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.
The benefits that a student gets with the DAAD scholarship include:
- Postgraduate students get a monthly allowance of 750 Euros
- Doctorate students get a monthly allowance of 1000 Euros
- Both postgraduate and doctorate students get health insurance coverage
- There is also a provision where these students can receive a travel grant
- The students get to study for free in a German university
- The students also get accommodation for free at the university
What are the requirements to apply for DAAD Scholarship?
- 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 the DAAD Scholarship?
#1 The first step is to download the application form from the DAAD scholarship website. Fill in this form with your information.
#2 The next step is to download a Europas Specimen form that will help you make a personalized CV with your hand made the signature.
#3 Ensure that you also have a motivation letter that is hand signed and lists your working history as well as references for the same.
#4 The German universities may request a research proposal, which you should send with your application.
#5 Ensure that you also attach a recommendation letter from your previous university.
#6 Ensure that you attach a professional referral letter from your previous employer.
- It is optional to attach a letter of guaranteed reemployment after going back to your country after completing the course.
#7 There are English and German proficiency tests that a student can sit for. These include;
- IELTS: The approval scores are set by individual universities and are determined by the course chosen.
- German Language: This is a necessary test for students who choose courses that are taught in German.
- The TOEFL test is not accepted.
#8 Students that are interested in the DAAD scholarship should apply for degree courses directly to the university.
#9 Besides the documents needed to apply for the DAAD scholarship, you should also find out any other documents that you may need to facilitate your study.
#10 You can apply directly for a course at a German university in various ways. There are universities that allow online application and there are those that require sending hardcopy applications through postal services.
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.
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 Courses||Institution||Language||Degree||Duration without German language
|Application Deadlines for Intake 2020/2021|
|* Intake every two years – next intake 2020-2021|
|Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics|
|Small Enterprise Promotion and Training – SEPT||U Leipzig||English||MBA||22 months||01.10.2020||15.03.2020|
|Development Economics||U Göttingen||English||MA||24 months||01.10.-15.11.2020||see website|
|Master’s Programme in International and Development Economics – MIDE||HTW Berlin||English||MA||17 months||31.08.2020||see website|
|Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security||U Bonn/United
|English||MSc||24 months||15.12.2020||see website|
| Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research – BIGS-DR
(formerly ZEF Doctoral Studies Program)
|U Bonn||English||PhD||38 months||31.08.2020||throughout the year|
|Development Management*||RU Bochum||English||MA||18 months||30.09.2020||see website|
|Sustainable Development Management||HS Rhein-Waal||English||MA||18 months||01.10.2020||see website|
|Engineering and Related Sciences|
|Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics||HfT Stuttgart||English||MSc||18 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|Hydro Science and Engineering||TU Dresden||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – TropHEE||TU Darmstadt||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering – NHRE||BHU Weimar||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|Energy and Environmental Management in Developing
Countries (formerly SESAM)
|U Flensburg||English||MEng||24 months||see website||see website|
|Water Resources and Environmental Management – WATENV||U Hannover||English||MSc||24 months||30.09.2020||15.01.2020|
|Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy – PPRE||U Oldenburg||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||15.01.2020|
|Textile and Ready-Made Clothing Technology||TU Dresden||German||MSc||24 months||10.10.2020||see website|
|Master’s Programme Infrastructure Planning||U Stuttgart||English||MSc||24 months||01.08.-30.09.2020||01.08.19-15.02.2020|
|PhD Programme Mathematics in Industry and Commerce – MIC||TU Kaiserslautern||English||PhD||36 months||15.01.2020||see website|
|Regional and Urban Planning|
|Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design – IUSD||U Stuttgart||English||MSc||24 months||30.09.2020||15.02.2020|
|Urban Management – UM||TU Berlin||English||MSc||18 months||31.08.2020||30.04.2020|
|Regional Science/Spatial Planning||KIT Karlsruhe||German||MSc||24 months||30.10.2020||30.09.2020|
|SPRING – Regional Development Planning and Management||TU Dortmund||English||MSc||24 months||01.10.2020||01.05.2020|
|Agricultural and Forest Sciences|
|Tropical Forestry||TU Dresden||English||MSc||24 months||30.10.2020||30.05.2020 (Non EU)/
|Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development (Giessen)||U Giessen/
|English||PhD||38 months||30.11.2020||see website|
|Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development (Hohenheim)|
|Agricultural Economics – AgEcon||U Hohenheim||English||MSc||24 months||01.12.2020||15.03.2020 (Non-EU)/
|International Horticulture||U Hannover||English||MSc||24 months||01.10.2020||31.05.2020|
|Tropical and International Forestry||U Göttingen||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics – ARTS||U Bonn||English||MSc||24 months||15.09.2020||15.03.2020 (if visa needed) 30.06.2020 (if visa not needed)|
|Natural and Environmental Sciences|
|Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)||TH Köln/
German Jordanian University
|Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation – LENC||U Greifswald||English||MSc||24 months||15.12.2020||01.04.2020|
|Environmental Governance – MEG||U Freiburg||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||see website|
|International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology – ISATEC||U Bremen||English||MSc||24 months||15.10.2020||30.04.2020|
|Natural Resources Management and Development (NRM)/ Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)/ Renewable Energy Management (REM)||TH Köln||English||MSc||24 months||30.09.2020||31.03.2020
|Environment and Resources Management (ENREM)
– Focus Latin America
|TH Köln/ Universidad de
San Luis Potosi
|International Health (Heidelberg)||U Heidelberg||English||MSc||12 months||15.05.2019-
|International Health (Berlin)||Charité Berlin/ FU Berlin/
|Social Sciences, Education and Law|
|Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Competition Law||Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
|International Education Management – INEMA||PH Ludwigsburg / Helwan University||English||MA||24 months||see website||see website|
|Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity Building||TU Dresden||German||MA||24 months||30.09.2020||see website|
|International Media Studies||HS Bonn-Rhein-
Sieg/DW Akademie/U Bonn
|English (70%)/ German (30%)||MA||24 months||31.03.2020||31.03.2020|