15 December 2020|

Location: Germany|

University: University of Hohenheim|


A limited number of scholarships are available for outstanding AgEcon candidates from developing countries. These scholarships are provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under its special initiative “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses” (EPOS).

The DAAD initiative aims at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies. The typical scholarship holder will come either from a public authority or state or private company in a developing country and as such be engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policy.

Scholarship benefits

DAAD scholars will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 850 over the two-year AgEcon program period and will do a two-months intensive German language course before the program starts. The German language course is an integral part of the DAAD initiative. It takes place in the months of August and September at the Language Center of the University of Hohenheim.

Selection Criteria

The selection for the DAAD scholarships is highly competitive. Only developing country nationals with at least four years of full-time university education and an outstanding Bachelor’s degree can apply.
In addition to the general AgEcon entry requirements, scholarship applicants need to prove a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. The graduation from university should not be longer than 6 years ago.

Scholarship Application

Download, fill and sign the official  DAAD application form and make sure to prepare all required documents as described on the DAAD program website

Unlike stated in the DAAD scholarship application form, please scan and email the application for the DAAD scholarship (as PDF files) to [email protected].
Professors and employers can also be requested to email the “Letters of recommendation/reference”  to the same email address.
Please upload all the required application documents for admission into the AgEcon program (see admission requirements) and make sure to fill out the online application.

In addition to the documents required for AgEcon program admission, you have to describe your current work situation at the time of application and submit a letter of reference from your employer, confirming the exact duration of employment and, ideally, guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the AgEcon Master’s program.

To be considered for the DAAD scholarship, you MUST be currently employed! If you aren’t able to prove to us that you have at least the required 2 years of relevant professional work experience, then you are NOT qualified for the DAAD scholarship. In this case, you are advised to apply as a “self-sponsored” applicant. The requirement of two years of professional work experience refers to the time of the start of the scholarship period. This means that it is not absolutely necessary to have already completed two years of professional experience at the time of applying. However, these two years MUST be completed before you come to Germany. Applicants can prove work experience in a non-university related sector (government agency, government institutions, business, NGOs etc.).

Please note: Teaching and research at a university or another research institute are not considered professional experience by the DAAD (exception: PhD postgraduate courses).

The application deadline for DAAD scholarships is December 15 for the AgEcon program starting in October of the following year (note that the German language course for DAAD scholars starts in early August, as detailed above). We will not consider incomplete applications that reach the University of Hohenheim after December 15.

Even if your application is not selected for the DAAD scholarship, we will still consider it for the AgEcon program admission if all the required documents are included i.e. if your application is complete.

Furthermore, the number of scholarships available is much lower than the number of AgEcon applications that we receive per year. Applicants are therefore advised to start looking for other sources of funding/scholarships as soon as they have submitted their application.

Of course, AgEcon applicants (or prospective applicants) can also apply for scholarships other than the one described above. However, such other scholarship applications should be sent directly to the awarding organizations.

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