This programme strongly encourages mobility of Sub-Saharan Africans to study in participating host institutions within the Eastern Africa region. Check the information further below for the links to the programmes funded, the links to the specific call for scholarship applications and the links to the host institutions.
We strongly recommend applicants to apply to institutions outside their home countries.
The call for scholarship applications for this scholarship programme is open from 10 October 2022. Generally, the call for each new intake starts in October and runs until December. Please visit this page during these months to see the call for the next intake year!
Who can apply?
The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships).
Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
What is supported?
Select Master and PhD studies, please see the list below:
Duration of Funding
Generally, funding is provided for the usual duration of a course – up to two years for Master’s and up to three years for the PhD degree programmes
- Monthly allowance
- Study and research allowance
- Printing allowance
- Tuition fees
- Travel allowance (only applicable for In-Region scholarship holders)
- Health insurance (only applicable for In-Region scholarship holders)
For further information, please see the call for applications of the degree programme you wish to apply for.
The selection process differs between the individual degree programmes. Please see the call for applications for further information.
Usually, the application procedure follows a two-pronged process. Applicants submit their scholarship application to DAAD via the DAAD portal and at the same time submit their application for admission to the host institution. After a pre-selection and shortlisting has been conducted by the host institution and DAAD, shortlisted applicants will be forwarded to a selection committee for the final selection. Please note that the admission application procedure may differ between the regions and host institutions. The specific application instructions regarding each host institution are linked below in the respective calls for applications.
Please review the call for applications of the degree programme you wish to apply for to see the specific requirements. Generally, the minimum requirements are:
- Successful completion of a three-year Bachelor degree (Master’s applicants) or a two-year Master degree (PhD applicants) with above average results (at least 2nd class upper division or equivalent);
- Completion of last university degree should not be more than 6 years ago at the time of application
- Clear demonstration of motivation and strong commitment;
- Thorough knowledge of the language of instruction;
- National or permanent resident of a Sub-Saharan African country
- Employed as a staff member of a public university, be a candidate for teaching or research staff recruitment, employed in the public sector, and/or an alumnus/a of the DAFI-programme
Explanatory note: Please note that the scholarship applicant is responsible for ensuring to apply for admission at the partner host university by the due date as indicated in the call for applications for the relevant degree programme. Each host institution might have additional requirements for admission that you will have to adhere to when you apply for the scholarship.
Please be aware that a scholarship from the DAAD is only valid if you have been admitted to the targeted study programme.
**Please note that the deadline for studies starting in 2023 has passed. Please check this page again around October 2023 for the next call.