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Masters & PhD Scholarships at Kenyatta University

Deadline: 15 December 2021

Master programmes in Renewable Energy Technology and PhD programmes in Environmental Planning and in Biotechnology.

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

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 SubSaharan 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, either

  1. In their home country (In-Country scholarships are aimed at students who study in their home country or in the country for which they have a residence permit.) or

  2. In another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study programme in a country of their home region (here: Sub-Sahara Africa/outside their home country).

It has been agreed upon that DAAD cooperates with Kenyatta University by offering up to 6 In-Country/In-Region scholarships for PhD and 4 In-Country/InRegion scholarships for Master studies at Kenyatta University for the intake 2022.


Applicants must meet the following DAAD criteria:

  1. Have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)

  2. Clearly show motivation and strong commitment

  3. Have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction

  4. Have generally completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application

  5. Must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Sahara African country

  6. Should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme

Female applicants, refugees with recognized refugee status and candidates from other less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme. Scholarships are initially granted for one year and can be extended to a maximum of the regular period of study upon receipt of an application for extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted.

Please note: Kenyatta University might have additional requirements for admission to the university.


The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development. The scholarships at Kenyatta University are available in the following fields:

  1. MSc in Renewable Energy Technology

  2. PhD in Environmental Planning

  3. PhD in Biotechnology

The duration

  • of the PhD programme is generally three years (regular period of studies) and is usually starting in September

  • of the Master programme is generally two years (regular period of studies) and is usually starting in September

Please note that the maximum duration of the scholarship is based on the time that is left until the scholarship holder has reached the regular period of studies in that programme; i.e., if you apply for a DAAD scholarship starting in your second year of studies of a three-year programme, the maximum duration of the scholarship will be two years.


First step:

Applicants must apply for the scholarship via the DAAD portal. Applicants are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application. DAAD Deadline: 15 December 2021.

Parallel to this process, applicants must at the same time apply for admission at Kenyatta University using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institutions. Kenyatta University has set its own deadlines. Please inform yourself about the respective admission processes at the host institution.

Only complete applications made to both the DAAD and to Kenyatta University will be reviewed.

Second Step:

Kenyatta University will screen, pre-select and shortlist the applicants. Applicants who pass the host institutions pre-selection and DAADs formal checks are invited to an online interview. A selection committee assesses the applicant’s aptitude based on the provided documents and the performance in the interview. In addition to the applicant’s academic merit, extracurricular activities, motivation and the general fit for the programme, the selection committee will consider impediments described by the applicant in the DAAD application form in the assessment.

Mandatory documents to be submitted (in either English or German) for the DAAD scholarship application:

  1. DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)

  2. Curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at, including a list of publications (if applicable)

  3. Recommendation letter(s) by university teachers/lecturers (Master 1, PhD 2) (this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship begins if it is not available at the time of application due to the COVID 19 pandemic (Exception is valid only for the year 2021))

  4. Letter of admission from the host university / institution / network (this can be subsequently submitted before the scholarship begins if it is not available at the time of application)

  5. Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts (if available, including a grading scale for the final university grade)

  6. Letter of motivation

  7. Copy of the passport (if applicable) or National Identification Card

  8. If available, information on the recognition of the university degree certificates in the host country

  9. If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee

  10. Only for research-based Master programmes: - a timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)

  11. Only for course-based Master programmes: - a semester schedule (if applicable, please add the information how and when a planned research stay in Germany would fit into the semester schedule; see “Additional benefits”)

  12. Additional documents only for PhD programmes:

    1. Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor or a commitment letter from the host institution that a supervisor will be assigned

    2. Detailed and precise PhD proposal (8-10 pages), including detailed work and timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)

    3. Additionally, a Word format of the proposal must be submitted via email to for plagiarism check.

    4. Please note that a detailed and comprehensive proposal is necessary for the assessment. Concept notes will not be accepted.

    5. Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal


The scholarship covers:

Please note that the travel allowance for In-Region scholarship holders will only be transferred along with the first scholarship rate, i.e. after the arrival in the host country.

DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research stay in Germany for 3 up to 6 months. Please note that the short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application for the regular scholarship and can only be awarded if the necessary financial means are available.

The short-term research scholarship includes:

  • a monthly scholarship payment for living costs

  • health/accident/personal liability insurance

  • a flat-rate travel allowance b) invited to apply for different Summer Schools in Germany (four weeks) All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.


If you have any further questions, please check our FAQ section on our website or contact:

DAAD Regional Office for Africa


Phone number: +254 (733) 92 99 29

Virtual web seminars:

Enquiries related to the DAAD Scholarship DAAD

Contact Person: Ms. Elizabeth Waithaka



Enquiries related to the general admission and the study programme Kenyatta University

Contact Person: Prof. Richard Oduor

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