DAAD-Scholarships for Professionals


From among the large number of postgraduate courses offered by German institutions of higher education, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports a carefully chosen selection of programmes of particular interest to junior executives from developing countries. These degree courses, which consist of one to two years of concentrated study, provide young, academically-trained professionals in leading positions from developing countries with the opportunity to engage in postgraduate education and training in their particular field or profession.

At present, postgraduate courses are offered in the following fields:

• Economic Sciences / Business Administration / Political Economics

• Development Co-operation

• Engineering and Related Sciences

• Mathematics • Regional Planning

• Agriculture and Forest Sciences

• Environmental Sciences

• Medicine and Public Health

• Veterinary Medicine

• Social Sciences, Education and Law

• Media StudiesThe courses are open to all eligible candidates. Applications are welcomed from professionals with personal financial resources, from those who are funded by their government or company, or from those who are recipients of financial support from international sponsoring organisations.

In addition, a limited number of full and partial DAAD-scholarships are available.

Scholarships for Postgraduate Courses with Special Relevance to Developing Countries

1. General Information about the Programme

• Postgraduate courses for young professionals from developing countries

• Duration: 12-24 months, depending on the particular institution

• Internationally recognised Master’s degree

• Includes German Universities and “Fachhochschulen” (Universities of Applied Science)

• Support of selected programmes with a variety of full or partial scholarships

• Funded by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), but admission also open to self-financed participants or students financed through government or other sources

• Academic year 2012/2013


2. Prerequisites and Requirements The typical scholarship holder:

• Will come either from a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, be engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.

• Holds a Bachelor’s degree (4 years) in related subject.

• Will have completed an academic degree far beyond average and at least two years of related professional experience.

• Is not older than 36 (for some courses the age limit is 32), respectively his/her academic degrees should normally not be older than 6 years. Concerning a possible age limit, please refer to the course details on the following pages

1 Language skills:

• For courses in German: DSH 2 or TestDaF 4; at time of application German skills at completed level A2 are required. In addition, German language courses at level A2 or B1 are highly recommended.

• Exception: Candidates for some German-speaking courses need a very good command of German at time of application. For detailed information see the relevant course introduction on the following pages.

• Note: It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any basic knowledge in the German language, even with the preceding 6 months of intensive course in Germany.

• For courses in English: IELTS (band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 80 internet based)

Note: Some courses may expect different level. For detailed information see the relevant course introduction on the following pages. Proof of current work situation: All applicants should state their current work situation at the time of application and submit a letter of reference from their employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course.

Statement of motivation: Applicants must submit a statement of motivation explaining why they are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to their current employment.

Application formalities: If you have no private financial resources or cannot obtain a scholarship from your government, company or an international organisation, you may apply for a DAAD scholarship – either full or partial. DAAD application forms are available from the German embassies, one of the DAAD offices abroad or directly at the University or Fachhochschule .

Please note: Scholarships cannot be awarded without the official DAAD application form. Many courses, however, have their own forms, which must be submitted in addition to this (see details under course description). Applicants are requested to state whether they will be financing the desired degree course themselves or whether the course can only be taken with the assistance of a DAAD scholarship. Chances of admission to postgraduate courses will be greatly enhanced for academically qualified applicants with personal f inancial resources.

Applications via e-mail will not be accepte

Application deadlines for DAAD-scholarships “Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries for Professionals”:

• At the German Embassy Dhaka: 31 July
• At the DAAD section 431 in Bonn/Germany: 31 August (please check booklet for detailed information)
• At the respective universities in Germany: 15 October (please check booklet for detailed information)

To get booklet,course details and application form please visit German embassy Dhaka Website.


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