Funding for South Africans


Funding for South Africans


DAAD considers itself as a postgraduate funding organization and thus mostly offers scholarships for Masters, PhD and PostDoc Studies. However, for students in the field of German Studies, DAAD makes an exception since the support and promotion of German as a language of science is part of DAAD’s strategy and mandate.

All scholarships and individual programmes can be found in the data base:


Undergraduate Scholarships in German Studies: University Winter Courses

The DAAD offers students and graduates from South Africa a grant for an approximately six-week German Regional Studies Winter Course in January/February each year to improve their knowledge of the German language and culture.

For more information visit:>Winter Courses


Master programmes in Germany

Master 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. For more Information visit: > PPGG

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – for professionals (2 years work experience needed): 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. For more information visit: > EPOS

Masters programmes in South Africa

DAAD-NRF In-Country scholarship: As part of the In-Country Scholar­ship Programme, DAAD in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) offers scholarships for postgraduate studies at all South African universities in all fields. For more information visit:

Master Programme in 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 various fields. For more information visit:


PhD programmes in Germany

Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics and Scientists: Research grants provide young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out a research project or a course of continuing education and training at a German state or state-recognized higher education institution or non-university research institute. The DAAD offers a short term research grant (one to six months), a long term research grant (seven to ten months) and a full three year PhD programme. For more information visit:> Academics and Scientists

Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates within the Sandwich Model: Within the Sandwich scheme, PhD students carry out their research and studies alternately in their home country and in Germany, following a schedule set in advance and under continuous supervision by a German academic. The doctorate is obtained at the homeland university. For more information visit:>Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

PhD programmes in South Africa

DAAD-NRF In-Country scholarship : As part of the In-Country Scholarship Programme, DAAD in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) offers scholarships for postgraduate studies at South African universities. For more information visit:


Scholarships in the field of Architecture: These scholarships aim to provide applicants from the field of Design/Planning with a scholarship to complete a postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification, or a complementary course that does not lead to a final qualification at a state or state-recognised German university or in one of the appropriate study programmes at a university of applied sciences of your choice.

For more information visit:>Architects