How to apply DAAD scholarships for studies abroad in Germany

Are you interested in studying Master's or PhD in Germany? Is cutting edge research your passion? Are you looking out for financial support for studies abroad? Studying in Germany is a wonderful idea because DAAD scholarships can make your dream come true. Check out this article for detailed information about DAAD scholarships for Master's and PhD studies in Germany.

If you are thinking of affordable higher education in Germany, then you are on the right page. In this article you will get information about DAAD scholarships offered for Master's and PhD in Germany.


DAAD stands for German Academic Exchange Service (in German). It is the world's largest publicly funded and independent body comprising of higher education institutions. It focuses on the objective of International Academic Cooperation and if funded by BMZ, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. DAAD was started in 1925 but was closed for a few years during the world war in 1945 and then reopened in 1950. Its head office is in Bonn, Germany while it has regional offices in London, Cairo, New Delhi, Paris, New York, Rio de Janerio, Moscow, Nairobi, Tokyo, Jakarta, Beijing, Warsaw, Mexico City, Hanoi and Brussels. It also has 50 information centers across the world.

DAAD provides financial support to 120,000+ highly qualified students and faculty for international research and studies on an annual basis. The DAAD annual budget is 400 million €. It enables a non German student to pursue PG or PhD in any German higher education institution- State run or State recognized. DAAD carries out regular internal and external monitoring of programs based on international standard. This ensures quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of the programs.

Over the past many decades it has created a positive impact on individuals, institutions, academic system and on society. Lives have changed. Education in Germany for international students, specially from developing nations has become affordable. Isn't this a boon? DAAD has kept itself true to its motto: Change by Exchange.


The scholarship is valid only for Germany. The candidate should have completed UG course in the relevant subject area during the last six years and should have at least two years industrial experience. The academic requirements are as per specific university norms. Candidate needs to be motivated and is expected to take up social responsibilities and initiate and support processes to change the surrounding environment after completion of the PG or PhD course. Admission is provided to a student belonging to a developing nation, the list available on the website. The prescribed age limit for application is less than 32 years or 36 years depending on the course applied for.

About Institutes and Courses

DAAD application can be made to any German University or University of Applied Sciences as provided in the list available on DAAD website. The courses are taught either in German or in English and the degrees offered are MSc, MA, LLM and PhD. DAAD represents 365 German Higher Education Institutions, 100 Universities and Technical Universities, 162 General Universities of Applied Sciences and 52 colleges of Music and Arts. The PG and PhD courses are available in Germany in the fields of Economics/ business Administration; Political Economics ; Developmental cooperation; Engineering and Relative Sciences; Mathematics; Regional Planning; Agriculture and forest Sciences; environmental Sciences; Medicines/ Public health; social and Political Sciences and Education; Law; Media Studies. All courses are of 12-24 months duration. When you apply for more than one course, you are required to list them in the order of priority.

What the scholarship includes

The scholarship amount is proportional to the academic scores and is about 750 € for PG and 1000€ for PhD. This includes payment for health, accident and personal insurance. The payment can include travel cost if it is not covered by the home country or any other source.

Checklist of application documents

This checklist of documents required for the application include:
  • Duly filled application form
  • Self-attested CV
  • Self-attested letter of motivation, with respect to the concerned subjects
  • Research statement
  • Signed and stamped LoR (Letter of Recommendation) from university where graduation is completed, unsealed

  • Signed and stamped LoR (Letter of Recommendation) from employer , unsealed
  • Letter from employer stating the confirmation of job after return
  • Language ability proof: Scores of IELT or TOEFL for courses taught in English and German language for courses taught in Germany.
  • Copy of awarded degrees
  • Copy of Academic transcripts

  • Apart from the above checklist you can also go through the specific university website for any additional requirements. You can apply through post or email. Lookout for deadlines on the website.
    Once submitted, all documents become DAAD property. Avoid using sheet holders or plastic folders since DAAD is very particular about economic and environmental impact.

    Important dates

    Last date for submission of application to the German Embassy is 31st July and to the main office in Bonn is 31st August. University or institute level admission procedures close by 30th September or 15th October. They later initiate the selection procedure in the university between November to February. The scholarship becomes available for the next winter semester. Be sure to continue working till then!

    Selection procedure

    Once all applications are received, the screening process is initiated. Pre selection is carried out in the home country by a pre selection committee comprising of teachers from local universities, former scholarship holders from Alexander Van Humboldt Foundation, German teachers appointed by DAAD, lecturers from Goethe Institute, representatives from Ministry or DAAD partner organizations.

    Selection criteria

    The documents submitted by the candidate are rigorously screened for merit of:
  • For research stay: Proposal description and reasoning
  • For structured study program or language and short courses: justification of choice of course Academic achievements

  • Additional documents are checked for proving academic suitability and information about extra curricular activities

  • You can approach DAAD regional center in New Delhi for any specific queries. DAAD website is well structured and will provide you all the information needed for preparing and submitting an application. Log on if you are interested in applying.

    What are you waiting for? Check out DAAD pages and apply for a study abroad program in Germany.

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