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The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is a scholarship in Germany that targets students who come from developing countries. Many students from these developing countries apply and they are approved for the DAAD scholarship and they get the opportunity to bet enrolled in various universities in Germany. The students are awarded with these DAAD scholarships to study courses that are taught in both German and English languages. The DAAD scholarship is however not available for undergraduates and is only for postgraduate students. To be approved for the DAAD scholarship, a student has to show proof for two years of working experience. The courses that are approved under DAAD scholarship are those that have a duration of more than a year and less than three years.

DAAD Scholarship Coverage

Students who are approved for this scholarship have the chance to be enrolled in German universities. The scholarship also comes with a monthly allowance that will help you cater for daily expenses. It also has a provision for health allowance and travel stipends.

DAAD Scholarship covers the following expenses for international students during their course of stay in a German University under the DAAD Scholarship approved degree program:

  • Doctorate students get a monthly allowance of 1000 Euros
  • Postgraduate students get a monthly allowance of 750 Euros
  • There is also a provision where these students can receive a travel grant
  • The students also get accommodation for free at the university
  • Both postgraduate and doctorate students get health insurance coverage
  • The students get to study for free in a German university

Daad Scholarship for the class of 2021 in German Universities will be offered throughout the acadmic year of 2020 and the application deadlines vary in each university.

DAAD Stipendium Requirement

  • A student applying for this scholarship must have completed a Bachelor’s degree course that had a duration of less than or equal to six years.
  • A student applying for this scholarship also has to show proof of two years of working experience.
  • The student does not necessarily have to understand German or English as this is dependent on the course that they choose.

How to apply for a DAAD Scholarship?

#1 Download the application form for DAAD scholarship.

#2 Make a personalized CV with your signature.

#3 Write motivation letter and hand sign it.

#4 Write detailed Research proposal.

#5 Get recommendation letter from your previous university.

#6 Add referral or experience letter from previous workplace.

#7 Include English or German language proficiency certificate.

#8 Apply for DAAD Scholarship directly to German University.

#9 Add supplementary documents to support your DAAD application.

#10 Submit online DAAD Scholarship application and send in hard copies to the University.

The DAAD scholarships are currently open for applications. You can find courses that you can study at any German university and apply for the DAAD scholarship to facilitate your study. Please make sure to check the list of DAAD Scholarship application deadline window period before submitting your applications.

Deadlines for DAAD Scholarships in all German Universities for the academic year of 2021

Here is the list of DAAD Scholarship Application Deadlines for all German Universities for the academic year 2020-2021.

List of DAAD Scholarship Application Deadlines (2020-2021)
Development-Related Postgraduate CoursesInstitutionLanguageDegreeDuration without German language courseApplication Deadlines for Intake 2020/2021
 DAAD ScholarshipSelf- financing
* Intake every two years – next intake 2020-2021      
Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics     
Small Enterprise Promotion and Training – SEPTU LeipzigEnglishMBA22 months01.10.202015.03.2020
Development EconomicsU GöttingenEnglishMA24 months01.10.-15.11.2020see website
Master’s Programme in International and Development Economics – MIDE HTW BerlinEnglishMA17 months31.08.2020see website
Development Cooperation      
Geography of Environmental Risks and Human SecurityU Bonn/United Nations UniversityEnglishMSc24 months15.12.2020see website
Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research – BIGS-DR (formerly ZEF Doctoral Studies Program)U BonnEnglishPhD38 months31.08.2020throughout the year
Development Management*RU BochumEnglishMA18 months30.09.2020see website
Sustainable Development ManagementHS Rhein-WaalEnglishMA18 months01.10.2020see website
Engineering and Related Sciences      
Photogrammetry and GeoinformaticsHfT StuttgartEnglishMSc18 months15.10.2020see website
Hydro Science and EngineeringTU DresdenEnglishMSc24 months15.10.2020see website
Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – TropHEETU DarmstadtEnglishMSc24 months15.10.2020see website
Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering – NHREBHU WeimarEnglishMSc24 months15.10.2020see website
Energy and Environmental Management in Developing Countries (formerly SESAM)U FlensburgEnglishMEng24 monthssee websitesee website
Water Resources and Environmental Management – WATENVU HannoverEnglishMSc24 months30.09.202015.01.2020
Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy – PPREU OldenburgEnglishMSc24 months15.10.202015.01.2020
Textile and Ready-Made Clothing TechnologyTU DresdenGermanMSc24 months10.10.2020see website
Master’s Programme Infrastructure PlanningU StuttgartEnglishMSc24 months01.08.-30.09.202001.08.19-15.02.2020
Mathematics      
PhD Programme Mathematics in Industry and Commerce – MICTU KaiserslauternEnglishPhD36 months15.01.2020see website
Regional and Urban Planning      
Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design – IUSDU StuttgartEnglishMSc24 months30.09.202015.02.2020
Urban Management – UMTU BerlinEnglishMSc18 months31.08.202030.04.2020
Regional Science/Spatial PlanningKIT KarlsruheGermanMSc24 months30.10.202030.09.2020
SPRING – Regional Development Planning and ManagementTU DortmundEnglishMSc24 months01.10.202001.05.2020
Agricultural and Forest Sciences      
Tropical ForestryTU DresdenEnglishMSc24 months30.10.202030.05.2020 (Non EU)/ 15.07.2020 (EU)
Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development (Giessen)U Giessen/ U HohenheimEnglishPhD38 months30.11.2020see website
Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development (Hohenheim)
Agricultural Economics – AgEconU HohenheimEnglishMSc24 months01.12.202015.03.2020 (Non-EU)/ 15.07.2020 (EU)
International HorticultureU HannoverEnglishMSc24 months01.10.202031.05.2020
Tropical and International ForestryU GöttingenEnglishMSc24 months15.10.2020see website
Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ARTSU BonnEnglishMSc24 months15.09.202015.03.2020 (if visa needed) 30.06.2020 (if visa not needed)
Natural and Environmental Sciences      
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)TH Köln/ German Jordanian UniversityEnglishMSc24 months31.01.202010.06.2020 (Germans) 31.03.2020 (Foreigners)
Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation – LENCU GreifswaldEnglishMSc24 months15.12.202001.04.2020
Environmental Governance – MEGU FreiburgEnglishMSc24 months15.10.2020see website
International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology – ISATECU BremenEnglishMSc24 months15.10.202030.04.2020
Natural Resources Management and Development (NRM)/ Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)/ Renewable Energy Management (REM)TH KölnEnglishMSc24 months30.09.202031.03.2020 (Foreigners)
Environment and Resources Management (ENREM) – Focus Latin AmericaTH Köln/ Universidad de San Luis PotosiEnglish/SpanishMSc24 months31.01.202031.01.2020
Medicine/Public Health      
International Health (Heidelberg)U HeidelbergEnglishMSc12 months15.05.2019- 15.10.202030.04.2020
International Health (Berlin)Charité Berlin/ FU Berlin/ HU BerlinEnglishMSc12 months15.10.202031.03.2020
Social Sciences, Education and Law      
Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Competition LawMunich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC)EnglishLL.M.12 months15.10.202030.04.2020
International Education Management – INEMAPH Ludwigsburg / Helwan UniversityEnglishMA24 monthssee websitesee website
Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity BuildingTU DresdenGermanMA24 months30.09.2020see website
Media Studies      
International Media StudiesHS Bonn-Rhein- Sieg/DW Akademie/U BonnEnglish (70%)/ German (30%)MA24 months31.03.202031.03.2020
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