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DAAD Scholarship Research Grants – Doctoral Programs in Germany

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DAAD Scholarship: Research Grants – Doctoral Programs in Germany Under this category, DAAD sponsors international scholars: Graduates, Doctoral candidates/Ph.D. students, and Postdoctoral researchers to undertake doctoral studies and research projects in Germany.

Doctoral Programs in Germany

Level of study:                                   Doctoral candidates/Ph.D. students, Postdoctoral researchers

Program Duration:                               4 years (Maximum)

Funding organization:                         DAAD

Study location:                                    Germany

Language of instruction:                   German or English

Application Deadline:                        31 Dec 2021 (country dependent)

Application Start date:   Application starts six (6) weeks before the application deadline. However, it is wise to start preparing your application documents

First, I must say that the application process looks a bit cumbersome, but very straightforward if you are keen. Therefore, I advise that you take your time and prepare well for this application in other to successfully submit a competitive application and increase your chances of winning this prestigious grant!

Benefits  For DAAD Scholarship: Research Grants (what the scholarship covers)

Tuition fee                                                                                            No tuition fee (free)

Monthly allowance for doctoral/Ph.D. students                                        €1200 Euro

Travel Allowance from home country to Germany                                   Allowance (depends on country)

Research allowance                                                                                  €500/year (depends on program)

Health insurance, accident, and personal liability insurance (monthly) And under certain circumstances, DAAD also provide additional benefits such as;

Study allowance (twice – at the beginning & end of study)                      €460  

Monthly allowance for accompanying family members                            Spouse: €300, + €200/child

Preparatory Language Course: DAAD sponsors a compulsory preparatory German language course of 6 months before the start of your study in Germany.

Brief description Of DAAD Scholarship: Research Grants

This is one of the various scholarship programs offered by DAAD, to study or carry out research in Germany. It is targeted at:

  • Excellently qualified young academics and scientists holding a Master’s degree or equivalent at the latest by the start of their grant-supported research in Germany
  • Pursuing a doctoral program at a state or state-recognized higher institution or a non-university research institute in Germany. Candidates research must fall into one of these categories:
  • may carry out individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser or
  • you are applying to participate in a structured doctoral study program

Requirements and Prerequisites DAAD Scholarship Research Grants

The typical applicant for this scholarship should:

  • Be currently working or has worked either in the public sector or a state or private company in a developing country (min. 2 years related work experience after bachelor’s degree)
  • Holds a good Master’s degree or equivalent in a related subject
  • His/her Academic degrees should normally not be more than 6 years old (exceptions exist)
  • Must not have been residing in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline
  • Applicants from medical fields please read further requirements here
  • Language requirements
    • For German taught Course: Candidates must provide proof of German language skills
    • For English taught Course: Proof of good English skills is requires
  • Proof of current and past work situation: All applicants are required to provide proof of professional work experience (min. 2 years) and specify their current work status at the time of application. Thus they must submit:
    • Employment certificate(s) which should state the exact position and period of employment
    • Reference letter from employer(s), normally, it should include a guarantee of re-employment after completion of study in Germany
  • Research plan/proposal


Eligible Countries: Doctoral Programs in Germany

Under this category of Development-Related Postgraduate Courses, offered by DAAD, applicants must come from one of the following countries: 

Afghanistan ComorosIranMontenegroSouth Sudan
AlbaniaCongoIraqMoroccoSri Lanka
AlgeriaCongo, Democratic  RepublicIsraelMozambiqueSudan
AngolaCosta RicaJamaicaMyanmarSuriname
Antigua and BarbudaCote d’IvoireJapanNamibiaSwitzerland
BangladeshDominican RepublicKoreaNigeriaTanzania
BelarusEcuadorKosovoNorth MacedoniaThailand
BelizeEl SalvadorKyrgyzstanPakistanTogo
BeninEquatorial GuineaLao People’s Democratic RepublicPalestinian TerritoriesTunisia
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGambiaLiberiaPeruUganda
BrazilGhanaMacao (CN)RwandaUruguay
Burkina FasoGrenadaMadagascarSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesUzbekistan
BurundiGuatemalaMalawiSao Tome and PrincipeVenezuela
Cape VerdeHaitiMauritaniaSeychellesZambia
Central African  RepublicHondurasMauritiusSierra LeoneZimbabwe
ChadHong Kong (CN)MexicoSingapore
ColombiaIndonesiaMongoliaSouth Africa

However, if your country is not on the list, you can still check the Over 190 different DAAD scholarship programs offered to scholars from different nationalities.

Courses Eligible for Funding: DAAD Scholarship Research Grants – Doctoral programs in Germany

 Sponsorship is offered in the following fields:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutritional Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sports

Documents needed for DAAD scholarship application:

  • To be Uploaded to DAAD Portal Online
    • Online application form
    • List of publications (max. 10 pages)
    • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
    • Research plan/proposal, prepared and composed by you, and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages in total)
    • For individual projects supervised by a university teacher in Germany:
      • Letter confirming supervision by a university teacher in Germany
      • Schedule of planned research work
    • For structured doctoral program:
      • Admission letter to the study program (can be submitted later, if not available at the time of application).
      • Provide proof of existing contacts to the coordinator of the doctoral program in form of copies of correspondence.
    • Diploma or degree certificate indicating final grade(s) (can be submitted later)
    • Other documents that support your application. Eg.:
      • Employment certificate, Internship certificate, etc
    • German or English translation of documents (if documents are in other languages)
    • Note: If due to Corona you are unable to provide a Language proficiency certificate, there is an exemption. Check here under “Current note
  • To be submitted by post:
    • One recent reference/recommendation letter from a university teacher, which gives information about your qualification. Must have letterhead and hand-signed. No digital or scanned signature.

How to Apply/submitting an application on Daad Scholarship Research Grants – Doctoral programs in Germany

  • Step 1: Register in the DAAD portal (you can read notes on registration here)
  • Step 2: Request references
    • A template form is available in the DAAD portal in the section “Request reference”. Please send this form to your referee via email and ask that the completed reference form be returned to you in a sealed envelope for onward posting to DAAD.
  • Step 3: Apply online in the DAAD portal (you can read notes on applying online here)
    • Download and complete the online application form
    • Prepare application documents
    • Translate documents (if docs are not in English/German).
    • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format.
    • Upload completed application form and other application documents (only PDF format). Translations, where applicable, should be uploaded in addition to documents issued in the original language.
    • Submit the uploaded application documents online.
  • Step 4: Send application documents by post
    • References must be sent in the “unopened” envelope to the application location. I.e the DAAD office in charge of your country


  • IMPORTANT: Only complete applications are considered.
  • Application Deadline: 31.12.2021 (country dependent)
  • Application Starts: Application starts six (6) weeks before the application deadline
  • For more details visit DAAD official site: Doctoral Studies – DAAD
  • Video of the step by step online application will be made available soon





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