KAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries – Germany


MS/PhD Degree

Deadline: 30 June/30 Nov (annual)
Study in:  Germany
Next Course starts Sept 2012



Brief description:

The KAAD scholarships are addressed to post-graduates and to academics who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany. This program is administered by regional partner committees, staffed by university professors and church representatives.



Host Institution(s):

German Universities and Higher Education Institutions



Fields of study:


There is no specific subject-preference. However, the selection board has often given preference to courses and subjects that they felt to be of significance for the home country of the applicant. This holds true especially for subjects of PhD-theses. There is therefore a certain leaning towards “development oriented” studies – this does however not mean that other fields (cultural, philosophic, linguistic, etc.) can not be of significance for a country and are ruled out.


Number of Scholarships:

Not specified


Target group:

Citizens of developing or emerging countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America.

There is a preference for Catholic applicants. Among the scholars there is however also a limited number of: Protestant Christians, Orthodox Christians (especially from Ethiopia), Muslims.  Catholic Priests and Religious People are eligible only in very rare cases.  There are other scholarship programmes catering especially for them.



Scholarship value/inclusions:


Covers the cost of studies. Inquire with the scholarship provider for more information.



For the scholarship programme 1 of KAAD you can apply if you:

• come from a developing or emerging country in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America
• have a university degree and professional experience from your home country
• want to acquire a master’s degree or a PhD at a German university or do a post-doctoral research project (2-6 months for established university lecturers) at a German university
• are a Catholic Christian (or general belong to a Christian denomination). Candidates from other religions can apply if they are proposed by Catholic partners and can prove their commitment to interreligious dialogue.

The general rule is that applicants for Master-scholarships should be of the maximum age of 30, while applicants for PhD-scholarships should not be older than 35.


Application instructions:



KAAD is working with focus- and partner countries in your region. There are so-called Partner Committees in these countries and applications are channelled via them: Africa (sub-Sahara), Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East (including northern Africa).

Applications for the September selection need to be complete by end of June. Applications to be tabled in the March-session of the selection board need to be complete by end of November the previous year.

Many times, applicants get admission letters (especially for Master-courses)only when these deadlines have passed. In these cases, the university has to be asked to defer the admission to the next academic year. Applications can be made already before admission letters are received. However at the end of the application process, the applicant needs to show either an admission letter or a confirmation by the university that they are eligible for the course and that the application has been received and being processed.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.




Official Scholarship Website: http://kaad.de/1/scholarships/scholarship-program-1/

FAQs on KAAD Scholarships (example): http://kaad.de/fileadmin/kaad/pdf/FAQs_Africa_Department.pdf

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