DAAD Masters/Ph.D.

Aug-Oct 2022 (annual) 

Study in:  Germany 

Next course starts AY 2023/2024 


With its development-oriented postgraduate study
programs, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and
newly industrialized countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked
with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable
development of their countries. 

They are the best guarantee for a better future
with less poverty, more education, and health for all. The scholarships offer
foreign graduates from development and newly industrialized countries from all
disciplines and with at least two years of professional experience the chance to
take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German
university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree and to obtain a
university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany. 

Who can apply? 

Graduates with at least two years of professional
experience from the following countries: list of eligible countries, 
list of eligible countries

What can be funded? 

Individual scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate
courses in Germany are listed on the “List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines 2023/24“. 

Duration of the funding 

12 to 42 months (dependent on study program) 


  • Depending on the academic level, monthly payments of 861
    euros for graduates or 1,200 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 
  • Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may
    receive the following additional benefits: 
  • Monthly rent subsidy 
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of a family 


  • Candidates fulfill the necessary academic requirements and
    can be expected to successfully complete a study program in Germany
    (above-average result for the first academic exam – top performance third, language
  • Candidates have a Bachelor’s degree (usually a four-year
    course) in an appropriate subject 
  • Candidates have at least two years of professional
  • 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 

Further information 

EPOS Brochure 2023/2024 



The typical scholarship holder: 

  • Is currently working 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 an emphasis on
    development policies having a bearing on technological, economic, or social
  • 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 at least two years of related professional experience
    after the first degree (bachelor) at the time of application 
  • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than
    six years old. 
  • For study courses in German (scholarship includes a
    6-month German language course): Successful passing of the language examination
    DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 before the start of the study course. Therefore a minimum
    German language level of B1 at the time of application is a requirement, that
    needs to be proofed by providing a certificate. 
  • For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certificate or
    TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) 

Application instructions: 

must be made directly to the respective course. Please refer to the respective
course websites for the application procedure, the application deadline, and
the documents to be submitted. Deadline varies depending on the course but
falls around August-October 2022.