Fully Funded DAAD Postgraduate Scholarships in Germany 2020-2021



With its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialised countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all. The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

The German Authority for Cultural Exchange announced that it has started receiving students’ files for candidacy for the German Commission for Cultural Exchange for the academic year 2019-2020 to study in German universities.
Thus, registration is open for students from developing countries who wish to complete postgraduate studies (masters and doctoral levels) in full programs at universities that are among the best German universities and institutes in various disciplines and sciences.
With these advanced study programs aimed at postgraduate students, DAAD seeks to encourage and qualify specialists in various fields in many developing countries that are experiencing modern industrial revolutions.

As these local specialists and experts will have an important role in communicating with international partners, as they will play a major role in advancing sustainable development in their home country, and thus they will constitute a guarantee for a better future, less poverty, health and education for all.
This scholarship will be available to students from developing countries who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree and have professional experience extending for two years and strive to complete their postgraduate studies in various fields and specializations. / Doctorate degree) from German universities.


  • Organization: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Country of study: Germany
  • Level of study: Postgraduate studies “Master – Doctorate”
  • Funding: Fully Funded
  • Duration of study: ranges from 12 to 36 months
  • Nationality: International students

Funding: (fully funded)

  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 861 euros for graduates or 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates
  • 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

Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family


  • Candidates fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship

What can be funded?

Download List of Universities to see deadline and fields of study

Individual scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate courses in Germany are listed on the “List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines 2022/23”.


What requirements must be met?

The Typical Scholarship Holder:

  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is 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 (normally four years) in a related subject.
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor) at the time of application.
  • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.

Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered

Language skills

  • For study courses in German (scholarship includes a preparatory 6-month German language course in Germany): Successful passing of the language examination DSH 2 or TestDaF 4 before the start of the study course. Therefore, a minimum German language level of B1 at the time of application is a requirement, that needs to be proofed by providing a current certificate.
    Note: It is not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least B1 Level), even with the preceding six-month intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a formal prerequisite for matriculation at the respective German university.
  • 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 a different level. For detailed information see the relevant course description on the following pages.


Application documents

Applications have only to be sent to the respective course directly! Please refer to their respective websites for the application procedure (e.g. online application), for the application deadline and the documents to be submitted.
Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university.

You can apply for up to three courses. If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms (see 7. Choice of host university/institution in Germany) and do not change the priorities in the according application form!

Application documents
Required documents (in the following order):

  • Signed DAAD application form with current date
  • Personally signed CV (please use the sample europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) with current date
  • Personally signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation and choice of postgraduate programme(s), two pages maximum) with current date.
    IMPORTANT: When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.
  • Letter of recommendation from your current employer; the letter must have letterhead, a signature and official stamp and must be of current date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) that proof a minimum of two years of relevant working experience (after the bachelor degree) at the time of application and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment from your current employer upon returning home.
  • Proof of Language Skills:
    o English – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
    o German – required for courses taught in German
  • Copies of Academic Degrees (certified translation if necessary)
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts, incl. grading-scale (certified translation if necessary)
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate with their application documents.

Note: Some courses may require additional documents. For detailed information, please see the relevant course description in the Brochure and on the respective websites.

The complete applications have to be submitted in English or German to be considered.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms and do not change these priorities in the respective application.

When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority. If this information is ignored, the application cannot be considered or an already awarded scholarship might be withdrawn.

Please check with the requirements of the according University whether certified copies are required.

Application deadline

Depending on chosen study programme; please check scholarship brochure or the website of your chosen study programme.

Application location

Apply directly to the chosen study programme

Application and Selection Procedure
Step 1: You send your complete application(s) directly to the according postgraduate course.
Step 2: A selection committee suggests potential candidates for a DAAD scholarship.
Step 3: The suggested candidates will be contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.
Step 4: The selection process will be finalized, and the suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.
Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholarship!

How To Apply

The process of sending applications must be direct to the university that was selected, and any applications sent to DAAD will not be taken into consideration and will not be sent back to the relevant university.

Applications must be complete in English or German to be considered.
List of required documents:

1- DAAD form “You can view it from (APPLICATION PROCEDURE)”

2- C.V CV with manual signature (Please use the European CV template which can be found through the link below:

3- A manually signed motivation letter (it is preferred to have an email address for the current work to refer to when needed) and to be two pages at most

4- Academic recommendation letter, which must contain a clear address in the name of the candidate / signature of the referee professor / official seal from the academic authority, and it must be of recent date.

5- A professional recommendation letter from the current entity that the candidate works for is an academic, and it must contain a clear address in the name of the candidate / signature of the referee university professor / an official seal from the academic authority and it must be dated.

6- An undertaking from the body with which the candidate works to re-employ him upon return to his home country and to end his years of study in Germany (if possible)

7- Languages:

  • Certificate of Proficiency in English IELTS OR TOEFL (note only ACADEMIC TOEFL is accepted)
  • German language for programs taught in German, and it is preferable to apply for programs taught in English, if any.

8- Certifications:

  • Certified copies of previously obtained academic degree certificates
  • Certified copies of the transcript of the exams that were submitted to obtain previously obtained academic scores

Note: Please refer to the official website of the chosen university to verify whether the submitted copies of the documents need to be certified or not, and please note that it is possible for the chosen university to require additional documents and documents, so it is preferable to return to the university’s official website and review all the required documents. To apply for the required program.

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