Funding programmes for universities from A to Z

Project funding

All DAAD programmes are based on the interest in, and commitment to, development cooperation shown by many German universities. The DAAD uses these programmes to make the knowledge and expertise at German universities available for development cooperation. This is one way of further increasing the contribution to sustainable development made by higher education and science.

Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan

The Academic Mining Education in Afghanistan (AMEA) project (2014 to 2017) supports the training of highly qualified specialists and managerial staff in the Afghan mining industry.

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Centres of African Excellence

The DAAD helps African universities establish centres of excellence, improve the quality of the education they provide, and increase their research capacities, thus enabling future decision-makers in Africa to be trained in line with international standards.

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East African Centre of Excellence in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

The Centre of Excellence contributes to reinforcing the teaching and learning capabilities of East African universities in ICT-related fields and fosters linkages between universities, the private and public sector as well as civil society.

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African Good Governance Network

DAAD

The African Good Governance Network (AGGN) supports a group of highly qualified academics from sub-Saharan Africa who promote the values of good governance and democratisation by advocating economic and political change in their home countries.

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Alumni Programme for Supporting and Integrating International Alumni

DAAD

The DAAD supports higher education institutions in Germany by offering suitable programmes and initiatives to strengthen the ties of international alumni to German universities and to Germany as a whole.

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Seminars for Professionals and Managerial Staff from Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries

DAAD

The seminars for professionals and managerial staff from developing and newly industrialised countries contribute significantly to the development of intercultural skills, professional networking, and active participation in development cooperation.

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Bicultural Regional Postgraduate Courses for the Middle East and North Africa

IIT Osnabrück

The DAAD and the GIZ support the development of bicultural master’s degree programmes for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at German higher education institutions and universities abroad. The main focus is on teaching regional knowledge and cross-cultural skills.

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Bilateral SDG Graduate Schools

Dr. Dorothee Weyler

The programme seeks to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. Thus, bilateral partnerships between higher education institutions in Germany and developing countries are supported in order to establish bilateral SDG graduate schools in developing countries.

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German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology

GMIT

Mongolia has one of the world’s largest reserves of raw materials. However, there is only a limited number of highly qualified technical specialists and managerial staff in the raw material processing industry and affiliated fields. The project German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) is a response to this situation.

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Development-Related Postgraduate Courses

MIWF NRW

The EPOS programme offers individual scholarships to participants from developing countries so that they may study development-related postgraduate courses at selected universities in Germany.

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Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries

DAAD

By sponsoring curriculum enhancement of partner universities abroad, this programme contributes to creating high-quality, effective, and cosmopolitan higher education institutions in developing countries and in Germany.

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Alumni Special Projects

DAAD/Michael Jordan

In the Alumni Special Projects programme professionals from developing countries who have been trained in Germany have the opportunity to come into contact with German representatives from academia and business at important trade fairs and conferences.

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Fact Finding Missions

DAAD / Heupel

The Fact Finding Missions programme helps German university lecturers to meet potential cooperation partners in DAC countries. The aim is to use preparatory visits to set up long-term collaboration.

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Helmut-Schmidt-Programme

Norbert Hüttermann/DAAD

The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme supports future leaders from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, South-East Asia, and countries in the Middle East who strive to promote democracy and social justice.

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Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation

CIH

The DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” programme supports the development of competence centres by German universities and their partners in developing countries.

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Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies

DAAD/Michael Jordan

The Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies programme is jointly developed by the DAAD and the German Rector’s Conference. It offers two programme components that foster the competencies of academic staff and contribute to the enhancement of institutional management at universities in developing countries.

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Country-Specific Scholarship Programme

Christina Pfänder

The DAAD supports the new academic generation in newly industrialised countries in Latin America and Southern Asia with special scholarship programmes. The main focus is on engineering, natural sciences, as well as economics and business administration.

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German-Brazilian Partnerships in Sustainable Development

Renan Cepeda/GIZ

In the context of the programme New Partnerships/Novas Parcerias (NoPa), the DAAD supports German-Brazilian research collaborations in the areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency, as well as protection and sustainable use of tropical forests.

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Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries

DAAD/Volker Lannert

In order to prevent a possible brain drain of professionals and nursing staff in the health sector in developing countries, the Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme supports high-quality training and continuing education opportunities in the medical field.

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Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change)

Mohammed El Amine Hefhaf

The DAAD supports the development of the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change) (PAUWES) at the Abou Bekr Belkaïd University in Tlemcen, Algeria.

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University Programme on Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Senegal

GIZ Senegal

Under the multilateral university cooperation PESEREE, the DAAD supports four universities in Senegal. The aim is to design a more application-oriented joint degree course in renewable energies.

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University-Business-Partnerships

DAAD Volker Lannert

Since 2012, the programme University-Business-Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Business Partners in Germany and in Developing Countries has supported practice-oriented degree programmes relevant to the labour market that are cutting-edge and suit the local context.

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Partnerships for Supporting Biodiversity in Developing Countries

DAAD Volker Lannert

In the last few years, biodiversity issues have steadily increased in importance in the context of the international development agenda. As research into biodiversity in Germany is very well developed compared with other countries, it is essential to exploit the vast potential of German universities in this field more extensively.

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Right Livelihood College

DAAD

The Right Livelihood College campus at the Bonn Centre for Development Research (ZEF) hosts workshops twice a year at which DAAD scholarship holders from all over the world exchange views with prominent international personalities.

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Equipment/Material Support for Universities in Developing Countries

In order to support and strengthen university partnerships, the Material Support programme funds equipment university infrastructure in developing countries.

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Bi-National Master's Degrees

DAAD/Volker Lannert

Under the Emerging Countries Programme, international master’s degrees and higher education cooperation projects are being supported at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and Ain Shams University Cairo (Egypt). The cooperation projects focus on the environment, climate protection, resource management, and ecosystem research.

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In-Country/In-Region Programme in Developing Countries

DAAD

The In-Country/In-Region programme supports the training of future professionals and managerial staff in developing countries, in particular university teachers. Support is available for postgraduate programmes and for doctorates.

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Dialogue promoting study programmes

DAAD

In the Middle East there is a great shortage of highly qualified academics and managerial staff able to transcend religious and political boundaries and work together. Two master’s degrees that promote dialogue intend to change that.

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Re-Invitations for Former Postgraduate Course Scholarship Holders

The DAAD can invite former foreign scholarship holders of the Development-Related Postgraduate Courses to a study visit in Germany for up to three months.

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