Open calls for DAAD funding

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These are open calls for applications supported by the DAAD.

If you are GERMANY ALUMNI from the Global South* or funded within the framework of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme, the Centres of African Excellence or the SDG Graduate Schools *(OECD DAC list)

with a background in academic fields relevant to the topics

renewable energies, agriculture, agricultural engineering and forestry, nature and environmental protection, solar technology and engineering geotechnics, water management, digitalization / smart solutions related to agriculture and energy, smart and precision farming, drones and sensors in agriculture, subarea specific management, infrastructure and spatial planning, environmental politics and economics, political activities related to renewable / solar energy in the field of agriculture / agricultural value chains


for your participation in the

DAAD SDG ALUMNI PROJECT: Knowledge and Practice for Development

in the framework of

The Smarter E Europe in Munich, Germany

Europe’s largest alliance of exhibitions for the energy industry


PHASE 1 of the SDG Alumni Project:

PARTICIPATION in the trade fair The Smarter E Europe 2024 and International Campus Days of University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf – from 18 – 23 June in Munich / Freising / Ansbach, organized by the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service


PHASE 2 of the SDG Alumni Project:

TRAINING SEMINAR – from 24 – 29 June 2024, organized and realized by four German universities, each of which has its own seminar topics and focus

taking place in Kassel/Witzenhausen, Leipzig, Siegen and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf

with 20 alumni per seminar


The four CALLS FOR APPLICATION are out now!

They are available on our website


SDG Alumni Projects


Application deadline:

30 November 2023 for each of the seminars of

University of Kassel, University of Leipzig, University of Siegen,  Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

Please address your application directly to the contact persons named in the calls for application.


As part of the “In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” DAAD offers scholarships for Masters and PhD studies to students in Sub-Saharan Africa region to study either in their home countries or another African country. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel. The individual scholarships for Masters and PhD studies are offered at selected host institutions the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Please visit to see all the calls for the region.

The deadline for application is 27 November 2023


This programme aims to deepen knowledge of the German language (general language, technical language) and regional studies.

Who can apply?

  • Students in undergraduate (e.g. bachelor’s) and master’s degree programs in all disciplines are eligible to apply.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least two academic years by the time the scholarship period begins.

What can be funded?

  • The programme funds attendance of language, regional studies and technical language courses offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.
  • Course providers and courses offered can be found on the DAAD website at:
  • The courses are taught exclusively in German.

Duration of the funding

  • The courses have a duration of at least 18 teaching days (max. 5 days/week, excluding arrival and departure days) with at least 25 teaching hours per week each.
  • The grants are not extendable.
  • The courses usually take place between the months of June and September.


  • One-time scholarship payment of 1,134 euros; scholarship holders from the “Least Developed Countries” receive a scholarship in the amount of1,309 euros.
  • Payment of a country-specific travel allowance (exception: Western Europe), see: travel allowance.
  • Health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits.

Please note:
The above-mentioned scholarship benefits (including the travel allowance) are not transferred abroad.
The course fees and accommodation costs are usually directly deducted from the scholarship benefits by the language course provider, so that the scholarship holder may “only” receive the difference to the full amount from the course provider.


  • A selection committee will review all applications
  • Key selection criteria are:
    – Previous academic achievements
    – Convincing letter of motivation for choice of study programme and future academic project

Further information

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the University Summer Courses programme can be found here: FAQs (in German)
More detail; including application details can be found here
The deadline for application is 1 December 2023

The Research Chair Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Abebe Geletu W. Selassie at AIMS Rwanda in collaboration with the Chair of the Process Optimization Group Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Pu Li at TU Ilmenau is offering a Postdoctoral fellowship at AIMS Rwanda research center in Kigali. This fellowship is made available and funded by the DAAD to promote international academics exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

Scientific interests:

Optimization, predictive control, and computational intelligence methods for efficient use of regenerative energy resources and sustainable and equitable distribution and management of water resources:

  • Mathematical analysis and computational approaches to chance constrained optimization, centralized and distributed model predictive control, and development as well as implementation of data-driven and machine learning algorithms to be applied in water distribution systems for water quality management and control.
  • Development of efficient approaches to online estimation of model parameters of battery systems in microgrids aiming at optimal and reliable energy supply with intermittent renewable generation.


  • D. degree with an outstanding performance in applied mathematics, power engineering, water systems engineering (not more than 6 years from the starting date of the appointment)
  • Specialization in mathematical optimization and/or optimal control theory and numerical methods
  • Experience in implementing and deploying large-scale optimization algorithms
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++ or other optimization tools
  • Ability to actively work in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Academic excellence and track records in conducting research and projects with at least 2 years of teaching and research experience
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Preferably a national of an African country

Female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.

More info


RISE worldwide is starting the next round: For summer 2024  we are again asking for internship offers giving German undergraduate students the possibility to intern worldwide.

Research groups, laboratories and doctoral students from all over the world can apply to host a motivated and well-qualified student from Germany as a research intern to assist with a proposed project. Students participating in this program come from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, computer science, medicine, or a closely related field, and receive a DAAD scholarship to help cover living expenses and travel costs.

Internship projects can be submitted online at
from August 15, 2023 to September, 2023.

Between October 15, 2023 and November 30, 2023 the database opens for the German students and each student may apply for up to three internship projects. The prospective hosts are then asked to provide DAAD with their quality assessment of the applications for their projects.

Here is more information:
RISE Worldwide Flyer2024

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