Development-Related Postgraduate Courses
With its Development-Related Postgraduate Courses
, the DAAD has created an educational programme that has set several milestones on the way towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Highly trained local professionals networked with international partners play an important role in the development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and good health for all.
German universities that offer international postgraduate courses with high relevance to development-related topics can apply for admission to the programme “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses”.
For courses in this programme, the DAAD sponsors selected persons from Developing Countries
with a scholarship award, which enables them to acquire an internationally competitive degree in a Postgraduate Course with heavy emphasis on practical experience.
- In the postgraduate courses (master’s and doctoral courses), professionals from developing and threshold countries earn qualifications that enable them to act as future decision makers and cooperation partners with Germany. This takes place in postgraduate courses in all areas of knowledge relevant to the development of countries that play a significant role in development cooperation and solving global problems. The students from developing countries who participate in the programme are recognised as co-actors in this joint learning process.
- In addition, targeted capacity development, in the sense of promoting the development of human resources and organisations in the partner countries, aims at creating sustainable developmental effects. To achieve this, the postgraduate courses impart the skills and qualifications programme participants require in their endeavours to steadily increase the performance and development capabilities of their work environments. Alumni are to act as change agents, passing on their experience and newly acquired knowledge to others and as multipliers actively working within international networks to solve national and regional, as well as global challenges. The goal is for alumni to initiate and accompany middle and long-term development processes and, as such, make a contribution towards achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
- At the same time, the postgraduate courses at the German universities (and in cross-border courses, the partner universities in developing countries, as well) make a contribution towards their own further internationalisation. In this case, participants from the partner countries are promoting a south-north knowledge transfer, in which their regional-specific know-how is passed on to students, lecturers and researchers at the German universities, thereby strengthening the development-related competencies of these institutions.
Target Group for Scholarships
- with a first academic degree (in general: a four-year university degree) and
- at least two years of relevant work experience in a government ministry, central administrative office, subordinate authority or agency, a chamber of commerce or industry, an enterprise, business or firm, or as manager or employee of an NGO or development cooperation project
- with excellent perspectives for professional reintegration upon return to the home country.
In view of these goals, the primary target group of this funding instrument is “Professionals”!