In-Country Scholarship Programme “Prospects for Peace through Education in Iraq”


(The Kurdish and Arabic website translations were last updated in August 2022)


By providing scholarships, GIZ and DAAD support high school graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The programme will help the scholars to finish their studies successfully, to qualify them for the job market, and offer opportunities for students to meet and connect, e.g. by organizing sports activities.

The In-Country Scholarship Programme “Prospects for Peace through Education in Iraq” is commissioned and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ in partnership with the DAAD. 

Programme objective

The goal of the programme is to encourage and support young people to pursue Bachelor degree programmes at selected public and private universities. The target group for scholarships are highly qualified high school graduates who are facing socioeconomic barriers in their access to higher education, especially applicants from ethnic and/or religious minority groups, refugees, returnees and IDPs. 50% of the scholarships will be awarded to women.
To this end, scholarships are granted for 4-year Bachelor studies in the fields of agriculture / food processing, environmental sciences, information and communication technology, business administration as well as sciences in the medical field at the four participating universities. 

Accompanying measures

In addition to receiving the monthly stipend, scholarship holders of the programme will participate in accompanying measures designed to help them succeed in their studies. Further accompanying measures will be offered in the overarching theme of the programme, i.e. courses helping scholarship holders with skills to support their entry to the job market as well as other activities regarding community-building and peaceful co-existence (e.g. discussion and sports activities).

Funded degree programmes and partner institutions involved

In the second cohort, 40 scholarships will be awarded at selected host universities in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.

The following universities participate in the scholarship programme as partner institutions:


University of Sulaimani
College of Nursing Community Health Nursing
College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences Food Science and Quality Control
College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences Agribusiness and Rural Development
College of Administration & Economics Business Management
College of Commerce Computer Science


Catholic University in Erbil
College of Information Technology and Computer Sciences  Information Technology
College of Information Technology and Computer Sciences  Computer Science
Salahaddin University
College of Science Environmental Sciences
College of Science Information technology (computer science)
College of Agriculture Food Technology
College of Administration and Economics Business Administration
University of Dohuk
College of Agriculture Engineering Sciences Agriculture Extension & Rural Development
College of Science Computer Science
College of Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Sciences
College of Administration and Economics Business Administration


Scholarship Application

The application deadline for the 2. cohort has ended on September 26, 2022.

Below, the individual calls for applications (PDF-documents) for each of the participating universities for the current call for applications are linked. The PDF documents contain the required information regarding the application process.







  • DAAD headquarters:

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    ST35 – Joint Scholarship Programmes Middle East, North Africa
    Ms. Anke Maria Meyer
    Email:  (Please send your E-Mails in English or German)
    Tel.: +49 (0) 228 882-8982
    Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn, Germany


    DAAD IP in Erbil / KRI:

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Point in Erbil
    Programme Officer | In-Country Scholarship Programme “Prospects for Peace through Education in Iraq”
    Louay Haji
    Tel: +964 (0) 750 745 1862
    ETTC, Newroz Street, Erbil, Kurdistan Region - Iraq


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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service