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 general aim of the programme is to train young academics and scientists through funding of PhD degree studies in Germany.

Who can apply?

Excellently qualified academic staff of higher learning institutions and of public Kenyan research insitutions.

What can be funded?

PhD studies:

  • individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic advisor
OR
  • participation in a structured doctoral study programme

Duration of the funding

Generally, up to 42 months (3,5 years)

Value

  • 6 months preparatory German language course (fulltime) including accommodation and pocket money
  • co-financed monthly scholarship instalment
  • Reimbursement of travel costs through an adequate travel lump sum that is disbursed after arrival in Germany, during the funding period respectively
  • study and research allowance
  • accident, health and personal liability insurance cover
  • further individual allowances upon application

Selection

Selection is done by a bi-national committee trough personal interviews of the candidates Nairobi, Kenya. Selection criteria are, amongst others, general academic performance as well as a convincing and detailed proposal, discussed and agreed with the German supervisor, a convincing motivation for the chosen degree course respectively.

Date of the selection meeting: 03 to 05 December 2018

What requirements must be met?

The last qualifying degree should have been obtained not more than six years ago. Candidates should have passed their Bachelor studies with at least “second class upper division”, their Master’s studies with at least B+ (or equivalent).

Language skills

English

Application documents

1.To be submitted to the DAAD Portal:

  • Curriculum Vitae (use the Europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • List of publications, if any
  • Ph.D. proposal (10 – 15 pages; 1,5 spacing; 2,5cm space left, 2cm right)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of the proposal)
  • Detailed work plan for 3 years including time schedule covering the whole period of the scholarship
  • Confirmation from a German Professor stating that he/she will supervise the applicant for his/ her Ph.D. thesis (in English)
  • OR Admission/Eligibility letter from structured PhD Programme
  • Certificates
  • Master’s certificate
  • Transcripts for each Year
  • Bachelor’s certificate
  • Transcripts for each Year
  • A/O-level certificate
  • Confirmation of funding for research during field studies

2. To be sent to the DAAD office in Nairobi:
  • 2 original references of academic referees (in English; on recommendation forms, available on the online portal)
  • The document “Application summary”

Application deadline

31 October each year

Application location

DAAD Regional Office for Africa

Postal Address:
P.O Box 14050-00800
Nairobi, Kenya

Physical Address:
Upper Hill Close, 3rd floor, Madison Insurance House,
Upper Hill, Community Area,
Nairobi, Kenya

Please note

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see Item 1) and by post (see Item 2). The postmark date serves as proof that the application has been dispatched on time.
  • 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 applications.

Information and advisory centres

DAAD Regional Office for Africa

Postal Address:
P.O Box 14050-00800
Nairobi, Kenya

Physical Address:
Upper Hill Close, 3rd floor, Madison Insurance House,
Upper Hill, Community Area,
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 27 29 741; 771 444 111, 733 929 929, 780 001 363
Email: info@daadafrica.org
Website: http://nairobi.daad.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DAADNairobi

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. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.


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!
Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)".

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 (CET).
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

Basic-Requirements

Status: Doctoral candidates
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 »