Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Germany
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: German Institute for Higher Education
  • Funded by: DAAD
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition, other stipends
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 7 June, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship package includes several benefits tailored to support your academic journey in Germany:

  • German Language Course: You may participate in a German language course for up to 6 months before your study program begins. This includes coverage of fees for a German language certification (TestDaF or DSH), as well as pocket money and accommodation during the course. The DAAD determines eligibility and duration of funding based on your German language proficiency and the requirements of your study program. Attendance at this language course is mandatory.
  • Monthly Scholarship Payment: Scholars receive a monthly stipend of 934 EURO.
  • Insurance Coverage: You will be provided with adequate health, accident, and private/personal liability insurance while in Germany.
  • Travel Allowance: The scholarship includes a travel allowance to cover the cost of transportation to and from Germany.
  • Yearly Study Allowance: Scholars receive an annual allowance to assist with study-related expenses.
  • LEAD! Training Programme: Participation in the LEAD! training program is a compulsory aspect of the scholarship, designed to enhance your leadership skills and academic competence.
  • Housing and Family Support: If applicable, the scholarship may include a monthly rent subsidy and an additional monthly allowance for accompanying family members (spouse and/or children). Please be aware that the process of family reunification can be subject to delays or challenges due to the duration of visa procedures in some countries. This might affect the possibility of having family members join you during the scholarship period.

It is important to consider all these aspects to ensure a well-prepared and successful stay in Germany under the scholarship.


The program is specifically designed for two distinct groups of applicants, each with their own set of eligibility criteria. Here’s a breakdown of the requirements for each group:

Group 1: Highly Qualified Refugees

Target Audience: Refugees who hold refugee status and meet the qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.

Eligibility Criteria:

Refugee Status: Applicants must have been granted refugee status in their host countries before April 2, 2023.

Country of Asylum: Must be one of the following: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania.

Educational Qualification: Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application.

Group 2: Highly Qualified Graduates from Selected Countries

Target Audience: Graduates from specific countries who meet the qualifications for Master’s studies in Germany.

Eligibility Criteria:

Citizenship: Must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, or Mauritania.

Country of Residence: Must currently reside in one of the aforementioned countries.

Educational Qualification: Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application.

Application Considerations:

For both groups, applicants should ensure they meet all the specified criteria related to their status, country of asylum or residence, and educational qualifications. It is important to prepare all necessary documentation proving refugee status, citizenship, residence, and academic credentials when applying.

This targeted approach aims to support individuals from specific regions and circumstances, promoting educational and professional development opportunities in Germany. Applicants should carefully review which group they belong to and ensure they meet the necessary qualifications before proceeding with their application.

How to apply

You can begin your application process for the DAAD scholarship by following these steps on the DAAD portal, which can be accessed by clicking on the “Application portal” link at the end of this page.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Register in the DAAD Portal 

Make sure to read the notes about registering in the portal, which can provide essential guidance on setting up your account.

  1. Applying Online in the DAAD Portal 

Detailed instructions on how to apply are available within the portal. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Download and Complete the Online Application Form 

Start by downloading the application form available within the portal and fill it out with the required information.

Prepare Application Documents 

Gather all necessary documents as specified in the application requirements. This might include academic transcripts, proof of language proficiency, a CV, and more.

Translate Documents 

If your documents are not in German or English, they must be translated. Ensure these translations are accurate and reflect the original documents faithfully.

Scan Documents 

Scan all paper documents (except for references, which are typically handled differently), ensuring they are clear and legible. Save these scans in PDF format, as this is the only file format accepted for uploads on the DAAD portal.

Upload Documents 

Upload both the completed application form and all other prepared documents to the portal. If you have translations, upload these files together with the original documents.

Submit Your Application 

Once all your documents are uploaded and organized, submit your application through the portal. Ensure everything is complete and accurate before submission to avoid any delays or issues with your application review.

By following these steps and carefully preparing your application, you will be able to successfully submit your application for consideration by the DAAD scholarship committee. Remember to double-check each document for completeness and clarity to ensure a smooth application process.

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