Programmes for Professionals

Programmes for Professionals

Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

These grants and scholarships aim to provide foreign academics and scientists working in higher education or at research institutes with an opportunity to carry out a research project at a state or state-recognized higher education institution or non-university research institute in Germany. Depending on the applicant's work schedule, the research stay will last between one and three months.

Applications for DAAD research stays are open to excellently-qualified academics and scientists who should generally hold a doctorate. All applicants must be working in higher education or at a research institute in their home country.

Application deadlines:

1 October –  for stays as of February of the following year                                                               

1 April –  for stays as of August

University Leadership Management Course (UNILEAD)

The English-instructed in-service training programme UNILEAD is offered as a blended learning course in university management for around 20 participants from Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is intended for junior advisors to university top leadership, (deputy) coordinators of Central University Departments (planning, evaluation, human resources development, budget, continuing education, International offices, technology transfer etc.), task force coordinators for university reform projects, and coordinators of staff development units or programmes. The participants have at least two years career experience and are usually between 30 and 40 years old. Core elements of the course include project management, finance management and human resources management as well as the development of individual reform projects. The course is highly practice-oriented and requires participants to play an active role.

Application deadline varies.

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 considered of particular relevance to the development of the 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 not 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.

Application deadline: there are various deadlines depending on your chosen course and where you decide to submit your application.