Master's Degree

The DAAD offers Master scholarships only for courses selected by their relevance for developing countries. This site gives you an overview of the different areas and fields of study:

Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)

This programme is designed to academically qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) the chance to obtain a Master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country.

  • Applicants must be very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries.
  • Scholarships for two-year Master courses at a German institution of higher education (selected Master courses with one of the following focuses: Public Policy, Good Governance, International Relations, Public Management, Administration, Civil Society; courses are taught in German and/or English).
  • Application deadlines depend on the chosen university

For an overview of courses and universities participating in the programme in 2018 follow this link.

Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries

The 12 to 24 months master degree courses aim to provide experts and professionals with additional qualifications in fields such as trade, business and administration. They offer career-based and practice-oriented further training in courses that are selected by their relevance to developing countries. The list of courses can be found here or in the download section of our DAAD Information Center Accra website. General information on the DAAD as a partner in development-cooperation is available here.

  • Application deadlines: Please confirm with the University websites or the DAAD Information Center. Applications (DAAD scholarship and admission) must be handed in directly to the host Universities and not - as in the years before - through the German Embassy/the DAAD Information Center.
  • Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's Degree graded at least Second Class (Upper Division) and must have gained at least two years of relevant professional experience after graduation.
  • The applicant's most recent academic degree must have been obtained within the last six years.

African Regional Networks

In order to support South-South networking and exchange, DAAD supports selected African Regional Networks through individual scholarships for postgraduate students. These scholarships (Master, PhD) are open to postgraduate students from Sub-Saharan African countries who want to pursue their degree at an African university outside their home country. The focus is on strengthening university staff development through the training of young university staff members or candidates considered for teaching / research staff recruitment. Applications have to be submitted to these networks only. DAAD does not accept applications sent directly to the head office in Germany.

  • AIMS African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (S.A.)
  • ANSTI African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (Kenya)
  • CEPACS Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
  • CERAAS Centre d‘Etude Régional pour l‘Amélioration de l‘Adaptation à la Sécheresse (Senegal)
  • CESAG Centre Africain d‘Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (Mali),
  • CESPAM Centre of Specialization in Public Administration and Management (Botswana) (CESPAM)
  • CMAAE Collaborative Masters Programme in Agricultural and Applied Economics in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (CMAAE)
  • Human Rights Centre for Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, UoPretoria (S.A.)
  • ICIPE International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
  • 2iE Institut International d‘Ingénieurs de l‘Eau et de l‘Environnement (Burkina Faso)
  • ILRI International Livestock Research Institute (Kenya/Ethiopia)
  • IMSP Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (Benin)
  • IWM Integrated Watershed Management (Kenya) link
  • NAPRECA Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa
  • PTCI Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaires en Economie ( Burkina Faso

Centres of Excellence

These DAAD funded Centres of Excellence at leading African universities create modern educational capacities with supraregional influence. DAAD provides individual scholarships for postgraduate students (Master, PhD). Applications have to be submitted to these Centers only. DAAD does not accept applications sent directly to the head office in Germany. Enquiries have to be addressed to the programme co-ordinators.

  • Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies at University of Ghana, Legon with University of Bonn,
  • Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law , University of Dar es Salaam with University of Bayreuth
  • Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance, Université Protestante au Congo with Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • Namibian-German Centre for Logistics, Polytechnic of Namibia with University of Applied Sciences Flensburg
  • South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice, University of the Western Cape with Ruhr-University Bochum,

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