Objective

In the framework of the programme SPACES II of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), researchers from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia conduct scientific collaboration projects to investigate climate processes, the global climate change, and their consequences in the region of Southern Africa. Sustainability is one focus of this research.
Sustainable research requires early support for young experts in research and education at universities and research institutes, including industry-related ones, in Germany and the participating African countries Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. Good networking, close coordination and long-term cooperation between the scientists of these nations are of equal importance.

The accompanying DAAD scholarship programme “Capacity Building/Development” (CaBuDe) aims at developing the required capacities. The programme will enable scholarship holders from Southern Africa to research, to network and to be (further) educated in Germany, in order to become experts for the sustainable scientific-technical cooperation between their home countries and Germany. The same applies to the short-term research scholarship holders from Germany under this programme.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to excellently qualified graduates and doctoral candidates from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia who are doing research within one of the following terrestrial SPACES II research projects: ASAP, EMSAfrica, ORYCS, SALDi & SALLnet under the overall theme of Earth System Management in the following specific fields:
  1. Environmental Sciences
  2. Coastal and Marine Research Sciences
  3. Geology
and graduated no longer than 6 years ago.

What can be funded?

PhD studies at the home university with integrated research phases in Germany will be supported. Doctoral studies are supervised by both a university teacher at the home university in Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (“sandwich model”). Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral studies in their home country and subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctoral degree is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic supervisor.

The doctoral project can only be conducted in strong cooperation with one of the relevant terrestrial SPACES II research projects.

Duration of the funding

6 to 26 months: 6 to 24 months PhD research, optional 2-month German language course in Germany prior to the research stay if needed (only for scholarships with a duration of more than 6 months)

The duration of the grant is decided by the selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule.

Schedule
The funding period must be finished in October 2023 at the latest. The individual application deadline stems from the planned duration of funding. The online application must have been submitted via the DAAD online portal at least 4 months before the desired starting date at the German host institution.

E.g.: Applications for a 6 months funding period can be submitted at any time until December 31, 2022. Applications for a 15 months funding period can be submitted at any time before March 31, 2022.

Value

  • Intensive optional 2-month German language course in Germany prior to the start of the research stay if needed (only for scholarships with a duration of more than 6 months)
  • Monthly scholarship of 1,200 Euro during the stay in Germany
  • Flat-rate travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for supervising university teachers, according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law (BRKG), for one trip of up to 10 days
    • by the foreign university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    • by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations
    • the nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:
  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members
  • One-off research allowance

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:
  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO) (www.deutsch-uni.com) for 6 months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • Allowance for a self-chosen accompanying German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the grant period

Selection

Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee consisting of experts in the relevant fields.

The decisive selection criterion is the compatibility of the research proposal with the chosen terrestrial SPACES II project. Other important selection criteria are the relevance and quality of the research proposal and the applicant´s academic achievements.

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