Objective

In the framework of the programme SPACES II of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), researchers from 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 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?

The following categories of researchers can apply:
  • excellently qualified students, graduates, doctoral candidates and postdocs from South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia who are doing research within one of the following marine SPACES research projects: BANINO, CASISAC, TRACES & TRAFFIC under the overall theme of Earth System Management in the following specific fields:
    1. Environmental Sciences
    2. Coastal and Marine Research Sciences
    3. Geology
  • excellently qualified senior experts with no less than bachelor degree from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia working in one of the marine SPACES II research projects.

What can be funded?

Type C: Short-term research scholarships for bachelor students from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia
  • Bachelor students, to do a specific part of their bachelor studies in Germany and complete their bachelor degree in their home country

Type D: Short-term research scholarships for master students and senior experts from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia
  • Master students to do a specific part of their master studies in Germany and finish the master degree in their home country
  • Senior experts (technical staff at universities or research institutions), with no less than a bachelor degree, to pursue an individual research project or take part in training measures within the SPACES II projects in Germany

Type E: Short-term research scholarships for PhD students and senior experts from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia
  • Doctoral candidates, to do a specific part of their PhD research in Germany and complete their PhD in their home country
  • Senior experts (technical staff at universities or research institutions), with no less than a master degree, to pursue an individual research project or take part in training measures within one of the SPACES II projects in Germany

Type F: Short-term research fellowships for postdocs and senior experts from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia
  • Postdoctoral candidates, to pursue a research project within a SPACES project in Germany
  • Senior experts (technical staff at universities or research institutions), with no less than a master degree, to pursue an individual research project or take part in training measures within one of the SPACES II projects in Germany

All types: The short-term project can only be conducted in strong cooperation with the relevant marine SPACES II project.

Duration of the funding

From 2 weeks to 4 months (non-extendable)

Value

Type C: Short-term research scholarships for bachelor students and
Type D: Short-term research scholarships for master students and senior experts
  • Monthly scholarship of 861 EUR
  • Travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Type E: Short-term research scholarships for PhD students and senior experts
  • Monthly scholarship of 1,200 EUR
  • Travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance

Type F: Short-term research fellowships for postdocs and senior experts
  • Monthly scholarship of 2,000 EUR
  • Payments towards accident and personal liability
  • insurance (no health insurance)
  • Travel allowance only if travel expenses are not covered by the home country or other funding source

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 SPACES II project. Other important selection criteria are the relevance and quality of the research proposal and the applicant´s academic achievements.

What requirements must be met?

Type C: Short-term research scholarships for bachelor students
As a rule, applicants must be registered at a university of one of the programme related countries at the time of application as well as during the funded stay.

Type D: Short-term research scholarships for master students and senior experts
At the time of application, no more than 6 years should have passed since the graduation with a bachelor degree (not applicable for senior experts).
As a rule, applicants must be registered at a university of one of the programme related countries at the time of application as well as during the funded stay (not applicable for senior experts).
Senior experts must be employed at a university or research institute.

Type E: Short-term research scholarships for PhD students (not applicable for senior experts)
At the time of application, no more than 6 years should have passed since the graduation with a master degree. Doctoral candidates should not have started their doctoral degree any longer than three years previously (not applicable for senior experts).
Senior experts must be employed at a university or research institute

All types: Proposals must be relevant to the research areas of the prospective SPACES II cooperation project] in Germany. Please be sure to submit an invitation by a scientist working in the prospective SPACES II project in Germany.

Language skills

Very good English language skills are essential. However, we do not require an official English test. The author of the invitation letter must confirm that the English language skills are sufficient to pursue the research project in Germany.

Application documents

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in noncertified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. The DAAD reserves the right to request certified copies of the documents.

Type C: Short-term research scholarships for bachelor students
Type D: Short-term research scholarships for master students and senior experts
Type E: Short-term research scholarships for PhD students and senior experts
Type F: Short-term research fellowships for postdocs and senior experts


Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:
  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (3 pages max.)
  • List of publications (max. 3 pages), if applicable
  • Summary of the thesis of the latest academic degree (2 pages max.)
  • Detailed description of the research proposal, after due discussion with the academic supervisor at the German host institution (10 pages max.). Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / section B, point 2.
  • Detailed schedule of the planned research work
  • Letter confirming supervision by a scientist working in the desired SPACES project in Germany. The letter must include the confirmation of the applicant´s sufficient English language skills.
  • University degree certificates indicating final grade(s) (bachelor, master or PhD); the certificates must be submitted before the grant-supported research begins if they are not yet available at the time of application.
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grades (transcripts of records), incl. explanation of grading System
  • German or English translations of documents submitted in the other languages
The application documents must be submitted in full to the DAAD Portal.

Application deadline

Applications can be submitted at any time. The online application must have been received by the DAAD online portal 2.5 months before the desired starting date.

Please note

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal on time.
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act and with the EU Data Protection Regulation insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Information and advisory centres

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
German Academic Exchange Service
Section ST43
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn
SPACES-CaBuDe@daad.de

More detailed information

For more detailed information see FAQs

Please note:
To submit an application on the DAAD Portal, please use a desktop or laptop computer as the site’s full functionality is not available on mobile devices. Technical requirements

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.
The reference is confidential and may not be viewed by the applicant!

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)
  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the other application documents to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
References must be sent in the unopened envelope to the application location.

Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods, no merchandise value, no insurable value)".

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-8888 or via e-mail portal@daad.de, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (CET).
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

SPACES II CaBuDe – Scholarships for Foreigners: Short-term scholarships for Bachelor students (type C), 2019

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SPACES II CaBuDe – Scholarships for Foreigners: Master students and Senior Experts (type D), 2019

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SPACES II CaBuDe – Scholarships for Foreigners: PhD students and Senior Experts (type E), 2019

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SPACES II CaBuDe – Scholarships for Foreigners: Postdocs and Senior Scientists (type F), 2019

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