In-Country In-Region Scholarship Programmes Western Africa

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The In-Country/In-Region Programme for  Sub-Saharan Africa 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.

As part of the „In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme“ DAAD offers scholarships for PhD and Master studies. 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.

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.

Funding is provided for the usual duration of a course – generally, up to two years for Masters and up to three years for the PhD degree programmes.



  • Monthly allowance
  • Study and research allowance
  • Printing allowance
  • Tuition fees

Only applicable for In-Region scholarship holders:

  • Travel allowance
  • Health insurance

Here is an overview of the current programmes:

**Please note that the call for applications for the programmes below is currently open with a deadline of 23rd November 2023.

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

Country Institution Degree Programme Start of Study (2024)
Benin University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) Master Statistics, Major Biostatistics September
PhD Agronomic Sciences, Major Biometry September
Cameroon University of Dschang PhD Parasitology November
PhD Pharmacology November
Ghana University of Ghana – The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) Master Seed Science and Technology October
University of Ghana – The West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCIBIP) Master Molecular Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases October
University of Ghana – Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) PhD Development Studies October
Nigeria Federal University of Technology Master Metallurgical and Materials Engineering October
PhD Metallurgical and Materials Engineering October
Benue State University Master Food Chemistry October
PhD Food Chemistry October


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

Country Institution Degree Programme Start of Study (2024)
Botswana Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) Master Physics (by Research) August
Malawi Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) Master Environmental Health October


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

Country Institution Degree Programme Start of Study (2024)
Kenya Moi University – East and South African-German Centre for Education Research Methodologies and Management (CERMESA) Master Education in Research September
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) Master Food Science and Technology September
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Master Energy Technology September
Master Soil and Water Engineering September
PhD Soil and Water Engineering September
Moi University PhD Biostatistics September
Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) Master Research and Public Policy (MRPP) September/October
Pwani University Master Bioinformatics September
Tanzania Ardhi University Master Geomatics November
Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology Master Embedded and Mobile Systems September
Uganda Busitema University Master Public Health September
Mbarara University of Science and Technology Master Biology (Natural Resources Ecology, Management and Conservation) August/September
Master Biology (Microbiology and Parasitology[MAP]) August/September


DAAD Scholarship database:

**Please note that the deadline for studies starting in between August and November 2024 is 23rd November 2023.


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