German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is destined to offer support to international graduate students from developing and newly industrialized countries who are interested in master or doctoral programs in universities in Germany. DAAD is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The exchange service supports international students with at least 2 years of professional experience who are interested in development related postgraduate programs.
For courses starting in 2018, the following domains are included in the DAAD program: Engineering and Related Sciences, Business/Economic Sciences, Development Cooperation, Regional and Urban Planning, Media Studies, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences Law and Education, Forest and Agricultural Sciences, Medicine and Public Health.
Candidates must prove to have the ability and motivation to implement in their countries the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies in Germany.
The DAAD exchange service welcomes applications from international candidates who have the financial means to support their studies, but also offers a limited number of full scholarships, awarded to candidates who choose postgraduate courses included in this funding program. You can find the list of supported postgraduate degree programs starting in 2018 here. The DAAD scholarships include a 750 euros for master students and 1000 euros for doctoral students, health insurance and travel costs.
Eligible criteria include a Bachelor Degree in a related and relevant domain, not more than 6 years older. The candidates must have completed their studies with high academic results (in the upper third) and their professional experience must be with a private or public company whose activity is related to economic, social or technological development in their country.
There are also a series of language requirements, depending on the language the courses are delivered in. For courses studied in German, candidates must have a minimum language level of A2 at the time of application and a DSH 2 or Test DaF 4. Scholarships include a 6-month language course. For courses taught in English, students must hold a IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (with one of the following scores: 550 paper based, 213 computer based and 80 internet based).
The application will consists of a series of documents: the application form (which can be downloaded from here), a europass CV, a letter of motivation, letters of recommendation from academic professors and from employer, language certificates, copies of academic degrees and of academic transcripts.
Deadlines for application vary, depending on the postgraduate course the candidates choose. Applicants can verify the deadlines by checking the booklet about the program, which can be viewed here.
The application documents must be sent directly to the university to which the students apply . The candidates awarded with the scholarships will be selected between the end of October and February.