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DAAD/CERAAS Masters and PhD Scholarships 2020 for sub-Saharan African Students – Senegal

The target group for scholarships are 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-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships).

Field of Study: The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme Scholarships supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.

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About German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

DAAD scholarship in Germany is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany, representing 365 German higher education institutions (100 universities and technical universities, 162 general universities of applied sciences, and 52 colleges of music and art) [2003]. The DAAD itself does not offer programs of study or courses, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. It also awards grants to German... read more


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DAAD-CERAAS Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of DAAD-CERAAS Masters Scholarship

  1. The scholarship covers Tuition, Travel, Study and Research allowance, Monthly living and accommodation allowance as well as a Final allowance.
  2. DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research grant in Germany for 2 up to 6 months. Please note: The short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application for the regular scholarship.

The short-term research scholarship includes:

  1. a monthly scholarship payment for living costs which amounts to 1.000 € per month
  2. health/accident/personal liability insurance
  3. a flat-rate travel allowance

All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.


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Requirements for DAAD-CERAAS Masters Scholarship Qualification

  1. have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (second class upper division)
  2. clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  3. have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  4. have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  5. must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country
  6. should generally be a) staff member of a public or private university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector or d) DAFI-Alumni (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative)

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.


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Documents Required for Application

Documents to be submitted in English:

  1. DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  2. Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.Europa.eu), including a list of publications (if applicable). 
  3. Recommendation letter by university teachers (Master 1, PhD 2)
  4. Letter of admission for the host university
  5. Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts 
  6. Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  7. Copy of the passport
  8. if applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee


Application Deadline

June 2, 2020


How to Apply

The application process contains two steps. Please be aware of the two application deadlines. First step: Applicants must apply for their studies at Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) has set its own deadlines.

Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and shortlist the applicants. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also be availed to DAAD. The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution. DAAD reserves the right of final selection.

Second step: Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link to the DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application. DAAD Deadline: June 2, 2020

For more details, visit DAAD-CERAAS  website



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