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DAAD Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship at Germany’s HTW Berlin

Masters in International and Development Economics Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can grant a limited number of scholarships (6-8) to cover living expenses (service fee is waived for recipients of such grants) for applicants from developing and newly industrialised countries. Applicants are selected by the DAAD in cooperation with HTW Berlin. For more information on the DAAD scholarship, please see the DAAD webpage

Who can apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Applicants for the DAAD scholarship must

How to apply for the DAAD scholarship?

Should you wish to apply for a DAAD scholarship, please indicate this in your MIDE application form. You must also

Confirmation of Employment vs. Letter of Recommendation

confirmation of employment is usually issued by HR and confirms the dates of employment with the organisation and the tasks. Possibly, but not in all cases, there will be an evaluation of the skills/accomplishments.

letter of recommendation is a personal assessment from your supervisor that usually includes these three components:

  • A paragraph or sentence that explains how the referee knows this person for how long.
  • An evaluation of the person and their skills/accomplishments. If possible , specific examples should be offered that illustrate the person’s strengths and qualifications. These examples should be brief but detailed.
  • A summary that explains why and to what degree the person is recommended.​
  • complete the DAAD application form and attach it to the MIDE application form. Don’t forget to date and personally sign the DAAD application form.
  • submit a statement of motivation (dated and personally signed) explaining why you are interested in attending a particular postgraduate course with reference to your current employment. Please further describe your development-related motivation and how you intend to make full use of your scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in your career.
    When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter only, i.e. the same for each course, explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.
    You do not have to submit a separate statement of motivation for the MIDE programme. Your statement of motivation for the DAAD scholarship will also serve as the required letter of motivation for the MIDE programme.
  • submit proof of at least two years of professional work experience and state your current work situation at the time of application. It is required to submit the following proof: Certificate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, be dated and signed as well as carry a stamp. Letters of appointment, work contracts, pay slips etc. are not accepted as proof of employment.
  • letter of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany. This/these letter(s) must come on official letterhead, have a current date and be signed as well as carry a stamp.

If applying to more than one course, please list courses in order of priority in the DAAD application forms and do not change these priorities in the respective application!

Academic reference letters are not required for the scholarship application anymore. Please ignore this section in the MIDE application form.

What are the selection criteria for the DAAD scholarship?

The ideal scholarship holder

  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and,as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas. Scholarship applications from lecturers and researchers  at universities are subordinated to applications from practioners in the development field.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least
  • Two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor)
  • His/her academic degrees are not older than six years.

Selection criteria and procedures for DAAD scholarship recipients ensure that:

  • priority target candidates have proven development-related motivation and can be expected to make full use of their scholarship and education by taking on social responsibility later in their careers, acting as agents of change who stimulate and support development in their personal and professional surroundings (motivation, commitment to development) in their home countries.
  • the candidates have the professional and academic qualifications necessary to ensure suc-cessful completion of the degree programme in Germany (final scores on previous academic examinations, language skills),
  • women and candidates from disadvantaged groups who meet the required academic and professional standards and show proven commitment to development-related issues are especially targeted for programme admission.

What does the DAAD scholarship cover?

  • Living expenses (17 months): 850,00 €/month
  • Study and research subsidy
  • A subsidy for travel expenses (incl. insurance for accident & personal liability) to Germany and back home after the completion of the programme
  • Health insurance
  • Preparatory German Language Course (February/ March).

Are there other sources of funding?

Competition for the DAAD scholarship is very intense, we receive about 250 applications for only 6-8 scholarships that can be granted.

Applicants are thus adviced to also look into other sources of funding, i.e. the employer, the goverment of the home country and other funding organistions. You do have to apply for these on your own, MIDE cannot assist you. A good starting point to search for scholarships is the scholarship databaseprovided by the DAAD.

Please note that HTW Berlin does not offer scholarships for students.


DAADHelmut-Schmidt-Programme (Masters Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance) Call for applications 2021

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme – DAAD

The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for Master’s Scholarship in Public Policy and Good Governance has a current call for applications for the 2020-2021 season targeting developing countries.

Helmut-Schmidt-Programme Objective

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of good governance and to prepare them in a practice-oriented course for their professional life.

Very good graduates with a first university degree get the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance to the social, political and economic development of their home country.

The knowledge and experience acquired in Germany should enable the scholar- ship holders to later contribute to the establishment of democratically ori- ented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions.

With this programme, DAAD intends to support the good governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.

Who Can Apply

The scholarship programme is open to graduates from developing countries (see list of countries) in the field of social sciences, political sci- ences, law, economics and in public administration.

Target Group for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 

The programme is open for very well qualified graduates with a first univer- sity degree (bachelor or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries or regions.

It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

What is fundable?

• Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected master´s programmes at German institutions of higher education listed below.
• The study programmes are usually starting in Sep/Oct 2021 and are taught in German and/or English.
• contributions to health insurance in Germany
• appropriate travel allowance
• study and research subsidy
• monthly rent subsidy where applicable
• allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable
• 6-months-German language course from April 2021 up to the end of September 2021. The language course takes place at selected in- stitutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected master´s programmes. The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English.

Due to its blended-learning-concept the following special conditions are laid down to finance the study programme “Analysis and design of social protection systems”:
• During the online semester in your home country or another developing country DAAD provides a sur-place-rate of 500 EUR.

  • Allowances for spouses and/or children are not applicable, as far as the programme includes study-phases in Germany and in your home country.

The scholarship holders are offered a special tutoring at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events.

DAAD-scholarship holders within the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are ex- empted from tuition fees.

Requirements for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme 

Main DAAD selection criteria:
• Academic degree with far above average results (upper third)
• language skills (every university has different language proficiency requirements)
• political and social engagement
• a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motiva- tion for the study project in Germany
• expected benefit when returning to the home country or region

Most recent university degree should be obtained in the last six years
prior to the application for the scholarship.
Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered as eligible.

All master´s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants in any case.

Application Processes

Applications must be submitted in German or English.

Please indicate that you are applying for the DAAD Helmut-Schmidt- Programme (Master’s scholarships for Public Po-licy and Good Gov- ernance).

You are allowed to submit your application for up to two master`s courses

listed below.

 Step One

Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholar- ships (annex 2) only once making clear which study course is your first and which is your second priority.

Step Two

Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second priority choice.

Step Three

Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanied with the necessary documents listed below to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send it to DAAD.

Documents Required

The necessary documents are:

  • DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholar- ships (hand-signed, but electronically edited)
  • Hand-signed and dated motivation letter (one single letter for both universities) containing a precise description of the applicants’ aca- demic/professional and personal reasons for choosing those mas- ter´s programmes and universities (two pages maximum)
  • Hand-signed and dated full curriculum vitae including information about the precise field of your studies, your political and social en- gagement and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copy of acquired Academic Degrees (certified translation if neces- sary, please attach an explanation of the grading system)
  • Copy of the transcript of records (certified translation if necessary)
  • Recent language certificates (German and/or English)
  • One letter of recommendation, signed and recently dated by your university professor or current employer, supplemented by an official letterhead, and stamp (not in a sealed envelope)

If applicable certificates of employment to support relevant profes- sional experience mentioned in your CV by documentary evidence

Application Deadline

The application period at all 8 universities lasts from June 1st to July 31st, 2020.

Please submit only legible copies of your documents.

Please consider that illegible documents can lead to a formal rejection.

In case your application has been sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be ac- cepted.

Applications sent to the DAAD will not be forwarded to the respective course/university. They become property of the DAAD and will not be re- turned. The applicant has no right to claim for reimbursement.

In case your application is sent to more than two universities or if non-specific priorities are given your application will not be accepted.

Only complete applications can be accepted.

If you fail to follow the given procedures, you will be excluded from the application process.

Selection Process

In October/November 2020 a selection committee consisting of university professors and DAAD representatives meets and suggests potential candi- dates for a DAAD scholarship.

Afterwards the suggested candidates are contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.

Important: Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be up- loaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholar- ship!

The selection process will be finalized. All applicants will be informed at the end of the selection process – approx. by the end of December 2020.  

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DAAD Scholarships for M.Phil. Development Management in UDS 2020/2021

DAAD Scholarships for M.Phil. Development Management

The University for Development Studies (UDS) invites applications for admission and DAAD Scholarships for M.Phil. Development Management Programme for the 2020/2021 Academic Year under the West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) at the University for Development Studies, Wa Campus

To be admitted into the DAAD Scholarships for M.Phil. Development Management Programme , applicants MUST have at least:

  1. A first degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in a relevant field from a recognized institution of higher learning or its equivalent in a relevant discipline;
  2. For candidates who wish to apply for DAAD scholarship, a first degree with a minimum of Second Class Upper Division in a relevant field from a recognized institution of higher learning. Note that your first degree certificate should NOT be more than Six (6)
  3. A minimum of two (2) years Post National Service (PNS) working experience in a relevant field is required for admission into the Programme.
  4. Candidates applying for a DAAD Scholarship should include an application letter and explain their motivation for applying for Scholarship.
  • Pass a Selection Interview (face to face interview or telephone interview for foreign applicants).


All Ghanaian and foreign applicants for the 2020/2021 academic year admissions are required to use the UDS online application portal. The procedure for the online application process is as follows:

  1. For Ghanaian Candidates Applicants are to purchase from the Bank an E- Voucher from any of the following Banks (Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), Prudential Bank, Zenith Bank, Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Stanbic bank and Ecobank branches throughout Ghana) and use the E- voucher number to complete the application form on the UDS online portal (
  2. For foreign students, the Faculty will procure E-Vouchers and you will be given the number to proceed with your applications online in your various countries. If you intend to apply, kindly contact the Faculty Officer (email: or +233- 204088762 or +233-242268953)
  • In completing the online form, students will be required to upload their most recent passport size photographs with white background and relevant certificates
  1. A completed form is not considered until it is SUBMITTED (click on submit to submit your application)
  2. Applicants are advised to check thoroughly all details entered before finally submitting their online applications. A form, once submitted, can be viewed, but cannot be
  3. Applicants must print out three copies of the application summary; attach

results slips, certificates and all other relevant documents to each form. Three reference letters are also required (at least, two of the referees should be familiar with applicants’ academic work). Candidates must also attach a synopsis of their thesis proposal (maximum five (5) pages) as part of the application.

  1. Ghanaian applicants are strongly advised to use express courier service – EMS for submission of their applications and documents (see viii). The application documents specified above should be addressed to:

The Deputy Registrar Academic & Students’ Affairs University for Development Studies

P.O Box TL 1350 Tamale

  1. Foreign applicants should also post three sets of the application documents mentioned in (vi) by express mail to the same address in (vii). For the purpose of clarity, foreign candidates should post their application documents to:

The Deputy Registrar Academic & Students’ Affairs University for Development Studies

P.O Box TL 1350 Tamale

All applicants (foreign and Ghanaian) should send a scanned copy of the application form and all documents in (vi) above to the Senior Administrative Assistant, West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC- SRT), through this email: or and copy the Faculty Officer through this It is important that scanned copies of your application are mailed as a single pdf file to the designated officers to support the application process

Deadline for Applications: Deadline for submission of applications is JUNE 30, 2020.

For further enquiries contact the following numbers during working hours – 8am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday: Tel. +233-204811477 or +233-504447275 or

+233 249843775 Email: mueen7@yahoo.comor

Download scholarship details by clicking on the link below:

DAAD Scholarships 2020_2021 M_Phil Dev_ Mgt.pdf (NEW)