DAAD Programmes for Development Cooperation

DAAD Programmes for Development Cooperation

The DAAD contributes to development cooperation in numerous ways and with a broad range of scholarships, partnership programs and advising services. Developing countries gain increasingly importance in order to solve questions concerning the global future. Therefore, the relevance of higher education have become increasingly important in these countries

DAAD programmes for developing countries: „Enhancing for Sustainable Development“ (Pdf) 

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Individual scholarships to qualify specialists and executives

Students, teachers and researchers can initiate long-lasting political, economic and social processes of change and contribute to innovative solutions for local and global problems. To train these ‘change agents’ the DAAD developed its exchange programs jointly with its partners in to suit the frameworks of developing countries. 

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

The EPOS program offers individual scholarships to participants from developing countries so that they may study development-related postgraduate courses at selected universities in Germany. Professionals and managerial staff from developing countries and emerging economies gain further qualifications on postgraduate courses to become future decision-makers and partners for Germany. This is the case for degree courses in all areas of expertise important for development and for solving global problems

The master’s and PhD courses which are currently funded by the DAAD can be found in the brochure.


Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Public Policy and Good Governance)

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.

Under the programme, scholarships are awarded for master’s degrees at German higher education institutions. In addition, support is available for study periods abroad, work placements, and participation in networking events. Funds are also made available to the higher education institutions for intensive measures to support the scholarship holders.

The following higher education institutions and degree courses are participating in the programme:

The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1 st to July 31st 2018. 

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Strengthening universities and higher education systems in developing countries

The DAAD helps strengthen universities and higher education systems in developing countries by funding cooperation projects and partnerships. The DAAD's portfolio ranges from supporting the development of up-to-date practice-oriented study programmes to fostering the establishment of globally linked academic centres of excellence for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Co-operation activities are planned and implemented jointly by universities in Germany and developing countries. They arise from shared interests and visions and build on existing competences.


Higher Education Management (DIES)

The Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme is jointly developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Rector’s Conference (HRK). It offers two programme components – training courses and dialogue events – that foster the competencies of academic staff and contribute to the enhancement of institutional management at universities in developing countries. In addition, the measures facilitate the exchange on matters of higher education management between participants from Germany and the respective partner countries. In the context of DIES projects, the DAAD and the HRK cooperate with foreign partner organisations on current reform topics.

DIES-Partnerships with universities in developing countries

The program’s goal is the improvement of university management and resources to strengthen the internationalization and the boosting of international competitiveness.

What can be funded?

The program funds cooperations between universities in Germany and emerging and developing countries.

Application deadline: 29.06.2018

Funding period2019 - 2022

For more information please consult the fact sheet and attachements on: 

Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries

The program strives to improve and enhance the teaching in the partner countries as well as the setup of structures and capacity building at the partner university.

What can be funded?

University cooperation concerning the development of curricula and modules, the establishment of international study programs as well as the mutual recognition of university diplomas.


Eligible to apply are developing countries listed on the DAC-list of the OECD (DAC-list of the OECD)

Funding period: 2018 - 2021

For more information please consult the fact sheet and attachements on:

Pan African University, Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (Climate Change)

The DAAD supports the development of the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change) (PAUWES) at the Abou Bekr Belkaïd University in Tlemcen, Algeria.

The importance of support for higher education and science on the African continent has steadily increased in international cooperation in recent years. Still there is often a lack of highly qualified scientists and young researchers as well as capacities for quality-oriented university management. Training at many African universities is often not sufficiently application-oriented and does not always comply with international standards.

In this context, the African Union Commission (AUC) launched the Pan African University (PAU) in 2008. The aim is to develop university education, science, and technology at a high level on the African continent. The focus is on applied research and the training of postgraduate and PhD students.

PAU Institutes are being established at existing universities throughout Africa. Each location focuses on a specific theme. The key PAUWES themes at Abou Bekr Belkaïd University in Tlemcen, Algeria, are as follows:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Climate change

An overview of PAU Institutes and LTPs:

  • Algeria, PAUWES: Water and Energy Sciences (incl. Climate Change), Abou Bekr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen; LTP: Germany
  • Kenia, PAUISTI: Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; LTP: Japan
  • Nigeria, PAULESI: Life and Earth Sciences, including Health and Agriculture, University of Ibadan; LTP: Indien
  • Cameroon, PAUGHSS: Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Yaoundé II; LTP: Schweden
  • South Africa, PAUSS: Space Sciences (location and LTP yet to be named)

In November 2014, PAUWES was launched with two master's degree courses in the fields of water and energy. Within these programmes, students were able to choose between specialising in a technical field or in policy. The international teaching staff were successfully recruited with the support of the DAAD. The two courses are now very well established: a total of 74 students from 17 African countries enrolled in the first two intakes, 31 per cent of the students are female.

Under the university cooperation supported by the DAAD, joint international specialist events have been held in the fields of water and energy, and a joint e-learning platform has been set up. Additionally, student exchange takes place in the form of summer schools.

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