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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can grant a limited number of scholarships (6-8) to cover living expenses (service fee is waived for recipients of such grants) for applicants from developing and newly industrialised countries who wish to enrol in an MSc in International and Development Economics (MIDE) at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin. The ideal scholarship holder works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.

Over the course of 18 months, the Master’s degree in International and Development Economics (MIDE) at HTW Berlin is taught fully in English and prepares students for the responsible and demanding work involved in the context of development. Students gain an in-depth working understanding of the economic and political global context in which developing countries are integrated.

With accreditation as a Master's degree programme by ACQUIN (Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute), the MIDE programme also provides students with the postgraduate credentials needed to pursue PhD opportunities.


  • Living expenses (17 months): 850,00 €/month

  • Study and research subsidy

  • A subsidy for travel expenses (incl. insurance for accident & personal liability) to Germany and back home after the completion of the programme

  • Health insurance

  • Preparatory German Language Course (February/ March).

DAAD Scholarship requirements:

  • have 2 or more years of professional experience since graduation (at the time of application)

  • must not have graduated longer than 6 years ago

  • fulfil the MIDE admission requirements

MIDE Admission Requirements:

  • To be eligible for admission, applicants need to have obtained a first university degree with 180 ECTS (or equivalent). Applicants should have taken at least 15 ECTS in Economics (3 modules in Economics for applicants from abroad).

  • Proof of proficiency in English: Applicants who have obtained their university degree with English being the language of instruction must submit official proof, i.e. confirmation from the university. Exception: Applicants who have obtained their university degree in a country where English is the official language do not have to submit additional proof.

To determine whether a degree qualifies, please contact Scans of all academic transcripts (official list of courses attended and grades obtained), either in English or German, must be attached to the inquiry.

Scholarship Application Requirements:

Attached to the MIDE application form, you must submit an electronic version of

  • a letter of motivation (max. two pages long), dated and personally signed by you

  • transcript of records (including CGPA) and degree certificate (s) (official translations into English or German must be provided)

  • an explanation of the grading system at your previous university (which is usually already part your transcript and/or the Diploma Supplement). Should this not be the case, please provide a short explanation prepared by you that contains information on the highest possible grade as well as the minimum passing grade.

  • copy of Secondary School Certificate that includes the date of graduation from Secondary School

  • Curriculum vitae (résumé) in the EuroPass format, dated and personally signed by you

  • Copy of your passport

  • Proof of your English language proficiency


Should you wish to apply for a DAAD scholarship, please indicate this in your MIDE application form. You must also:

  • complete the DAAD application form and attach it to the MIDE application form. Don't forget to date and personally sign the DAAD application form.

  • submit a statement of motivation (dated and personally signed) explaining why you are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to your current employment. Please further describe your development-related motivation and how you intend to make full use of your scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in your career.

  • submit proof of at least two years of professional work experience and state your current work situation at the time of application. It is required to submit the following proof: Certificate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, be dated and signed as well as carry a stamp. Letters of appointment, work contracts, pay slips etc. are not accepted as proof of employment.

  • a letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, have a current date and be signed as well as carry a stamp.

  • A two-page summary of your undergraduate thesis (only in case you have been required to write a thesis during undergraduate studies. If this was not the case, simply tick the appropriate box on the MIDE application form).

Academic reference letters are not required for the scholarship application anymore.


Foreign students with a residence permit in accordance with § 16 AufenthG may work 120 full or 240 half days per calendar year. In addition, you may work as a student assistant at universities without limitation. A permit for this is not needed. In general, gainful employment per semester should not exceed 20 hours per week, because contributions to the pension insurance would also have to be paid.


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