Fully Funded Master's Degree Scholarships in Germany from DAAD 2020

Date limite : 31 août 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: DAAD

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Fully Funded Master's Degree Scholarships in Germany from DAAD 2020

DAAD is offering master's scholarships for international students for the academic year 2020, this scholarship program offers the applicant the opportunity to continue his academic education in Germany with a postgraduate course of study. 


  • Excellently-qualified graduates who have completed a first degree (Bachelor, Diplom, or comparable academic degree) at the latest by the time they commence their scholarship-supported study program.
  • For applicants from artistic disciplines and the field of architecture, the DAAD offers subject-specific scholarship programs.

Eligible Programs:

Participation in a postgraduate program after a first undergraduate course of study for the purpose of technical or scientific specialization. Specifically, the following is supported:

  • a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed at a state or state-recognized university in Germany.
  • or the first or second year of study at a state or state-recognized German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country or in another foreign country; recognition of the academic achievements rendered in Germany must be guaranteed. The standard period of study of the postgraduate or Master's degree program should not be exceeded as a result of the study year in Germany.

Duration of the Funding:

For a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in Germany:

  • between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study program.
  • The scholarships are awarded for the duration of the standard period of study for the chosen study program (up to a maximum of 24 months). To receive further funding after the first year of study for 2-year courses, proof of academic achievements thus far should indicate that the study program can be successfully completed within the standard period of study.
  • Applicants who are already in Germany in the first academic year of a 2-year postgraduate or Master's program at the time of their application may apply for a scholarship for the second year of study. In this case, it is not possible to extend the scholarship.

For a study period in Germany as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree completed in a foreign country:

  • usually one academic year; an extension is not possible.

The scholarship usually begins on 1st October, or earlier if the student takes a language course prior to the study program.

Scholarship Value:

  • Scholarship payments of 861 euros a month.
  • Payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Travel allowance.
  • One-off study allowance.

Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy.
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of the family.

Note: To enable scholarship holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers several services to help the students in language courses fees.

Selection criteria:

Academic qualification (documented by certificates, reference, curriculum vitae, language certificate):

  • Academic achievements and duration of studies.

Quality of the study project (documented by a letter of motivation, information about the preferred Master’s program, reference, proof of language proficiency, if applicable, letter of admission from the German host university):

  • Quality of project presentation and preparation (preliminary information, contact with host institution).
  • Reasons for choosing Germany (academic and personal reasons for the planned study project, choice of the host institution).
  • Integration of the stay in the academic career and the connection with academic or professional perspectives.

Additional criteria (documented by curriculum vitae, if applicable, certificates):

  • Additional knowledge and skills (e.g. through professional or voluntary activities, further training).
  • Involvement in academic self-governance, higher education policy issues.
  • Political, social, cultural, family (parental leave or care periods, etc.), a social commitment.


  • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline.
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.
  • Notification of admission from the German host university for the desired degree course; please note that the applicant himself is responsible for ensuring that he apply for admission at the host university by the due date. If notification of admission is not yet available at the time of application, it must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study begins. A Scholarship Award Letter from the DAAD is only valid if the applicant has been admitted to study at the desired host university.
  • If the degree program includes a study period or work placement abroad lasting several months, funding for this period abroad is usually only possible under the following conditions:
  1. The study visit is essential for the achievement of the scholarship objective.
  2. The study period is no longer than a quarter of the scholarship period. Longer periods cannot be funded, even partially.
  3. The study period does not take place in the home country.
  • The applicant should note that the average of his Bachelor certificate should be at least 80 percent (i.e. "very good" or "good").
  • Proof of language abilities, not older than 2 years (for English: TOEFL iBT min. 79, IELTS min. 6,5; TOEFL home edition or IELTS indicator (online test) are accepted).
  • The required language level depends on the applicant's study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences, and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.

About DAAD:

The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD is the largest German support organization in the field of international academic co-operation. Founded in 1925, the DAAD is the world's largest funding organization for the students and researchers. Its members are German institutions of Higher Education as well as student bodies. Its activities include the awarding of grants and scholarship but also the internationalization of German universities, the promotion of German studies and language abroad, and assisting and advising decision-makers in developing countries on establishing effective universities as well as on matters of education and development policy.

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