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Scholarships & Funding for Ghanaian Students

DAAD scholarship holders during the official handing over of their award letters at the DAAD Information Center Accra in April 2009

General Remarks

German state-maintained universities do usually charge no or only very moderate tuition fees (with some few exceptions), but you will have to pay for your own living expenses when studying in Germany. Depending on your chosen area, the cost of living (accommodation, food, health insurance, clothing, books, travel expenses etc.) can sum up to 600-700 Euro per month. If you need financial assistance, you will have to contact one of the many scholarship-awarding organisations. The most extensive scholarship programme is that offered by the DAAD which is presented below.

If you wish to apply for a DAAD Scholarship, you may use the online application procedure that is desribed more detailed in the Online Application Section of this website.

 

In 2010, 266 Ghanaians were funded by the DAAD to either study or do research in Germany or in selected partner universities in Ghana as well as abroad. Additionally, a total of 138 DAAD funded Germans came to Ghana for academic purposes.

Overview of DAAD-funded Scholarship Holders from 2002 until 2010 - Ghanaians and Germans (coming to Ghana) for academic purposes:

 

The DAAD Scholarship Programme for Ghana

The scholarships offered by the DAAD are awarded to young higher education graduates from all academic disciplines. Since the DAAD-Scholarship-Programme aims primarily at contributing to the academic staff development of African universities or public research institutes, applicants must be among the very best young graduates in their home country: Grants are awarded solely on the strength of academic achievement. The applicant's financial circumstances only play a subordinate role.

Research Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists (also Sandwich-Model)

The DAAD sponsors short term research stays that last up to six months and long term research stays for one year that can be extended in order to complete a full PhD. The typical applicant for a DAAD PhD scholarship has already proved that his or her academic abilities are above average. Because of this focus on 'high potential' candidates, PhD scholarships are only offered to those who fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Applicants must already have obtained a Bachelor's Degree graded at least Second Class, Upper Division.

  • Applicants must already have obtained a Master's Degree.

  • The applicant's most recent academic degree must have been obtained within the last six years.

  • Application deadline [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy]: 15th of October in the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship .

Research Stays for University Lecturers and Scientists

  • Application deadline [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy]: 1st of October 2011, 1st of January 2012 and 1st of April 2012. A DAAD selection committee meets in February, May and November and awards the scholarships. Applications have to be at the Information Center or at the German Embassy at least 4 months before a meeting. The fellowship commences at the earliest 3 months after the meeting. The time span between application deadline and commencement of scholarship is approximately 7 months.

Re-Invitation Programme for Former DAAD-Scholarship Holders

Former scholarship holders who were sponsored for at least one year can apply for re-invitation to Germany for a period of one to three months to complete a research or work project at a state higher education institution or non-university research institute.

  • Application deadline [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy]: 1st of October 2011, 1st of January 2012 and 1st of April 2012. A DAAD selection committee meets in February, May and November and awards the scholarships. Applications have to be at the Information Center or at the German Embassy at least 4 months before a meeting. The fellowship commences at the earliest 3 months after the meeting. The time span between application deadline and commencement of scholarship is approximately 7 months.

Continuing Medical Training - Research Grants for applicants from medical fields

Types of funding for applicants from medical fields (such as Human Medicine, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine):
a) non-extendable research grants scheduled to run for up to one year:
• Continuing clinical training (e.g. as part of the specialist medical training being
completed in the home country)
• Research projects
• Stays to collect material for a dissertation/doctoral thesis to be written in the home country or for a publication
The DAAD does not fund complete medical specialisation courses lasting several years in Germany.
b) Extendable research grants are awarded only for purely natural sciences based doctoral programmes or studies in Germany (e.g. leading to Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. medic. degrees). The total funding term is three years.
It is not possible to provide more than one year of funding for the purpose of
producing a medical dissertation/doctoral thesis (Dr. med., Dr. med. vet., or Dr. med. dent.).

Postgraduate Degree Courses 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 downloaded from our website, general information on the DAAD as a partner in development-cooperation is available here.

  • Application deadlines vary: Please confirm with the course websites or the DAAD Information Center. As a general rule, applications through the German Embassy / the DAAD Information Center in Accra must be submitted before 31st July of the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship.

  • Applicants must already 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.

  • The applicant's most recent academic degree must have been obtained within the last six years.

Scholarships for Artists

The study scholarships for one academic year aim to provide foreign applicants from the field of Fine Art, Design, Film, Music and Architecture as well as Drama, Direction, Dance and Choreography with an opportunity to complete a course of extension studies. Scholarships are also available in order to pursue a two-year degree programme with final degree in Germany.

  • Application deadline: 15th of October in the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy].

Study visits to Germany

The Programme helps students under the guidance of a lecturer to make contact in their specific academic field and gain knowledge during a minimum of seven to a maximum of twelve days of stay in Germany.

  • Applications are made through the DAAD portal: https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal
    More information available at http://www.daad.de/hochschulen/kooperationen/partnerschaften/gruppenreisen
  • Application deadline [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy]: 1st of October 2011, 1st of January 2012 and 1st of April 2012.
  • Application deadline [online through the portal]: 1st of November for visits beginning 1st of March, 1st of February for visits beginning 1st of June, and 1st of May for visits beginning 1st of September. The time span between application deadline and commencement of visit is approximately 4 months.

Practical Traineeships for Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry

The traineeships last two to three months with various firms, institutions of higher education and research institutes in Germany. Students interested in a training placement in Germany should contact the National IAESTE Secretary in Ghana:
IAESTE Ghana, Registrar´s Department, Student Affairs Office
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana
Mr. Isaac Adu-Brenya, Phone: +233 51 60331, Email: iaestegh@yahoo.com
For more information visit http://www.iaeste.de

Master's Scholarships for 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 very good 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 (generally) 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; the courses are taught in German and / or English).
  • Application deadline: 31st July of the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy].

For an overview of courses and universities participating in the programme follow this link or download the info-sheet from the download section.

Master's Scholarships for Conflict Studies and Management Programme - CSMP

This CSMP programme is a study and research programme at the Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy that is funded by the German Foreign Office and carried out in close cooperation with the DAAD. The DAAD offers scholarships for highly qualified Master's students, doctoral students and researchers with an interest in conflict management in research and practice. For more information visit the programme's website.

DLR – DAAD - Research Fellowships

‘DLR – DAAD Research Fellowships’ is a programme implemented by the ‘Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt’ (DLR) and the ‘German Academic Exchange Service’ (DAAD). DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space, doing research also in transportation and energy.

  • This special programme is intended for highly-qualified doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists with the subjects Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany.
  • DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each Fellowship announcement will indicate the specific qualification requirements and terms of the visit. The current offers are published under ‘DLR-DAAD Fellowships - Current Offers’ (http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/ausschreibungen/09009.de.html)

Subject-related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education

The programme provides an opportunity for German institutions of higher education to collaborate with one or several higher education institutions in developing countries. The core of the programme is the structural development at the foreign higher education institutions which can be promoted through curriculum or module development as well as through initiating international study programmes and the mutual recognition of academic degrees. The establishment of networks between the German higher education institutions and their partner institutions, as well as the South-South-networking of the foreign higher education institutions among each other, will enhance and broaden the profile of the foreign, as well as the German institutions of higher education. For more information visit the link.

  • Application deadline: 30th of June 2011 (for funding commencing in January 2012)

DAAD Programme PAGEL

The programme offers German institutions of higher education many different opportunities for international cooperation related to the health sector in developing countries. For more information visit the link.

Funding Measures for Biodiversity

Measures for Biodiversity are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The funding is allocated to scientists and alumni of German higher education institutions as well as other participants in the field of resource protection in developing countries. For more information visit the link.

Scholarships for University Students reading German Studies

Scholarships for Students reading German Studies can be offered as Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists (more than six months; up to six months); Study Scholarships; Research Stays for university academics and scientists / Re-invitation Programm for Former Scholarship Holders; University Summer Course.

  • Application deadline: 15th of October in the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship; except Universit Summer Courses, which is 15th of December each year [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy].

Scholarships for Philologists of the German Language

Research scholarships can be awarded to doctoral candidates and scientists in the German language as well as scholarships for a semester abroad in Germany and for research stays and re-inviations.

  • Application deadline: 15th of October in the year prior to the commencement of the scholarship [at the DAAD Information Center or German Embassy].

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education for the promotion of inter-cultural understanding through cooperation with third countries as well as for the development of third countries in the field of higher education. For more information visit the link.

Scholarships for Postgraduate Training and Research at 15 African Regional Networks

Some selected African Regional Networks are supported by DAAD 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 by preferring 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.) www.aims.ac.za
ANSTI African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions www.ansti.org
CEPACS Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) www.pambazuka.org/en
CERAAS Centre d‘Etude Régional pour l‘Amélioration de l‘Adaptation à la Sécheresse (Senegal) www.ceraas.org
CESAG Centre Africain d‘Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (Mali) www.asema-cesag.net
CESPAM Centre of Specialization in Public Administration and Management (Botswana) www.cespam.net
CMAAE Collaborative Masters Programme in Agricultural and Applied Economics in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa www.agriculturaleconomics.net
Human Rights Centre for Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, UoPretoria (S.A.) www.chr.up.ac.za
ICIPE International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology www.icipe.org/arppis/sub-centre_ghana_university
2iE Institut International d‘Ingénieurs de l‘Eau et de l‘Environnement (Burkina Faso) www.2iE-edu.org
ILRI International Livestock Research Institute www.ilri.org
IMSP Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (Benin) www.imsp-uac.org
IWM Integrated Watershed Management (Kenya) www.iwmnet.eu , www.ku.ac.ke
NAPRECA Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa www.napreca.net
PTCI Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaires en Economie (Burkina Faso) www.ptci-eco.org

Scholarships for DAAD Funded Centers of Excellence at Leading African Universities

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 and Health Research at University of Ghana, Legon with University Bonn and Heidelberg University Hospital, www.isser.org www.ug.edu.gh
Tanzanian-German Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Law, University of Dar es Salaam with Uni-versity of Bayreuth www.udsm.ac.tz
Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance, Université Protestante au Congo with Frankfurt School of Finance and Management www.upc-rdc.cd
Namibian-German Centre for Logistics, Polytechnic of Namibia with University of Applied Sciences Flensburg www.polytechnic.edu.na
South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice, University of the Western Cape with Ruhr-University Bochum www.drd-sa.org www.uwc.ac.za
For more information, please visit: www.daad.de/fachzentren-afrika/de/index.html

Call for Applications 2011

The Ghanaian-German Centre of Excellence for Development Studies is a collabo-rative venture between the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. The Centre is being funded by the German Acade-mic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Research to Train Future Leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative. Applications are here-by invited from quali-fied persons for a 3-Year Full-time PhD Programme in De-velopment Studies beginning January 2012. For more information follow the link.

For more detailed information on application requirements and application procedures please visit the DAAD website containing specific information for Ghana.

If you wish to apply for a DAAD Grant or Scholarship, you may use the online application procedure that is desribed more detailed in the Online Application Section of this website.

 

Dr. Edelmann-Okinda handing over a DAAD scholarship for a postgraduate course in Germany

To learn more about other DAAD scholarship programmes, please have a look at the website DAAD Scholarship Programme for Ghana and contact us to discuss the further proceedings. Please note that applications for DAAD scholarships shall not be sent directly to the DAAD head office in Bonn but should be delivered to the German Embassy, Accra (German Embassy, P.O. Box 1757, Accra).

If you cannot apply for a DAAD scholarship, please look for other scholarship-awarding organisations. The following list of scholarship-awarding organisations is meant as a service for you, but we regret not being able to take any responsibility for their programmes and we cannot answer any questions about those organisations.

 

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (AvH) - Scholarships

International Climate Protection Fellowships

Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to twenty International Climate Protection Fellowships to prospective leaders from threshold or developing countries who are engaged in climate protection and resource conservation in academia or business, government or non-governmental organisations.

They will come to Germany for a year to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a joint project dedicated to the exchange of knowledge, methods and techniques. The aim is to create a network in which German and foreign experts will work together on a sustainable, international basis to develop solutions to combat climate change and its global consequences. The fellowships are funded under the Federal Environment Ministry's (BMU) International Climate Protection Initiative.

  • Provisions consist of a monthly fellowship, a lump sum for travel expenses, family allowances and a language course.
  • The closing date for applications is 15 December 2011.
  • For further information please visit www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/icf.html

Georg Forster Research Fellowships

The Georg Forster Research Fellowships offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation allow excellent scholars and scientists from emerging economies and developing countries (excluding China and India) to spend an extended time of research (6-24 months) with a host and collaborative partner in Germany.

Postdoctoral and experienced researchers, who work on a research project with relevance to development, are eligible to apply. Apart from this, there are no quotas for specific subjects or country of origin. Applicants select their academic host at a research institution in Germany themselves and agree on the research project.

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