Training professionals and managers

Tim Wegner

Professionals, managers and university lecturers can initiate lasting political, economic, and social transformation processes and innovative solutions to local and global problems. In order to train such "change agents", the DAAD has worked with partners to tailor its exchange programmes as far as possible to the conditions in developing countries.

In practice

"Development does not need millions", says DAAD scholarship holder Grey Magaiza. For his doctoral thesis, the South African sociologist is working with ten high school graduates from one of the country's most disadvantaged provinces. In his research, he is developing practical approaches to combating poverty.

Our Programmes

The DAAD supports the training of professionals and managers from developing countries through a range of funding models. For example, we grant scholarships for degree programmes at German universities that are particularly relevant to development and to solving global problems. The DAAD also awards master's or doctoral scholarships for future university lecturers at selected universities and research institutions in the students' home regions, especially in Africa. Holders of these scholarships can additionally apply for study visits to Germany. Specialised scholarship programmes are designed to include on-the-job training phases to establish first contacts with the business world. Other programmes promote dialogue in regions of conflict through study visits. We also provide funding for German academics to support higher education institutions in developing countries.

We also fund specific trainings that complement our scholarships, for example workshops on the systematic use of free digital libraries in research and teaching. Such courses are promoted especially in the framework of the BMZ special initiatives "ONE WORLD – No Hunger” and "Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees".

The DAAD instigates the networking and further education of alumni beyond the duration of the scholarship. The DAAD supports the online platform “Alumniportal Deutschland“, self-organised expert events addressing central development issues as well as the support of alumni working at higher education institutions in their home countries with scientific equipment donations.

Our Objectives

The DAAD scholarships programmes facilitate training and networking of highly qualified young researchers. Supporting these "change agents" is supposed to contribute to solving regional problems and to finding answers to global issues. Alumni become qualified researchers and university teachers or occupy key positions in the society. In these positions they can apply and pass on their acquired knowledge and thereby positively influence the development of their countries.

Our scholarship holders act as mediators for intercultural dialogue and are important cooperation partners for German institutions and companies. Their presence fosters high quality application-oriented research and teaching at higher education institutions in developing and emerging countries. These highly qualified scholars contribute to societal development through a confident presentation of their great expertise even in difficult environments. They also support internationalisation of their institutions and improve development-related competence at German higher education institutions.

Click here for more information on our development-related funding programmes for students and alumni.