Funding programmes for students from A to Z

Individual funding

The classic DAAD scholarship marked the start of DAAD commitment to development cooperation. Over the years, however, the traditional programmes have become more varied and better adapted to the requirements of developing countries. In the meantime, the DAAD has created scholarships making continuing development available to young employees with an academic background who work in development-policy subject areas and positions.

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.


Development-Related Postgraduate Courses


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.



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.


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.


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.


In-Country/In-Region Programme in Developing Countries


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.


Trilateral Master's Degrees


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.


University Advisory Programme


In order to meet the growing need for advisory and consultancy services in developing countries, the University Advisory Programme hires German academics and research managers as consultants.