Here we answer short frequently asked questions about study and research in Germany and DAAD funding opportunities. Have a look...

What are my options for a Masters in Germany with DAAD funding?

We have three main options available to African students for a Masters in Germany with DAAD funding. Two of them are in the development and public management fields and the the third provides funding for artists and architects. All of these Master courses with DAAD funding are offered in English.

The first option is called Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS). In the EPOS programme, funding is awarded for preselected Master courses at preselected German Institutions of Higher learning. One must have two years' post-degree work experience in order to be eligible for this funding. There are 44 Master courses in this progamme in the following fields:

  • Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Engineering and Related Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Agricultural and Forest Sciences
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Social Sciences
  • Media Studies

Here you can regard all of the courses in the programme. Application deadlines for the courses are generally from August - November each year.

The second option is called the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance - PPGG). In this programme, the DAAD funds 8 preselected Master courses in the public policy, public management, law and economics fields at certain preselected German Institutions of Higher Learning. You do not need any previous work experience to qualify for this funding. Here is the Current Announcement for applications for 2019. Applications are open from 1 June - 31 July 2018.

The last option is funding for Master courses in Architecture, Music, Performing Arts, and Fine Arts, Visual Arts and Film. You need a first university degree in these fields in order to qualify for the funding. The application deadline for the funding is 30 November.

If none of these options appeal to you, you may search for more Master courses offered in English in Germany here. The DAAD, however, cannot fund any course that does not fall under the above mentioned categories.

How do I identify a supervisor for my research in Germany?

A student or PhD candidate often must identify a supervisor in Germany on his or her own. It is best to discuss the matter with your supervisor here in South Africa or Africa first. He or she might be in touch with a colleague in Germany who might be able to support your research. You may also get into contact with your university’s International Office and find out whether there are co-operations between your university and German universities. Your International Office should then be able to provide you with contact information of relevant persons at the German university. The following website is enormously helpful: DFG GEPRIS. Here you can check out who is doing research in your field at German universities. You can find out more about individual doctoral studies and how to find a supervisor in Germany here as well: Individual Doctorate. If you are still unsure, make an appointment for a consultation with DAAD South Africa: daad@wits.ac.za. We would be happy to assist you!