DAAD Scholarship for African Students

The DAAD awards funding to Sub-Saharan African students for full-time Master’s or Ph.D. degrees in their country of origin or another Sub-Saharan African country as a part of its In-Country/In-District Scholarship Program.

The DAAD Scholarship for African Students helps advances the mobility of researchers between Sub-Saharan African nations and capacity building at Sub-Saharan African colleges.

Masters and Ph.D. scholarships in the DAAD Scholarship for African Students are granted for preselected degree programs in development-related and SDG-situated fields at preselected Sub-Saharan African universities.

The Scholarship program is awarded to Sub-Saharan African students for study and research work in their country of origin (In-Country) or another Sub-Saharan African country (In-District).

Scholarship Details

The DAAD Scholarship for African Students is targeted at cultivating strong, internationally situated higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the ability to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are conceded for advancement related Masters or doctoral studies for people who intend to seek after a profession in teaching and/or research at advanced education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By training future scholars and professional leaders, the program adds to the following long term impacts:

  • Qualified experts’ involvement in solving the development related issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Improving the standard of education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Structural strengthening and provincial networking of partner institutions and partner universities.

Scholarship Aims/Target

The DAAD Scholarship for African Students is targeted at graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first Academic degree if applying for a Master’s program, or with a master’s degree if applying for a doctoral program and want to pursue Master’s or Ph.D. courses in their country of origin (so-called In-Country scholarships)) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-District grants).

Female applicants and candidates from underdeveloped regions or groups are particularly urged to take part in the program.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

Duration of funding

Funding is provided for the normal duration of a course of study, generally, up to two years for Masters and up to three years for the Ph.D. degree programs


For the most part:

  •  Monthly stipend
  • Study and research stipend Printing stipend
  • Tuition fees

For In-Region scholarship holders:

  • Travel allowance
  • Health insurance

For additional information, see the call for applications of the degree program you wish to apply for.

DAAD In-Country/In-district Scholarship holders are qualified for exciting funding opportunities in addition to the scholarship they have gotten for their full-time masters or Ph.D. degree in Sub-Saharan Africa:

• Scholarship holders are qualified to apply for a short-term research visit to Germany

• Scholarship holders are qualified to apply for one of six interdisciplinary summer schools offered in Germany during their scholarship period. The schools are listed below:

  • Heidelberg University – Enhancing Academic Qualifications in Teaching and Research in Public Health.
  • HAW Hamburg – Education And Research-oriented Training in Health Sciences.
  • TH Cologne – Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus.
  • University of Frankfurt – Environmental and Remote Sensing Data Analysis via Geospatial Technologies in Research and Teaching.
  • ABI Freiburg – Contested Governance.
  • The University of Leipzig – Project Development for Knowledge Transfer.

South African residents who might want to do their master’s or Ph.D. in South Africa can apply for the DAAD-NRF In-country scholarships.

List of Degree Program

Below is the list of degree programs funded within the DAAD Scholarship for African Students program in West and Central Africa, Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa, including the links to the separate calls for applications.

West and Central Africa


  • University of Abomey – Calavi (UAC) Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Subject field: Mathematics (Master, Ph.D.)
    as well as
    International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (CIPMA), Subject fields: Natural Sciences (Master, Ph.D.)

    Burkina Faso
  • International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Subject field: Engineering (Master, Ph.D.)
  • University for Development Studies (UDS), Department of Public Health, Subject field: Medicine – Public Health (Master Phil, Master Sc).
  • The University of Ghana, Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), Subject field: Humanities / Political Science (Master, Ph.D.)
    as well as
    West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, Subject fields: Master Seed Science and Technology (Master) and Plant breeding (Ph.D.)

  • The University of Ibadan, Subject fields: Fisheries Management and Energy Studies (Master)

Centre d ‘Etudes Régional pour l’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), Subject field: Agricultural Sciences (Master, PhD).

Eastern Africa
  • Addis Ababa University – IPSS, Subject field: Global & Area Studies (Ph.D.)
  • Hawassa University – Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources (WGCF), Subject field: Agro-Forestry (Master)

    • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Subject fields: Information Technology (Ph.D.), Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)

  • Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Subject field: Health Management (taught at Strathmore University) (Ph.D.)
    • Kenyatta University, Subject fields: Biotechnology (Ph.D.), Environmental Planning (Ph.D.), Renewable Energy (Master)
    • Moi University, Subject field: Mathematics (Ph.D.)
    as well as
    East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) – Moi University, Subject fields: Education (Master), Sociology of Education (Ph.D.)
    • Mount Kenya University, Subject fields: Medical-Surgical Nursing (Master), Public Health (Master)
    • Strathmore University, Subject fields: Computer Science/IT (Ph.D.), Mathematics (Master, Ph.D.)


    • Alzaiem Alazhari University, Subject field: Family Medicine (Master)


    • Ardhi University, Subject fields: Built Environment Analysis (Ph.D.), Housing and Settlement Studies (Ph.D.), Urban Planning and Management (Ph.D.)
    • Tanzanian-German Centre for East African Legal Studies (TGCL), University of Dar es Salaam, Subject field: Law (Master)


    • Busitema University, Subject field: Public Health (Master)
    • Makerere University, Subject fields: Environment and Natural Ressource (Master), Plant Breeding (Ph.D.)


    • African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Subject field: Agriculture Economics (Ph.D.)
    • International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Subject field: Insect Science (Ph.D.)

    Southern Africa

    • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Subject field: Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (Ph.D.)
    • University of Malawi, Subject field: Environmental health (Master)

    • University of Namibia (UNAM), Subject fields: Biodiversity Management (Master)

    South Africa (In-Region scholarships only; In-Country scholarships for South Africa are addressed in a separate call for applications -> daad.de/go/de/stipa10000279)
    • Stellenbosch University (SUN), Subject fields: Molecular Biology and Human Genetics (Master, Ph.D.) as well as Mathematics (Master, Ph.D.)
    • the University of Witwatersrand, African Centre for Migration and Displacement (ACMS), Subject field: Migration and Displacement Studies (Master, Ph.D.)

How to apply for the 2021 DAAD Scholarship for African Students (In-Country/In-District).

Interested candidates are required to apply directly to their choice of university and follow the process.


Closing Date: June 15, 2021




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