DAAD_AERC In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Program 2021 (Fully-funded)

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DAAD in cooperation with AERC calls for Call for Scholarship applications 2021 at African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

The AERC program is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The target group for scholarships is graduates and postgraduates from SubSaharan Africa with a Master’s degree who want to pursue Ph.D. courses, either;

  • in their home country (In-Country scholarships are aimed at students who study in their home country or in the country for which they have a residence permit.)
  • in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study program in a country of their home region (here: Kenya/outside their home country).

The program aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development.

To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa. By training future academic and professional leaders, the program contributes to the following long-term impacts:

  • Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The short-term research scholarship includes:

  • Tuition Fees
  • a flat-rate travel allowance
  • a monthly scholarship payment for living costs
  • health/accident/personal liability insurance
  • Study and research allowance
  • Printing allowance.

Applicants must meet the following DAAD criteria:

  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university Master’s degree (doctoral candidates) with (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)
  • clearly show motivation and a strong commitment
  • have a thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have generally completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the program
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • should generally be:
  • a staff member of a public university,
  • a candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment,
  • from the public sector and/or
  • Alumni of the DAFI-programme
Application Process
  • Curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.Europa.eu), including a list of publications (if applicable).
  • DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Two letters of recommendation by university lecturers
  • Letter of admission from the host university/institution/network
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
  • Letter of motivation and a timetable
  • Copy of the passport
  • If available, information on the recognition of the university degree certificates in the host country
  • Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor or a commitment letter from the host institution that a supervisor will be assigned
  • Detailed and precise Ph.D. proposal, including detailed work and timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of the proposal.

For more information and application, visit the official site.