Germany has become a popular destination for international students who are looking for high-quality education and better career prospects. Speaking of scholarships in Germany, DAAD Scholarship stands out as the most prestigious scholarship. It’s a fully-funded scholarship offered to students from developing countries to support their studies in specific masters and PhD programs across different German universities. Besides covering all the expenses, DAAD also provides a handsome monthly stipend and other perks.
If you’re an international student aspiring to pursue your higher studies in Germany, then DAAD scholarship could be the best option for you to make your dreams a success. This article covers all the details of this amazing scholarship opportunity so kindly read it till end.
Host Country: Germany
Host Universities: Multiple top-ranked German universities (complete list given below)
Funded by: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) or The German Academic Exchange Service
Degree Level: Masters/MPhil, MBA, LLM, and PhD
Scholarship Type: Fully-funded and merit-based
Scholarship Duration: 12 to 42 months
Deadline: Depends on the study program and its university (complete list given below)
Eligibility Criteria for DAAD Scholarship
To apply for DAAD scholarship in Germany, you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
- Have completed a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in an appropriate course at the time of application.
- Previous academic degree is completed no more than 6 years before.
- Grade should be at least 2nd class upper division in the degree.
- Have at least 2 years of professional work experience.
- Proficiency in English or German language. For English, you must have either a TOEFL score of minimum 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 80 internet-based or an IELTS score of 6 bands. For German, you must have DSH 2 or TestDaF 4.
- Must be from an eligible country. You can check your country’s eligibility in the following list.
- Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must provide a certificate from the German Embassy’s “Akademische Prufstelle (APS).
- Additionally, you should demonstrate your development-related motivation. After the scholarship, you are expected to take on social responsibility and to start and support change processes in your personal and professional environments.
List of Eligible Countries/Regions
International students from the following regions are eligible to apply for DAAD scholarship in Germany.
- North and Sub-Saharan Africa
- North and Central America
- South America
- Middle East
- East Asia
- South and Central Asia
Benefits of DAAD Scholarship
As mentioned in the start, DAAD is a fully-funded scholarship that covers all your expenses and provides multiple other benefits.
- A monthly stipend of 934 euros for masters students and 1200 euros for doctoral students.
- Travel allowances.
- Rent subsidies.
- Health, accident, and personal/private liability insurance.
- One off-study allowance.
- Monthly family allowance if your family members are accompanying you.
List of Eligible Courses for DAAD Scholarship with their Deadlines
How to Apply for DAAD Scholarship in Germany?
The application process for DAAD scholarship can be done in these steps:
- First of all, you have to select suitable courses of your interest. You can apply for a maximum of three courses. The complete list of courses is given above.
- Keeping in mind the deadlines of your selected courses, apply to the respective universities offering these courses.
- You send your complete application with required documents directly to the universities. Note that you don’t send your application or documents to DAAD.
- A selection committee will then recommend potential DAAD candidates for the scholarship.
- If you’re among the initially selected candidates by the committee, DAAD will contact you to upload your complete application to the DAAD portal. (DAAD will provide the link to the portal through email).
- After the selection process is finalized, the suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.
Documents Required for DAAD Scholarship
- Completed and signed DAAD Application Form with current date.
- Signed Curriculum Vitae (CV) using Europass Format in reverse chronological order.
- Signed Letter of Motivation of maximum two pages expressing your academic, professional personal reasons for applying for the program.
- Certificate(s) of Employment from your Employer(s) showing at least two years of relevant work experience after the bachelors degree up to the time of application.
- Proof of English or German language proficiency. TOEFL or IELTS for English, DSH or TestDaF for German.
- Copies of Higher Education Degrees and Academic Transcripts (certified translation if necessary).
- Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must provide an APS Certificate along with their application materials.
Important: Make sure you have a copy of every application document on hand because, if you are recommended for a DAAD scholarship, you will need to upload those documents (as PDF files) to the DAAD Portal.