the respective eligible institutions regarding the application deadline, because the application deadlines may vary from university to university. Please also check the relevant deadlines in the brochure. One application per postgraduate course is sufficient.

Note: Late applications cannot be considered!

For more information and enquiries, click here


9 thoughts on “2016/2017 DAAD Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries

  1. Thank you sir/madam am getahun from ethiopia i am 24 years old i finish Bsc degree i need to gain this scholarship pleas sir/madam would you give me this golden chance


    1. Dear Ayele,
      Sorry for the late reply, kindly note that we do not have any relationship with the scholarship providers, we only bring you information concerning these scholarships so you process them further on your own.
      However, we wish you success in your application. Thanks


  2. DAAD is very inportant for most of us living in developing countries and can not achieve our accademic goal except by the help of other external support like such scholarship.
    However, it is defficult to the application from my country(Liberia) because of the poor miling system.
    What can I do in such case?


  3. Its been quite good to learn about DAAD scholarships. I am a Ugandan lady, wanted to pursue a Diploma in Secretarial and Information Management at Gulu University which is located in Northern Uganda which is just recovering from the past insurgency which took place twenty years ago.
    please, am requesting if you can send me more information concerning DAAD scholarship..i will be grateful.
    May God bless you all, hope to hear more from you people.
    Thank You,


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