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).

Calls out now!

Calls are out now for Master and PhD In-Country/In-Region scholarships in East and West Africa!

Deadline for applications in East Africa: 15 December 2020

Deadline for applications in West Africa: 10 February 2021

Check out our Scholarship Database for calls for applications with more details on requirements, scholarship benefits and application procedure:

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

Need more information? We will be carrying out a series of online info sessions on these open calls on 29 October, 3 November and 5 November 2020 each day from 13h00 - 14h00 SAST. Register for the sessions today:

Online Info Sessions: DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarships

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
  • Scholarship holders are eligible to apply for one of six interdisciplinary summer schools offered in Germany during their funding period:
      • Heidelberg University – Enhancing Academic Qualifications in Teaching and Research in Public Health
      • HAW Hamburg – Education And Research oriented Training in Health Sciences
      • TH Cologne – Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus
      • University of Frankfurt – Environmental and Remote Sensing Data Analysis via Geospatial Technologies in Research and Teaching
      • ABI Freiburg – Contested Governance
      • University of Leipzig – Project Development for Knowledge Transfer

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

PDFs available for download with information for current In-Country/In-Region Scholarship holders in light of the global Corona Virus pandemic

There is information for scholarship holders currently at their host institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, information for scholarships holders who are currently in Germany on a short-term research visit, and information for scholarships who have been approved and are planning to do research in Germany later this year. Please do read the documents carefully, should it apply to you.

Download the information documents for In-Country/In-Region Scholarship holders here