Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.
Please also take note of our important scholarship information.

Please note:
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A print version of this announcement (PDF) is available in the further tabs (e.g. “Application requirements”).


Please note: As this course of studies only takes place every 2 years, the next call for applications is expected to be in February/March 2022, and the course of studies is expected to start in September/October 2022.

In the light of the increasing demand for qualified lecturers in sub-Saharan Africa the programme aims to the training of young African graduates of German Studies to qualify for a career as teachers of German and preparing them for an academic career as well.

Who can apply?

Graduates with Bachelor degree in German or German as a Foreign Language (DaF), with at least Second Class Upper Division Honours,
at least B2 proficiency level in German or its equivalent

What can be funded?

Participation at the two-year Masters Programme in German Studies at the University of Nairobi incl. a research stay beginning of the second year in Germany (if funding allows)

Duration of the funding

24 months altogether, beginning 1st October 2020.
In the first instance an award of 12 months is granted, a renewal of another 12 months can be applied for at a later date.


  • Monthly stipend of 240 Euros (for Kenyans) or
  • Monthly stipend of 380 Euros (for Non-Kenyans)
  • University tuition fees
  • Annual Research Allowance
  • Medical Insurance (only for Non-Kenyans)
  • Travel allowance (only for Non-Kenyans


After a preselection the best candidates must apply at UoN using the method that is prescribed by the institution.
Following the successful application at UoN , the applicants will be invited for an interview by DAAD Office Nairobi (if applicable via video or telephone conference) for final selection by an independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists.
Criteria for selection are academic achievements, proficiency in German and a convincing explanation of professional and personal reasons for choosing this study programme.
Only candidates who get admission to the Masters programme (proven by a Letter of Offer) at the UoN can get a DAAD scholarship.

What requirements must be met?

  • Graduates with Bachelor degree in German or German as a Foreign Language (DaF), with at least Second Class Upper Division Honours
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a sub-Saharan African country
  • have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • Admission to the Masters programme at the UoN

Language skills

Good to very good knowledge of the German language; at least B2 proficiency level

Application documents

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (according to Europass
  • Motivation Letter (convincing explanation of professional and personal reasons for choosing this study programme)
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade
  • Copies of all university certificates on annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system
  • Research proposal on a topic you would consider for your Masters thesis (Max 2 pages)
  • German Language certificate at minimum B2 Level (onSET-Deutsch, TestDaF, Goethe Institut-B2 Nachweis, DSD, DSH, telc Deutsch, ÖSD-Zertifikat)- it can be submitted later
  • Copy of school leaving certificate (A-/O-level or KCSE)

Furthermore, one Academic Letter of recommendation has to be submitted via cloud by an expert to
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, missing Letters of recommendation do not lead to exclusion from the application process.

Application deadline

On DAAD Portal: 22 April 2020
Recommendation via cloud: 22 April 2020

Information and advisory centres

German Academic Exchange Service, Regional Office for Africa
Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close
P.O. Box 14050
00800 Nairobi

Information on the scholarship:
Elizabeth Waithaka

Information on the Masters Course at UoN:
Dr. Tobias Lechner
University of Nairobi, Lecturer

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

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 in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant. The unopened envelope should be enclosed with the printed "Application summary" generated in the portal (see Item 4). Please note: If the call for proposals requires you to send several copies of your application by post to the application address (see "Application documents" in the section "Application procedure"), you will also need several copies of your reference in several envelopes, which you must then enclose with your printed "Application summary".

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 (except references) 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 (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) 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.

4. Sending application documents by post
Submit the printed "Application summary" – if necessary with several copies (see "Application procedure/Application documents") by post. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed "Application summary" – except the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample if applicable!

Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)".

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 Central European Time (CET).
Please consider this when you are planning your application.


Status: Graduates
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
Further application requirements »