In-Country/ In-Region Scholarship Programmes Eastern Africa

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The In-Country/In-Region scholarship programme in Eastern Africa aims to promote the development of university teaching staff in universities and build capacity for staff in the public sector through postgraduate training in selected postgraduate study programmes at selected Eastern African partner institutions.

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:

(Post)graduate programmes in West and Central Africa for which DAAD scholarships are offered:

Country Institution Degree Programm
Benin University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) Master Master in Statistics, Major Biostatistics
PhD PhD in Agronomic Sciences, Major Biometry
Cameroon University of Dschang PhD PhD in Parasitology
PhD PhD in Pharmacology
Ghana University of Ghana – Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research PhD PhD in Development Studies
Ghana University of Ghana – The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement Master Master in Seed Science and Technology
Ghana University of Ghana – The West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens Master Master in Molecular Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases
Nigeria Federal University of Technology Master Master in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
PhD Doctor in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Nigeria Benue State University Master Master in Food Chemistry
PhD PhD in Food Chemistry

(Post)graduate programmes in Southern Africa for which DAAD scholarships are offered:

Country Institution Degree Programm
Malawi Malawi University of Business and Applied

Sciences (MUBAS)

Master Master programme in Environmental Health

(Post)graduate programmes in Eastern Africa for which DAAD scholarships are offered:

Country Institution Degree Programm
Kenya Moi University – East and South African-German Centre for Education Research Methodologies and Management (CERMESA) Master Master of Education in Research
Kenya Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and


Master Master of Science in Energy Technology
Kenya Pwani University Master Master of Science in Bioinformatics
Kenya Partnership for African Social and Governance

Research (PASGR)

Master Master of Research and Public Policy (MRPP)
Kenya Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and


Master Master of Science in Soil and Water Engineering
PhD PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Soil and Water Engineering
Kenya Moi University PhD PhD in Biostatistics
Kenya Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Master MSc Food Science and Technology
Tanzania Ardhi University Master Master of Geomatics
Tanzania Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology Master Master of Science in Embedded and Mobile Systems
Uganda Busitema University Master Master of Public Health
Uganda Mbarara University of Science and Technology Master Master of Science in Biology (Natural Resources Ecology,

Management and Conservation)

Master Master of Science in Biology (Microbiology and Parasitology) [MAP]

DAAD Scholarship database:

 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.

 Application requirements

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.

 Language Skills

The language of instruction in study programmes is English. The necessary language skills for the desired field of study may need to be proven at the latest by the start of study programme. Suitable proof of necessary language skills can be submitted with the application documents.

Application documents

Please note that all documents must be uploaded in the DAAD portal.

Incomplete applications will be formally rejected and will be excluded from the application process.

The following documents may be scanned and uploaded to the DAAD portal. 
If you submit documents in your national language, you must include English or German translations.

Required documents:

    • Online DAAD application form duly completed (available on the DAAD portal)
    • Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) containing information about the applicant’s academic career to date, former scholarships, current address and current or previous employers. Please use the European specimen form at
    • Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for the choice of degree programme and for wishing to participate in the programme
    • Recommendation letters by university teachers/lecturers not older than one year (review specific requirements on the call for applications of the relevant study programme)
    • Letter of admission from the host institution (this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship begins if not available at the time of application)
    • Proof of necessary language skills for the desired programme
    • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts of records for all study years with all individual grades incl. explanation of grading system or a grading scale.
    • Copy of the applicant’s passport/national identification card.
    • For research programmes: Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor or a commitment letter from the host institution that a supervisor will be assigned
    • For PhD programmes: Detailed and precise PhD proposal (8-10 pages), inclusive of detailed workplan and timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany)
    • For research programmes: Abstract of the proposal on one page (include name and title of proposal)


Other documents you think might be of relevance to your application (e.g., certificates of employment and/or internship, proof of former scholarships, extracurricular engagement)


9th December 2022

Submission of Applications

Applications have to be submitted via the DAAD portal through the application links found in the call for applications for the respective study programmes.

Applications submitted through other channels or to other authorities will not be considered.

The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete as per the directions in the call for applications.

Please note that the “Application portal” tab in the scholarship database only appears while the current application period is running. Once the application deadline is expired, the portal for this programme is not accessible until next year’s application period.

Contact and Advice

Helpful information

If you have any further questions, please contact us via Email or telephone:

DAAD Regional Office for Africa


Madison Insurance House, 3rd floor, Upper Hill Close, Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box 14050 00800 Nairobi (physical visits once a week on Wednesday between 10am and 12pm, virtual visits every Thursday between 10 and 11 am).

Phone number: +254 (733) 929 929  +254 (733) 465 720

The DAAD Regional Office for East Africa regularly offers virtual information and counselling seminars (Web Seminars) during the application period for the programme.
More information at:



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