Finding Scholarships

Welcome to our scholarship database!
Here you will find information about our DAAD scholarship programmes for international students and researchers as well as offers from other selected funding organisations.

Please also take note of our important scholarship information.
Please note:
The usage of the application portal is possible only to a limited extent with mobile devices. Please use your desktop computer. Technical requirements

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The In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development.
By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:

  • Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Postgraduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities

Who can apply?

Sub-Saharan African Alumni of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme who have completed their PhD and currently hold an academic position at a university or research institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
For further information see: “Application requirements”

What can be funded?

The purpose of the programme is to provide opportunities to alumni of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region programme to conduct, under the guidance of their host institutions, co-operative research at a German university or other research institutions. The programme is designed to augment opportunities for researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The project should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project. That means:

  • The fellowship should advance the candidate's research profile.
  • The host and the candidate must have established close communication and devised a concrete research plan.
  • The implementation of the fellowship should contribute to promoting exchange between German and Sub-Saharan African universities.
Applications may come from all subject areas with strong relevance to national or regional development.

The fellowships are tenable in any university or research institution in Germany.

Terms and Conditions
At the end of the fellowship the fellow has to provide a detailed report on the findings of the research co-signed by the hosting researcher and give further information on future co-operation and academic activities.

Duration of the funding

The awards are tenable for a period of three to six months and are not renewable.


The fellowship consists of:

  • An adequate travel lump sum
  • A monthly allowance of EUR 2.000,--
  • Accident, liability and health insurance

The DAAD will endeavour to transfer/pay out the first payments as quickly as possible after the scholarship holder has arrived at the host institution.
Nevertheless, it is recommended to bring a financial reserve for the first time period.
The travel allowance and the honorarium cover all costs arising from and in connection with the travel and stay. This may be, for example, visa fees, costs for health checks or vaccinations, baggage costs or luggage insurance and taxable charges.
Please note that programmes which run for up to six months do not provide for families to join the grant holder and consequently the DAAD does not pay any family allowances.

Please note:
The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Scholarships will be awarded subject to the provision of funds.

What requirements must be met?


  • have to be alumni of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the “In-Region / In-Country Scholarship Programme”.
  • must have completed their PhD degree less than six years ago.
  • must hold an academic position at a university or research institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • have to be invited by a German host institution (please note: DAAD does not find or introduce host institutions.)
  • have to be nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.
Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.

Application documents

All documents need to be submitted in either English or German

  • DAAD application form, duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the europass specimen form at (, including list of publications (if applicable)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Letter of invitation from a German host institution
  • Research proposal (at least 5 pages)
  • Detailed time and work plan (which must have been arranged in advance with the host researcher in Germany)
  • Confirmation from a German professor stating that he/she will host the applicant during the stay
  • 2 recommendation letters by academic referees
  • PhD certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate)
  • Award Letter from previous DAAD scholarship that indicates your personal identification number (PKZ-/ID-number)

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal.

Please note that the access to the application portal only appears while the current application period is running. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this programme is not available until the next application period.
The access to the DAAD portal generally opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline at the latest.

For technical questions regarding the DAAD-Portal, please contact

Application deadline

Application deadlines are updated at least once a year. In most cases, they are in the same period as the previous year. You can find the current dates here:

March 1, 2021 for fellowships starting July 1, 2021
April 1, 2021 for fellowships starting August 1, 2021
May 1, 2021 for fellowships starting September 1, 2021
June 1, 2021 for fellowships starting October 1, 2021
July 1, 2021 for fellowships starting November 1, 2021

Application location

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal.

Information and advisory centres

For consultation with DAAD, please contact:

(Ms.) Hellen Sahlmann
Programme Officer, Section ST32 Africa
Tel.: +49-228-882-729

General information on the application via DAAD portal

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you.

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-8888 or via e-mail, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.


Status: Postdoctoral researchers
Country of Origin:
Only specified

The scholarship for this programme is restricted to certain countries of origin. You can find an explanation for this on the details page of the scholarship programme under the application requirements.

See list

Applicable to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport
Further application requirements »
Please also take note of our important scholarship information.