Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

Please note:
The usage of the application portal is possible only to a limited extent with mobile devices. Please use your desktop computer. Technical requirements

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The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as a publicly funded, self-governing organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany, promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes.
The purpose of the programme is to promote inter-university co-operation through academic mobility and to enhance the quality of teaching and research at Sub-Saharan African universities.
DAAD is offering approximately 15 fellowships.
Call for Application

Who can apply?

Applications may come from all subject areas with strong relevance to national or regional development.

What can be funded?

The fellowships are tenable at any accredited Sub-Saharan African university.

Duration of the funding

The awards are tenable for a period of one month up to six months and are not renewable.

Value

The fellowship consists of:

  • travel allowance
  • weekly allowance: EUR 300,-- (EUR 1.200,-- per month)
The fellowship is designed as a subsidy to the scholar’s current salary / study leave income. The travel allowance and the honorarium cover all costs arising from and in connection with the travel and stay. This may be, for example, visa fees, costs for health checks or vaccinations, baggage costs or luggage insurance and taxable charges.

Selection

The objective is to improve the quality and quantity of training and research at Sub-Saharan African universities and to promote the mobility of lecturers.

  • The host institution shall provide the local expenses such as lodging, board, local transportation and medical care during the stay.
  • The home institution shall maintain the payment of the salary and benefits for the duration of the fellowship.
  • The implementation of the fellowship should contribute to develop staff exchange between Sub-Saharan African universities.

What requirements must be met?

Applicants have to

  • have completed their PhD degree.
  • be senior staff at a Sub-Saharan African university.
  • be invited by a Sub-Saharan African host university.
  • be nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • be granted leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of teaching at the host institution.

At the end of the fellowhip the fellow has to provide a detailed report on the findings of the teaching and give further information on future co-operation and academic activities.

Application documents

Documents to be submitted:

  • Online application form, duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Curriculum Vitae (please use the europass specimen for at www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu), including list of publications (if applicable).
  • Concept note (generally 3-5 pages) indicating the duties and functions including detailed time and work (teaching) plan, as well as information on the target group for the teaching.
  • Invitation by the host institution
  • PhD certificate
  • Proof of leave of absence by their home institution for the purpose of teaching at the host institution.

Application deadline

Applications can be handed in at any time, but at least four months before the intended visit at the host institution.

Please note

  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Information and advisory centres

For consultation with DAAD, please contact:
Eva Rothenpieler (rothenpieler@daad.de)
or
Carola Jochheim (jochheim@daad.de)

More detailed information

Call for Application

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant. The unopened envelope should be enclosed with the printed "Application summary" generated in the portal (see Item 4). Please note: If the call for proposals requires you to send several copies of your application by post to the application address (see "Application documents" in the section "Application procedure"), you will also need several copies of your reference in several envelopes, which you must then enclose with your printed "Application summary".

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
Submit the printed "Application summary" – if necessary with several copies (see "Application procedure/Application documents") by post. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed "Application summary" – except the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample if applicable!

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-8888 or via e-mail portal@daad.de, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

Programme variations

  • Staff Exchange in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018
  • Staff Exchange in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2019

Basic-Requirements

Status: Postdoctoral researchers
Faculty
Country of Origin:
Only specified

The scholarship for this programme is restricted to certain countries of origin. You can find an explanation for this on the details page of the scholarship programme under the application requirements.

Subject:
Only specified

Restricted to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport
Further application requirements »