Candidates can opt for a traditional PhD by research with a German supervisor, whom they must identify themselves, or participate in a structured PhD programme on offer at a German university. In this case, candidates must identify a PhD programme and apply to the programme in good time.
Funding can be awarded for three – four years.
This scholarship is highly competitive. Candidates are advised to start their application a year before the deadline. Time must be factored in for the identification of a German supervisor or PhD programme in Germany and to prepare a convincing PhD proposal.
Who can apply?
Fields of Study
The scholarship can be taken up for all fields.
No tuition fees are charged in Germany for PhD studies in Germany. The scholarship covers living costs, travel and health insurance for the scholarship holder.
A letter of invitation from a German supervisor or a letter of acceptance into a PhD programme in Germany is needed for the DAAD funding application. Candidates must identify their own supervisor or PhD programme in Germany. The DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg (contact details below) can be contacted for more information.
The DAAD funding application is online through the DAAD application portal. More details can be founded under the links below.
The DAAD Information Centre Johannesburg can be contacted for support, advice and information: