The DAAD awards funding to Sub-Saharan African students for full-time Master or PhD degrees in their home country or in another Sub-Saharan African country as part of its In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme. The programme promotes the mobility of researchers between Sub-Saharan African countries and capacity building at Sub-Saharan African universities.

Master and PhD scholarships in this programme are awarded for preselected degree programmes in development-related and SDG-oriented fields at preselected Sub-Saharan African institutions. Scholarships are awarded to Sub-Saharan African students for study and research in their home country (In-Country) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region).

For an overview of the degree programmes and calls for application in the programme, check out the DAAD’s Scholarship Database:

In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme Sub-Saharan Africa

DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship holders are eligible for exciting funding opportunities in addition to the scholarship they have received for their full-time Master or PhD degree in Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Scholarship holders are eligible to apply for a short-term research visit to Germany

South African citizens who would like to do their Master or PhD in South Africa can apply for the DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship.

DAAD Southern Africa - become a host institution!

The DAAD In-Country/In-Region Programme in Developing Countries is accepting applications from Institutions in southern Africa to join the programme as a host institution.

What is the Programme About?

The In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub Saharan-Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub Saharan-Africa. Scholarships are awarded only for selected (post)graduate programmes at host institutions that are affiliated with the programme.

What kind of Programmes are selected?

  • Programs that have an excellent academic quality
  • have a strong linkage to national/regional development plans
  •  have a strong linkage to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • have good application and graduation rates
  • have an accreditation (preferably on program level)
  • have graduated at least the first student intake successfully
  •  have a good supervision ratio (especially for PhD students)
  • have a convincing composition of academic staff
  • have a convincing support and marketing concept – especially for
    regional students and underprivileged groups.
  • have experience with international or regional collaborations

What are the benefits?

Scholarship holders: individual scholarship payments, summer schools and research stays in Germany, and skill trainings.
Host institutions: payment of the scholarship holders’ tuition fees, seminars for coordinators (on marketing or monitoring), online-course for PhD supervisors, networking events etc.

Deadline for Institution Applications 1 June 2022!

DAAD In-Region Southern Africa Institutions Call

DAAD In-Country Institutions Call FAQ

Info Session 4 may 2022! Register here: In-Country/In-Region Instutions Info Session

Information for current host institutions

If you have general questions about the procedure of the In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme, please refer to the “Affiliate Agreement” sent to you or contact your DAAD contact person.