DAAD Leadership in Germany is a secluded, federally funded and state-funded, self-governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, demonstrating 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art) . The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education.
It also grants to German students, doctoral students, and scholars for studies and research abroad. With an annual budget of 522 million Euros and supporting approximately 140.000 individuals worldwide, the DAAD is the largest such academic grant organization worldwide. The organization originated on 1 January 1925 but closed down in 1945, only to be re-founded again in 1950.
The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), originated in 1925 and is the largest German support organization in the field of international academic cooperation.
The DAAD headquarters are in Bonn and 15 international regional branch offices exist to provide information and advice on study and research opportunities, as well as available grants, tailored to students and academics within their region.
The DAAD New York office aids residents of the United States and Canada who are enrolled or employed at American and Canadian higher education institutions and would like to study or pursue research in Germany. From the perspective of this side of the exchange, the DAAD’s mission is to facilitate American and Canadian students’ access to the distinguished German institutions of higher education and research—from research universities (Universitäten) to universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), colleges of music and art, libraries and archives, and research institutions such as the Max Planck Institutes.
The DAAD scholarship grants administered by the DAAD abroad are available to students of all academic disciplines and at each academic degree level, including undergraduates, graduating undergraduates, and recent graduates with a BA, master’s degree students, doctoral students, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.
The DAAD worldwide network also comprises around 50 information centers and around 450 DAAD lecturer positions.
Worth of the DAAD Leadership for Africa Master’s Degree Scholarships
- If obligatory for DAAD Leadership: Language course (2, 4, or 6 months) in Germany before the start of the study program, with the exposure of the test fees for a German language certificate (TestDaF or DSH test), pocket money, and accommodation. The DAAD Leadership chooses whether to fund participation and for how long dependent on German language skills and project. Participation in a language course is required if the study program is taught in German.
- An additional mandatory training program LEAD!
- A monthly scholarship rate payment of 861 EURO
- Adequate health, accident, and private/personal liability insurance in Germany
- Travel allowance
- Yearly study allowance
- If applicable, monthly rent subsidy and monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children).
Eligibility for the DAAD Leadership for Africa Master’s Degree Scholarships
The DAAD Leadership for Africa Master’s Degree Scholarships targets two groups:
1) Highly capable refugees who hold refugee status and fulfill the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
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Applicants for DAAD Leadership for Africa Master’s Degree Scholarships must fulfill the following conditions:
- Holding refugee status in their host countries, being approved before April 18th, 2022
- The country of asylum must be either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, or Senegal
- Accomplished Bachelor’s degree at the time of application
2) Highly competent graduates from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, or Senegal who fulfill the necessary qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.
Applicants must fulfill the following conditions:
- Citizenship of either Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, or Senegal
- Country of residence is Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, or Senegal
- Completed Bachelor’s degree at the time of application
How to Apply:
Kindly note that all documents must be uploaded to the DAAD portal. Incomplete applications will be officially rejected and will be excepted from the application process.
The following documents may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. If you submit documents in your national language, you must take in English or German translations.
Required documents are:
- Online DAAD application form duly completed (available on the DAAD portal).
- Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages).
- Letter of Motivation (1-3 pages).
- DAAD Form “Study course profile” duly completed (please specify 3 Master’s programs).
- Proof of necessary language skills for the desired master’s programs.
- University degree certificate indicating final grades.
- Copies of your passport/national identification card and copies of your passport’s/national identification card’s biodata page and other documents having information about you and your present residence status
- For refugees: UNHCR registration or official proof of asylum by authorities
Application Deadline for DAAD Leadership for Africa Master’s Degree Scholarships is June 30, 2022.
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