Deuscher Akademischer Auslander Dienst (DAAD) [German Academic
Exchange Service

Postgraduate Degree Courses with Relevance to Development Countries

http://www.daad.de (Homepage)

http://www.daad.de/portrait/en/1.7_land.html?id=100 (Homepage for Myanmar)

http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/stipendiendatenbank/00462.en.html?land=100&overview=1&daad=1

(Homepage for the six scholarships available for Myanmar citizens)

http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/stipendiendatenbank/00462.en.html (Scholarship database)

http://www.daad.de/deutschland/download/03118.en.html (many application forms)

http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/stipendiendatenbank/00462.en.html?d… (development courses)

PLEASE NOTE: for official information, specific details, and updated deadlines and instructions, please check the organization’s website and current application forms; if you have problems or questions, please contact us.

Deadlines:

  • Generally, application papers must have been submitted to the German embassy or DAAD regional offices by 31 August or to DAAD head office in Bonn by 30 September or to the higher education institutions by 15 October. Please note the possible special deadlines for individual degree courses.

Description:

  • Objective: “Postgraduate degree courses with relevance to developing countries” aim to qualify experts and executives from developing countries in fields such as trade, business and administration. These postgraduate degree courses offer career-based and practice-oriented initial and continuing training. Their content focuses on key development policy questions and they stand out by delivering practice-relevant know-how.
  • Detailed information and a list of the courses and programs can be found in the collection of “International Degree Programmes” available on the DAAD homepage http://www.daad.de/deutschland/studium/idp/04709.en.html
  • Duration: Those degree courses which end with a Master’s degree generally last between 12 and 24 months. The three degree courses leading to a doctorate generally last 36 months.
  • In most cases, studies begin in October, while the preparatory German language courses start in April or August. Differing arrangements are specified in the description of the individual degree courses and programs.
  • Value: A monthly scholarship installment is paid. Its level is based on the scholarship holder’s level of qualification (as a rule € 715 or € 975).

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • Application is open to experts and executives from developing countries who hold a university degree and have gained at least two years of career experience in a position in industry, business or administration which is relevant to the respective chosen postgraduate degree course.
  • Age limit: 36 at the time of application (some postgraduate degree courses set an age limit of 32)
  • Language skills: Where postgraduate degree courses are instructed in English, applicants are required to have passed a TOEFL Test (minimum of 550 points) or an IELTS Test (Band 6). Where courses are taught in German, students will ideally have Grundstufe 3 (Beginners’ Level 3) language skills. Participants in English-instructed postgraduate degree courses have an opportunity to attend a two-month intensive language course before their full studies commence. Scholarship holders taking German-instructed degree courses have an opportunity to attend a six-month intensive language course before their full studies begin. Important exception: The degree course in “International Marketing” offered at the FH Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences requires students to have excellent German language skills (DSH, Test DaF). No preparatory language course is offered.
  • The specific admissions requirements for individual degree courses can be found in the course descriptions which the German diplomatic missions and the DAAD regional offices abroad have available for consultation.

Application Procedure:

  • Information on the application papers which you need to submit is contained in the application form (Application for Research Grants and Study Scholarships – Antrag auf ein Forschungs-/Studienstipendium), which can be downloaded from the DAAD website (www.daad.de/en/form) or obtained from the diplomatic and consular representations (http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/en/adressen_html) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the DAAD Lektors, the DAAD regional offices (http://www.daad.de/portrait/en/1.3.4.1.html) and the DAAD Information and Advice Centers (http://www.daad.de/portrait/en/1.3.4.2.html), or from partner organizations.

Attachments:

  • Certificate from the employer confirming the candidate’s occupation at the time of application and, where possible, confirming that the student will be re-employed on his/her return home
  • 2 Recent letters of recommendation
  • A well-reasoned statement from the applicant of why he/she wishes to take the course in question and what the relationship is between participation in the chosen postgraduate degree course and the last career occupation held
  • Please Note: The content of the supported degree courses focuses on professional practice. This is why great importance attaches to the applicant presenting proof of at least two years of career experience. This should be supported by relevant documents.
  • Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice
    • The DAAD website www.daad.de/stipendien provides, where appropriate, additional specific information for applicants from your home country, as information on where applications should be sent. Here you will also find addresses of institutions which you can contact in your home country for further information and advice.
    • In the home country, applications can be submitted to the German embassy or to the DAAD regional offices or direct to the German higher education institution (http://www.hochschulkompass.hrk.de).
    • Generally, application papers must have been submitted to the German embassy or DAAD regional offices by 31 August or to DAAD head office in Bonn by 30 September or to the higher education institutions by 15 October. Please note the possible special deadlines for individual degree courses.
    • Further information on postgraduate degree courses with relevance to developing countries can be obtained from the Association of German Postgraduate Studies (AGEP) (http://www.agep.edu/ ).