Below you will find a summary of the most important DAAD scholarships and funding opportunities for South African and African students, researchers and academics from Bachelor to Post-Doc level. For more information on the application procedure, requirements and deadlines of the funding opportunities, please follow the links to the official DAAD database.

In Germany

Scholarship

Qualification Level

Target Group

Description

University Winter Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates Short-Term Course African students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in any field of study with a knowledge of German. Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.  Intensive German language and cultural studies course at a German Institution of Higher Learning.

List of available courses

Duration: A month and a half

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance - PPGG)  Master African graduates in the social sciences, political sciences, law and economics fields. Scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses in the public policy, governance, law and economics fields at selected German Institutions of Higher Learning.

List of available courses

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)  Master African graduates with at least two years' post-degree professional experience in their field. Scholarships are awarded for selected Master courses in development-related fields at selected German Institutions of Higher Learning.

List of available courses

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Scholarships for Artists and Architects

Architecture

Music

Performing Arts

Fine Arts / Visual / Film

 Master African graduates in the Architecture, Music, Performing Arts as well as Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film fields. A first university degree in these fields is required. Funding is awarded for a postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification (Master degree), or further training that does not lead to a final qualification.

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics

Short-Term

Long-Term

Full PhD

 PhD African graduates who hold a Master's degree in any field of study. Funding is awarded for doctoral research in Germany.

Funding is available for:

  • Short-Term research (1 - 3 months),
  • Long-Term research (7 - 10 months) or for a
  • full PhD in Germany (3 - 4 years).
Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees  PhD African graduates who hold a Master's degree in any field of study. A flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral degree in their home country but subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctorate is completed in the home country under the supervision of the German academic adviser.

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists  Postdoctoral University teachers and established academics in South Africa and Africa who have usually completed a doctoral degree and are currently working at a university or research institute in their home country. Funding is awarded for a research project at a German Institution of Higher Learning or Research Institution.

Duration: 1 - 3 months

In South Africa

Scholarship

Qualification Level

Target Group

Description

DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Master and/or PhD South African citizens or Permanent South African Residency Holders who have obtained an Honours degree (for a Masters degree) or a Masters degree (for a PhD degree) in any field of study. Funding is awarded for a Master or Doctoral programme in any field of study at any South African university.

Duration of Master: 2 years

Duration of PhD: 3 years

In-Region Programmes Master and/or PhD Graduates from African countries (non-South Africans) who hold a Bachelor/Honours degree (for a Master degree) or a Master degree (for a PhD degree) in certain fields of study. Funding is awarded for Master or Doctoral programmes in selected fields of study at selected African Centres of Excellence or Scientific Networks in South Africa.

 

In Africa

Scholarship

Qualification Level

Target Group

Description

In-Region Programmes Master and/or PhD Graduates from African countries and South Africa who hold a Bachelor/Honours degree (for a Master degree) or a Master degree (for a PhD degree) in certain fields of study. Funding is awarded for Master or Doctoral programmes in selected fields of study at selected African Centers of Excellence or Scientific Networks in certain African countries.