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Deadline: 9 April 2024

The DAAD programme 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 (phd) for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and / or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:

  • Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities

To achieve these long-term impacts, the following outcomes have been formulated as programme objectives:

  • Programme objective 1: Graduates have qualified to take over responsible positions in their, or for their, region of origin

  • Programme objective 2: The participation of women and underprivileged groups is reinforced

  • Programme objective 3: Organisational, financial and personal capacities of partner institutions are strengthened

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.


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

  • Travel allowance

  • Health insurance

Eligible Programs

Please find below the list of degree programmes funded within this scholarship programme in the region Southern Africa, including the links to the respective calls for applications.Deadline is the 9th of April, 2024.

  1. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Subject field: Master: Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

  2. Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Subject field: PhD: Computer Science

  3. Stellenbosch University (SUN), Subject fields: Master: Molecular Biology and Human Genetics (MBHG)

  4. University of Cape Town (UCT), Subject fields: Master: Urban Studies - Southern Urbanism

  5. University of the Western Cape (UWC), Subject fields: Master: Development Studies at ISD, PhD: Development Studies at ISD

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