DAAD Agriculture Economics PhD Scholarships for African Students

The DAAD Agriculture Economics PhD Scholarships is part of a bigger program by the German Academic Exchange Service’s aim for fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

If you think this program is the right fit for you, don’t hesitate to learn more below!

Application deadline: December 15, 2021

Benefits of the Agriculture Economics PhD Scholarships

Fully-funded scholarships are available for up to a maximum of three years under this scheme, initially granted for one year and may be extended upon individual request and receipt of a complete application by using forms to be provided. The duration of the PhD program is 3 years.

The DAAD, also known as Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (English translation: German Academic Exchange Service) offers PhD scholarships as part of its “In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Program.” The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is funding the program, which is aimed first and foremost at university employees, without forgetting the public sector’s desire for academically prepared personnel.

The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Program supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development. Graduates and postgraduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa with a master’s degree who want to pursue a PhD in Agriculture Economics are welcome to take the opportunity either:

  • in their home country (In-Country scholarships are aimed at students who study in their home country or in the country for which they have a residence permit.)
  • in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study program in a country of their home region (here: Kenya/outside their home country). 

Eligibility Criteria for African Students

In order to qualify for the DAAD Agriculture Economics PhD Scholarships, applicants must meet the following criteria set by DAAD themselves:

  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university Master’s degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have generally completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme
  • Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
  • Please note: AERC might have additional requirements for admission to the institution. 

How to Apply for a DAAD Scholarship

Interested applicants must submit their applications for admission directly to the respective host universities. Application procedures can be obtained from the respective university websites. Upon receipt of an admission letter, temporary admission letter or letter assuring admission from the specific university, the applicant should apply for scholarship by submitting the following documents via the designated website not later than Dec 15, 2021.

  • Signed curriculum vitae; please use the Europass CV template (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)
  • A signed copy of the DAAD Information Sheet for Students
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified copies of all university transcripts
  • At least temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission
  • Letter of motivation (Maximum 2 pages)
  • For faculty members, a reference letter from the Head of Department as a proof of employment (original
  • PhD proposals which must demonstrate relevance to agricultural development
  • Two (2) recommendation letters from academic referees who are at least Senior Lecturer in rank.

For more information about the scholarship program, please visit the official DAAD webpage.

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