MA Programmes

Masters programmes in Germany

Masters programmes in South Africa and the region of Sub-Saharan Africa

Masters programmes in Germany

Masters in social, political and economic studies – Master’s in Public Policy and Good Governance

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 praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers excellent graduates, who have a university degree, 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. With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany, the scholarship holders will be able contribute to the establishment of democratically oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions. In addition, the training at German institutions of higher education should especially qualify the scholarship holders as partners in political and economic cooperation with Germany.

With this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the support of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions. Applicants must apply for one of the listed Masters programmes which have been pre-selected by the DAAD. The application deadline, with the complete set of application papers, is usually by 31 July each year.

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DAAD DaF Masters at the Ludwig-Maximilian University and Bielefeld University

The DAAD funds Deustch als Fremdsprache (DaF) Masters programmes at Ludwig- Maximilian University in Munich and Bielefeld University. The programme aims at developing professionally trained young German language teachers, and the establishment of teaching and research capacities in German as a Foreign Language at South African departments of German Studies. The deadline for both programmes is generally around June each year.

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Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development

The main goal of the postgraduate programmes is to promote the higher qualification of young, employed professionals in fields of particular relevance to their home country. This next generation elite are offered the opportunity to acquire an internationally recognized university degree in Germany. When these scholarship holders return to their home countries, ideally back to the same organizations or government agencies, the knowledge that they acquired during the postgraduate course should put them in the position to contribute toward the further development of their countries. The university degree acquired in Germany thereby fills the formal requirement allowing programme participants to move into decision-making positions after the completion of their studies.

Target Group

Young professionals (generally no older than 36 years old) with:

  • a first academic degree, AND
  • several years of work experience in a governmental ministry, central agency, or subordinate authority, in a chamber of commerce and industry, an enterprise, or business, or as the employee of an NGO or development cooperation project.

The application deadlines depend on your chosen course and where you decide to submit your application.

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Masters programmes in South Africa and the region of Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarships for Post-Graduate Studies at African Centers of Excellence or Scientific Networks

The programme is aimed at university staff development in the first line without neglecting other public sector demands for academically trained personnel. Consequently, preference is given to young university staff members or candidates considered for teaching/research staff recruitment. Applications from female candidates are encouraged. These scholarships address postgraduate students from a Sub-Saharan African country who want to pursue their degree at an African university or centre outside their home country.


  • ANSTI/Kenya: African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions
  • ICIPE/Kenya: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
  • NAPRECA/Kenya: Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa
  • CERAAS/Senegal: Centre d‘Etudes Régional pour l‘Amélioration de l‘Adaptation à la Sécheresse
  • CESPAM/Botswana: Centre of Specialization in Public Administration and Management
  • CHR/South Africa: Centre for Human Rights Law in Africa
  • CEPACS/Nigeria: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • AIMS/South Africa: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • ACMS/South Africa: African Centre for Migration and Society
  • IWM/Kenya: Integrated Watershed Management
  • AAEEN/Kenya: African Agricultural Economics Education Network
  • PTCI/Burkina: Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaire
  • CESAG/Senegal: Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion
  • ILRI/Kenya: International Livestock Research Institute
  • IMSP/Benin: Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques
  • 2iE/Burkina: Institut International d’Ingénieurs de l’Eau et de L’Environnement

Please contact the networks directly for the application requirements.

DAAD-NRF In-Country scholarship

As part of the “In-Country Scholarship Programme”, in which more than two dozen African universities and university networks participate and which annually supports hundreds of African postgraduates, DAAD in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) offers scholarships for postgraduate studies at South African universities. The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the NRF.

The scholarship is aimed at university staff development in the first instance, without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel. The programme addresses candidates who plan on acquiring a master’s or doctoral degree at a South African university.

Applicants may come from all fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country. Fields include: the natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, and applied social sciences. Humanities and fine arts are excluded from this programme. However, Humanities applications may be considered if the research has a social focus.

Preference is given to young South African or permanent resident university staff members or candidates considered for teaching /research staff recruitment, either for their own university or any other institution of higher education in South Africa. The application deadline is in August each year.

Masters in German studies in South Africa - Scholarships for university students reading German Studies

The DAAD offers 1 year scholarships for postgraduate students reading German Studies at South African universities. The scholarships are available at Honours, Masters and PhD level. Applications are made through the German Department at each university.