DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate Scholarships 2021 | Call for Application

DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

With its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialised 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.

DAAD German Academic Exchange Services Scholarships Details

Host University: State-recognised German university

Nationality: International Students (All nationalities)

Degree TypeMaster Program  & PhD

Host Country: Germany

Duration of the funding: 12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme)

Scholarship Worth:

  • Depending on the academic level, monthly payments of 850 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 the family

Course Programmes Offer

Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics

  • Master’s Programme in International and Development Economics – MIDE
  • MA Development Economics

Development Cooperation

  • Development Management*

Engineering and Related Sciences

  • Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering – M.Sc
  • Hydro Science and Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in “Energy and Environmental Management
  • Water Resources and Environmental Management

Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics

  • Master’s Programme Infrastructure Planning
  • Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural


  • PhD-Programme “Mathematics in Industry and Commerce

Regional and Urban Planning

  • Urban Management
  • Regional Development Planning and Management
  • Master of Science Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design

Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
  • Tropical Forestry
  • International PhD Program in Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Rural Development
  • Tropical and International Forestry

Agricultural Economics

  • Master of Science in International Horticulture

Natural and Environmental Sciences

  • International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology
  • Environmental Governance
  • Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation

Natural Resources Management and Development (NRM) / Integrated Water Resources

  • Management (IWRM) / Renewable Energy Management (REM)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Environment and Resources Management (ENREM)

Medicine / Public Health

  • Master of Science in International Health

Social Sciences, Education and Law

  • Vocational Education and Personnel Capacity Building
  • International Education Management
  • Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Media Studies

  • International Media Studies

Check: List of Universities for DAAD Scholarship


The Typical Scholarship Holder:

  • Works 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 areas.
  • 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.

Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered

Language skills

  • For study courses in German (scholarship includes a preparatory 6-month German language course in Germany): 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 current certificate.
    Note: It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least B1 Level), even with the preceding six-month intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for matriculation at the respective German university.
  • For courses in English: IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based)
    Note: Some courses may expect a different level. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages

Application Documents

Required documents (in the following order):

  • Signed DAAD application form with the current date
  • Personally signed CV (please use the sample Europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) with the current date
  • Personally signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation and choice of postgraduate programme(s), two pages maximum) with the current date.
  • Letter of recommendation from your current employer; the letter must have letterhead, a signature and official stamp and must be of the current date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) that proof a minimum of two years of relevant working experience (after the bachelor degree) at the time of application and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment from your current employer upon returning home.
  • Proof of Language Skills:
    o English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
    o German – required for courses taught in German
  • Copies of Academic Degrees (certified translation if necessary)
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts, incl. grading-scale (certified translation if necessary)
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate with their application documents.


  • Applications should be sent only to the respective course directly! Please refer to their respective websites for the application procedure (e.g. online application), for the application deadline and the documents to be submitted.
  • Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university.
  • You can apply for up to three courses. If applying to more than one course in DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate scholarships, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms (see 7. Choice of host university/institution in Germany) and do not change the priorities in the according to application form!
  • IMPORTANT: When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.

Application and Selection Procedures

Step 1: You send your complete application(s) directly to the according to a postgraduate course.
Step 2: A selection committee suggests potential candidates for a DAAD scholarship.
Step 3: The suggested candidates will be contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.
Step 4: The selection process will be finalized, and the suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.
Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholarship!

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate Scholarships 2021/2022

Application Deadline

Depending on the chosen study programme; please check the scholarship brochure or the website of your chosen study programme.


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