DAAD Scholarships in Germany for International Students 2024

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Since its founding in 1925, the DAAD has supported around 2.9 million academics at home and abroad. It is supported as an association by German universities and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond awarding scholarships: The DAAD promotes the internationalization of German universities, strengthens German studies and the German language abroad, supports countries in the Global South in establishing high-performance universities and advises on education, foreign science and development policy.

The budget comes predominantly from federal funds from various ministries, especially the Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Union as well as from companies, organizations and foreign governments

With its development-related postgraduate courses, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from developing and emerging countries. Well-trained local professionals who are networked with international partners play an important role 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 developing and emerging countries in all academic subjects and at least two years of professional experience the opportunity to complete a postgraduate or master’s degree, or in exceptional cases also a doctoral degree, at a state or state-recognized German university and to obtain a university degree in Germany (master/ PhD).


  • Masters
  • PhD

Targeted Countries

  • All Developing Countries listed on the OECD-DAC


  • Germany


12 to 42 months (depending on the course of study

Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicant must be:

  • Graduates with at least two years of professional experience from the following countries
  • Candidates who have the necessary professional requirements to successfully complete their studies in Germany (final grade of the first academic exam with an above-average result – upper third of performance, language skills)
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree (usually four years) in the relevant field
  • Candidates who have at least two years of professional experience
  • Candidates with proven development-related motivation who, after training/scholarship, can be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support changes in their personal and professional environment
  • His/her academic degrees should normally be no more than six years old

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • Monthly scholarship rate depending on level of training of 934 euros for graduate students or 1,300 euros for doctoral students
  • Benefits for health, accident and private liability insurance
  • Subsidy towards travel costs, provided the costs are not borne by the home country or another party.

In addition, the following additional benefits can be granted under certain conditions:

  • Monthly rental assistance
  • Monthly supplements for family members traveling with you

Required Documents

  • Completed and signed checklist DAAD application form
  • A Chronological, complete CV
  • A letter of motivation with a precise description of the academic, professional and personal reasons for wanting to take part in the program
  • Letter of recommendation from current employer. The letter must contain official letterhead, a signature and a stamp (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Employment certificate(s) from the employer proving at least two years of relevant professional experience after completing your bachelor’s degree up to the time of application. If possible, the employment certificate from the current employer should contain a guarantee of re-employment upon return to the home country.

Proof of language skills:

  • English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: the institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
  • German – necessary for the German-language programs;
  • Copies of acquired university degrees (certified translations if necessary)
  • Copies of the transcripts, including the grading system (certified translations, if necessary)
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to attach the APS certificate to their documents.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

For further information please CLICK HERE to visit the official website

Application Deadline

Application deadlines depend on the desired course of study. Please check the official website. [ALSO CHECK]: University of Luxembourg Master’s Scholarship for International students 2024