Study in Germany under Fully- Funded Masters and PhD scholarships_2018

Study in Germany under Fully- Funded Masters and PhD scholarships_2018

This scholarship programme offers you the opportunity to continue your academic education in Germany with a postgraduate course of study.

Who can apply?

  • Excellently-qualified graduates who have completed a first degree (Bachelor, Diplom or comparable academic degree) at the latest by the time they commence their scholarship-supported study programme.
  • For applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture, the DAAD offers subject-specific scholarship programmes.

What can be funded?

  • Participation in a postgraduate programme after a first undergraduate course of study for the purpose of technical or scientific specialisation
  • Specifically, the following is supported:
    a postgraduate or Master's degree programme completed at a state or state-recognised university in Germany
    the first or second year of study at a state or state-recognised German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree programme completed in the home country or in another foreign country; recognition of the academic achievements rendered in Germany must be guaranteed. The standard period of study of the postgraduate or Master's degree programme should not be exceeded as a result of the study year in Germany.

Duration of the funding

For a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in Germany:
  • between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study programme
  • The scholarships are awarded for the duration of the standard period of study for the chosen study programme (up to a maximum of 24 months). To receive further funding after the first year of study for 2-year courses, proof of academic achievements thus far should indicate that the study programme can be successfully completed within the standard period of study.
  • Applicants who are already in Germany in the first academic year of a 2-year postgraduate or Master's programme at the time of their application may apply for a scholarship for the second year of study. In this case, it is not possible to extend the scholarship.
For a study period in Germany as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in a foreign country:
  • usually one academic year; an extension is not possible.
  • The scholarship usually begins on 1st October, or earlier if the student takes a language course prior to the study programme.
  • Scholarship Value:

    • Scholarship payments of 750 euros a month
    • 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
    • One-off study allowance
    Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:
    • Contribution towards tuition fees that may be charged by the university (max. € 500.- per semester)
    • Monthly rent subsidy
    • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family
    To enable scholarship holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:
    • Payment of course fees for the online language course "Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)" ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
    • if necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the study visit; the DAAD decides whether to fund participation and for how long depending on German language skills and project. Participation in a language course is compulsory if the study programme is taught in German.
    • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the scholarship period
    • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
    • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.


    An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications.
    The most important selection criteria are:
    • academic achievements
    • convincing academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany

    What requirements must be met?

    • A Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree of 2nd class upper division level and a Master of Arts/Master of Science degree are required.
    • For francophone countries: A Licence or Maitrise degree of "assez bien" level and a DEA/DESS degree or a Master corresponding to the LMD system are required.
    • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. If you are already working on a doctoral degree, you should not have started your degree any longer than three years previously.
    • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.
    For applicants from the fields of human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry, other regulations are applicable. Please refer to the leaflet "Additional information on DAAD Research Grants for applicants from medical fields" (

    Language skills

    • The required language level depends on the applicant's study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.
    • The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to send 1 copy/copies of the "Application summary" (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, and other appendices by post to the application address.
    • 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.

    Application documents

    Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!
    1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:
    • Online application form
    • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
    • List of publications (max. 10 pages), if applicable
    • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages)
    In the case of individual projects supervised by a university teacher (academic adviser)
    • Letter confirming supervision by a university teacher in Germany (academic adviser)
    • Schedule of planned research work
    In the case of planned participation in a structured doctoral study programme:
    • Letter of admission to a study programme; this can be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
    • Proof of existing contacts to the coordinator of the doctoral programme in the form of copies of correspondence
    Also for all applicants:
    • Diplom or degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
    • Other documents which support your application (example: certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.)
    • German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
    • Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)
    • An official confirmation of funding for your field trip expenses (e.g. from you home university) or a confirmation that you will cover the costs by yourself. Kindly note that the DAAD cannot cover field trips expenses, hence we request you to send us an official confirmation of funding.
    • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.
    2. To be submitted by post:
    • The "Application summary", which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy/copies to the application address.
    • Two recent references from university teachers which provide information about your qualifications (hand-signed, no digital or scanned signature); please enclose the references in envelopes with each copy of your application. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.

    Application deadline

    October 31, 2017

    Application location

    Regional Office Nairobi
    German Academic Exchange Service, Regional Office for Africa
    Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close, P.O. Box 14050
    00800 Nairobi
    Tel.: +254 (733)/92 99 29

    Please note

    • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see Item 1) and by post (see Item 2). The postmark date serves as proof that the application has been dispatched on time.
    • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
    • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
    • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.

    Information and advisory centres

    Regional Office Nairobi
    German Academic Exchange Service, Regional Office for Africa
    Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close, P.O. Box 14050
    00800 Nairobi
    Tel.: +254 (733)/92 99 29