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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.
    Important: 
    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.

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