There are great study, research and funding opportunities available for South Africans and Africans in Germany. Germany is situated in the heart of Europe and the researcher or scientist at a German university is surrounded by an international research landscape. The DAAD highly recommends doing a degree programme or research stay in Germany and bringing this knowledge and international research experience back home. The DAAD, in short, encourages change by exchange!


Short-Term Grants and Scholarships


University Winter Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates

With these grants students and graduate students may complete German language and cultural studies courses in Germany during January/February of each year.

Target Group: Bachelor students who have completed at least two academic years at the start of the application period, Master students

Requirements: A2 German proficiency (a certificate must be uploaded together with the application as proof of German language proficiency)

Duration: 6 weeks

Value of the grant: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a once-off scholarship payment of 1 875 EUR.

The application deadline is usually 15 August each year

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Master Grants and Scholarships


Helmut-Schmidt-Programme (Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance)

In the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme, the DAAD awards funding for preselected Master courses in the law, economics, development and public management fields at certain public German Higher Education Institutions.

Target Group: Graduates with a first degree in the above mentioned fields that is not older than 6 years at the time of application

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 850 EUR paid directly to the scholarship holder

Application: The applicant must submit the DAAD application form (found under Application Procedure in the link below) and all necessary supporting documents in hard copy directly to the institution that offers the Master course of his or her or their choice. The DAAD application form lets the institution know that the applicant is simultaneously applying for the Master course and DAAD funding. For more information on the Master course, its structure and other requirements, it is best to write directly to the institution, details of which can be found in the current call for applications.

Application takes place between June and July of each year with study commencing the following year

The application deadline is usually 31 July each year

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Current call for applications

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

In the EPOS (Development-related Postgraduate Courses) programme, the DAAD awards funding for preselected Master courses in development-related fields at certain German Higher Education Institutions.

Target group: Graduates with a first degree that is not older than 6 years at the time of application and two years’ post-degree work experience, preferably in the field of the planned Master course

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 850 EUR paid directly to the scholarship holder

Application: The applicant must submit the DAAD application form (found under Application Procedure in the link below) and all necessary supporting documents in hard copy one year in advance directly to the institution that offers the Master course of his, her or their choice. The DAAD application form lets the institution know that the applicant is simultaneously applying for the Master course and DAAD funding. For more information on the Master course, its structure and other requirements, it is best to write directly to the institution, details of which can be found in the brochure.

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Brochure with descriptions of the preselected Master courses in the EPOS programme

List of the preselected Master courses with their application deadlines in the EPOS programme

Scholarships for Artists and Architects

The DAAD awards funding for Master courses and shorter, complementary postgraduate courses (i. e. diplomas etc.) in the Architecture and Arts fields in Germany.

Target Group: Graduates with a first degree in Architecture and the Arts that is not older than 6 years

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 850 EUR paid directly to the scholarship holder

Application: The applicant applies for DAAD funding separately. The applicant may apply to any Master course in the Arts or Architecture fields at a public institution in Germany of their choice. An acceptance letter for this Master course is not necessary at the time of application for DAAD funding. The applicant may be accepted for DAAD funding provisionally until an acceptance letter is available.

More information on scholarships for Architects

Application deadline: 30 September each year

More information on scholarships for Musicians

Application deadline: 15 October

More information on scholarships for the Performing Arts

Application deadline: 31 October

More information on scholarships for the Fine Arts, Design, Visual Communication and Film

Application deadline: 30 November


Doctoral Grants and Scholarships


Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists

With these research grants, doctoral candidates may conduct short-term or long-term doctoral research, or complete a full PhD in any field of study in Germany with DAAD funding.

Target Group: Doctoral candidates who hold a Master degree that is not older than 6 years

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 1200 EUR paid directly to the grant holder

Application: Application for DAAD is online through the DAAD portal. The onus falls on the applicant to identify a supervisor in Germany who will support their research, or alternatively, to get accepted into a structured PhD programme at a public institution in Germany.

More information on funding for a full PhD in Germany (3 - 4 years)

Application deadline: 31 October

More information on Short-Term Research Grants (1 - 6 months)

Application Deadlines: 1 April and 31 Ocotber

More information on One-Year Research Grants (7 - 10 months)

Application Deadline: 31 October

Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

With this research grant, doctoral candidates can be awarded DAAD funding for research phases in any field of study at any state or state-recognised German Higher Education Institution of their choice. The grant holder is enrolled as a PhD candidate in their home country and obtains the final PhD degree in the home country, with a large part of the research having been conducted in Germany during the research phases. The grant holder will thus have two supervisors, one in Germany and one in the home country.

Target Group: Doctoral candidates who hold a Master degree that is not older than 6 years

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 1200 EUR paid directly to the grant holder

Application: Application for DAAD is online through the DAAD portal. The onus falls on the applicant to identify a supervisor in Germany who will support their research.

The application deadline is usually 31 October each year.

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Postdoctoral Grants and Scholarships


Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

With the Research Stay, the grant holder can conduct postdoctoral research with DAAD funding in any field of study at any state or state-recognised German Higher Education Institution of their choice.

Target Group: University teachers and established academics and scientists who hold a PhD degree that is not older than 6 years

Duration: 1 - 3 months

Value of the scholarship: Travel allowance, health insurance for the entire stay in Germany, and a monthly stipend of 2000 - 2150 EUR paid directly to the grant holder

Application: Application for DAAD is online through the DAAD portal. The onus falls on the applicant to identify a host in Germany who will support their research.

Application deadlines: 1 April and 31 October

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