DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate African Students

DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate African Students

The application for DAAD Scholarships for Postgraduate African Students is now open. The application deadline is 5th December 2020.

About the Scholarship Programme

This programme is open to individual Master and PhD students in the Sub-Saharan Africa region who wish to study either in their home countries or at selected host institutions in other African countries. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand for academically trained personnel.

The DAAD will be conducting Web seminars from Thursday, 29 October 2020 ton 09 December 2020 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EAT. You will find below the links to join in the Web seminars for next couple of weeks:

Also, on offer are virtual visiting hours every Thursday from 10 am – 11 am EAT. To attend, please register.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following DAAD criteria:

  • have successfully completed generally a three-year Bachelor’s degree (Master candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)


  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university Master’s degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have generally completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Sahara African country
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme

Eligible Countries

The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree (Master’s courses) or a Master’s degree (PhD courses), either

  • in their home country (In-Country scholarships are aimed at students who study in their home country or in the country for which they have a residence permit.)
  • in another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study programme in a country of their home.

The scholarship is open to citizens and permanent residents of sub-Saharan Africa to study in selected institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Value of Award

You will find below more details about the award.

  • University tuition fees
  • research allowance (once a year)
  • monthly stipend
  • travel allowance (in-region only)
  • health insurance (in-region only)
  • and the possibility of a study visit of up to 6 months to Germany within the period of the scholarship.


Duration of Programme

The duration of the Master programme is generally two years and for PhD programme is generally three years (regular period of studies). Please check with the selected host institutions the exact start dates of the programme.

How to Apply

The application process contains two steps. So, please be aware of the DAAD application deadline as well as host institution’s deadline.

Applicants must first apply for the scholarship via the DAAD portal. To apply, you need to log in to the DAAD portal, register and submit a DAAD application.

Parallel to this process, applicants must at the same time apply for admission at the selected host institutions using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institution / universities have set their own deadlines. Please inform yourself about the respective admission processes and deadlines at the host institution. Reach out to the institution’s website or contact person at the host institution for more information.

More information on how to register via the DAAD portal can be found on the programme webpage.