October 2020

Open Calls for Scholarship Applications

DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme (Intake 2021)

Master and Phd Studies in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Target Group: Graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships).

The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies at selected host universities for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

Please note: There are different selection processes depending on the study location

  • Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi:
    Applicants must first apply for their studies at the respective host institutions using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institutions will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants. DAAD reserves the right of final selection. The host institutions will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link ot he DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit an DAAD application.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda:
    All applicants are asked to log in the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit the applications. Afterwards the selection process (including the pre-selection process at the host institution) starts.

You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database

Please find an overview of the different programmes attached:

Call for Application: Scholarship Programme New Leadership for Africa

The Leadership for Africa (LfA) programme is open to bachelor’s degree holders who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. The scholarship is open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

More details on the scholarship can be found at



The deadline for application is this Friday, 16 October 2020.


For further information, one can contact the LfA team on  lfa.nairobi@daad.de mailto:lfa.nairobi@daad.de or also per telephone on 0733 929 929.

Web seminars on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 and the very final one on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2:00 pm EAT will be conducted to elaborate more on how to apply via the DAAD portal as well as to answer any questions that one may have. The links to join in the Web seminars are:

i) Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT  – : https://daad.reflact.com/e289v7tg2goh/event/registration.html

ii) Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT – : https://daad.reflact.com/epmx967w9kie/event/registration.html

Interested participants are encouraged to register at least a day before the date for the Web Seminar, so that they can receive the link for participation on time.

Meanwhile, still virtual visiting hours will be offered every Thursdays from 10 am – 11 am EAT. The link to join in the visiting hour on Thursday, 15 October 2020 is: https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html <https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html


The LfA team on behalf of
Beate Schindler-Kovats
Director Regional Office for Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Madison Insurance House- Upper Hill Close Road, community area, Nairobi, Kenya