Leadership for Africa FAQs

All answers provided here are given to our best knowledge. However, please understand that this document is not legally binding. DAAD reserves the right to make corrections and amendments due to given reasons at any time.

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Due to Corona:

  • In the light of the current Covid-19 situation we will refrain from having face-to-face interviews and offer digital alternatives. Will keep you posted on the procedure.
  • Please be aware that a recommendation letter is only optional and not compulsory as is stated in the call for application.


  • A copy of the biodata page of your passport or your national identification card is required.
  • In case you already hold a master’s degree, you may also apply for the scholarship programme, however you need to submit sufficient explanation as to why you are interested in a another master degree and how the scholarship would benefit your academic career.

Basic Application Conditions

No, if you meet all the formal requirements you can apply. But please note that your last academic degree must not be older than six (6) years at time of application.

No, unfortunately you cannot apply for this very programme.

Courses of Study – Degrees Offered

In general, “Leadership for Africa” offers scholarships for Master studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study except for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Arts and Architecture. All “Leadership for Africa” scholarship holders benefit from a complementary training programme in good governance, civil society and career development. The mandatory programme must be completed in addition to the regular studies.

No, unfortunately, fine arts and music are excluded due to the very restrictive admission policy. For applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture, the DAAD offers subject-specific scholarship programmes (see separate DAAD scholarship offers in the scholarship database

Unfortunately, the DAAD cannot offer a scholarship for the study of medicine (including dentistry and veterinary medicine). We do regret this very much, but due to the special admission procedure and the length of study and to certain legal aspects involved (in case of specialized training), the field of medicine is excluded. Please do not send any requests for exceptions as they will not be recognized. With a Degree in Medicine, you can apply for Public Health or Biomedical Master related programmes only. A Master programme in Medicine is not eligible for funding.

For the scholarship application, a bachelor’s degree of at least 2nd class upper division level is also required together with the complete university transcripts. To be admitted into a master’s Programme in Germany, you need your bachelor’s certificate and transcripts at the time of university registration in Germany.

Language Requirements

For your DAAD scholarship application, you may submit any official document that can prove your proficiency in the English language. It does not necessarily have to be a TOEFL or IELTS score, it could also be a letter from your university or Ministry stating that the language of instruction of your university studies was English and this is sufficient to complete the DAAD scholarship application only.

For your university applications, please note that universities in Germany may require you to provide an IELTS or TOEFEL certificate even if the language of instruction of your university studies was English. In this case, you have no other option than to provide the required language certificate at the latest upon admission.

Some universities may accept a letter from your university or Ministry stating that you studied in English. To be sure about the university language requirement, please visit the website of the universities you wish to apply to and read about their application requirements.

If you are not comfortable communicating in English or your TOEFL/IELTS scores are not good enough, then chances for obtaining the scholarship are very low. We recommend that you work on your English skills and apply for a DAAD scholarship next year.

No, you do not need to know German in order to apply. You can apply if you consider a degree course in English language. A basic knowledge of German is helpful but not necessary. The scholarship programme itself will offer German Language courses before your first semester at the German university begins. If you chose a study programme in English, you only need to prove your knowledge of the English language.

If the study course you choose is in German and you can hand in proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language (e.g. DSH, TestDaF or any certificate from the Goethe-Institute), you may apply even with a low proficiency in English. Please be aware that the additional mandatory LEAD training programme is taught in English.

Application Requirements

In a letter of motivation, you are required to describe your professional and personal reasons for wishing to study in Germany on at least one and no more than three pages.

A letter of motivation is required when you apply for a study scholarship or a grant for a language or specialist course. This letter gives you the opportunity to let us know more about yoursrelf the reasons why you are applying for DAAD funding. The following information and questions will help you write an informative letter of motivation.

  • Facts about your education, skills and knowledge
    • Studies: study programme, number of semesters if applicable, degree
    • Professional experience, if applicable
    • Specialised knowledge, skills and language skills
    • Prizes and awards (if applicable)
  • Academic motivation
    • Why do you wish to take the study programme or attend the language or specialist course for which you are applying?
    • What appeals to you about your chosen university?
    • What are your expectations of studying in Germany or attending the course (personal, professional, for your career)?
  • Reasons for applying for a scholarship 
    • Why are you applying for a DAAD scholarship?
    • What do you expect of this scholarship?
    • How will the scholarship help you achieve your academic, professional and personal goals?
  • Personal interests

Here you can outline special extracurricular achievements and commitments or personal qualities that say something about your character.

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No, you do not need an admission letter to complete your scholarship application by 30th June 2022. The application process for winter term 2023 is not available at the time of application for the scholarship. Application periods for winter term programmes at German universities usually start in spring (beginning of May to 15th July generally) every year.

However, you need to identify 3 tuition-free Master programmes starting in winter semester 2023 at German universities and provide required information of the 3 programmes in the course profile form which can be found/downloaded in the call for application.

Yes. We only accept applications submitted via the DAAD portal. Please refrain from sending us any documents or entire applications via post, e-mail or dropped at the office in Nairobi.

For any problems with the online application process at DAAD portal, please contact

You must present your last university diploma. If you cannot present any of these certificates, we unfortunately cannot process your application.

No. All application documents must be uploaded on the DAAD portal only. We cannot process your application if it is sent via email, post or dropped at the office in Nairobi.

Scholarship Selections

During pre-selections, DAAD will check your application to make sure all required documents are submitted via the DAAD portal. We will also check if any documents submitted are forgeries – which will exclude you automatically from this scholarship. Only candidates with complete applications will be admitted to the final selections.

Yes, pre-selected candidates will be invited to an online interview with an independent selection committee of university professors.

You will be given a time slot in which you will have to take part in an online interview. Please be on time, otherwise you may be excluded. A committee of German professors will interview you and ask you questions about your CV, your previous academic work and your study plans in Germany. Some questions will be academic questions, making sure that you have the necessary qualifications for studying in Germany. Other questions will be related to your motivation, intercultural qualifications and to your plans for the future. Please note: All interviews will be conducted in English or German!

DAAD aims to have a high number of female applicants and of female scholarship holders, if possible, as high as 50%. Female students are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Academic achievements and academic potential assessed by our selection committee are the most important selection criteria. Additionally, language skills in English or German, intercultural qualifications and motivation will be taken into consideration.

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