DEADLINE: 10 FEBRUARY 2021
The DAAD awards the German government funding to Sub-Saharan African students for full-time Master or PhD degrees in their home country or in another Sub-Saharan African country as part of its In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme. The Programme promotes the mobility of researchers between Sub-Saharan African countries and capacity building at Sub-Saharan African universities.
The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and / or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa. By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:
Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa
Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa
Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities
To achieve these long-term impacts, the following outcomes have been formulated as programme objectives:
Programme objective 1: Graduates have qualified to take over responsible positions in their, or for their, region of origin
Programme objective 2: The participation of women and underprivileged groups is reinforced
Programme objective 3: Organizational, financial and personal capacities of partner institutions are strengthened
DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship holders are eligible for exciting funding opportunities in addition to the scholarship they have received for their full-time Master or PhD degree in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scholarship holders are eligible to apply for a short-term research visit to Germany. Scholarship holders are eligible to apply for one of six interdisciplinary summer schools offered in Germany during their funding period:
Heidelberg University – Enhancing Academic Qualifications in Teaching and Research in Public Health
HAW Hamburg – Education And Research oriented Training in Health Sciences
TH Cologne – Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus
University of Frankfurt – Environmental and Remote Sensing Data Analysis via Geospatial Technologies in Research and Teaching
ABI Freiburg – Contested Governance
University of Leipzig – Project Development for Knowledge Transfer
The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships). Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme. The selection process differs between the individual degree programmes. Please see the call for applications for further information.
Usually, the application procedure follows a two-step process. First, applicants submit their scholarship application to the host institution. After a pre-selection has been conducted, shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit their application again via the DAAD portal for the final selection.
Funding is provided for the usual duration of a course – generally, up to two years for Masters and up to three years for the PhD degree programmes. This includes Monthly allowance, Study and research allowance, Printing allowance, Tuition fees, Travel allowance and Health insurance.
Please find below the list of degree programmes funded within this scholarship programme in West Africa:
University of Abomey – Calavi (UAC) Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Subject field: Mathematics (Master, PhD) as well as International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (CIPMA), Subject fields: Natural Sciences (Master, PhD)
International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Subject field: Engineering (Master, PhD)
University for Development Studies (UDS), Department of Public Health, Subject field: Medicine - Public Health (Master Phil, Master Sc)
University of Ghana, Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), Subject field: Humanities / Political Science (Master, PhD) as well as West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Subject field: Agricultural Sciences (Master, PhD)
University of Ibadan, Subject fields: Fisheries Management and Energy Studies (Master)
Centre d 'Etudes Régional pour l'Amélioration de l'Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Subject field: Agricultural Sciences (Master, PhD)