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DAAD tenders international centres for climate and health research

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is tendering a total of eight interdisciplinary “Global Centres” to tackle global challenges. Four centres are to be set up to conduct research into climate issues and another four for research into health and pandemic issues. The German Federal Foreign Office (AA) is providing funding of some EUR 22 million up until 2025 for the establishment of the centres.

For details of the tender, see
Global Centres for Health and Pandemic Provision
Global Centres for Climate and Environment  

Also, more details can be found here

Application deadline

Expression of interest: 19 November 2020
Application for project funding: 23 February 2021

In case of questions, please contact

Benjamin Schmäling
Head of Section, Transnational Education Projects in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
+49 228 882-8717


Michael Flacke
Head of Press Office / Press Officer – SB03
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
+49 228 882-454

Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub

We are excited to share a new Planetary Health learning and networking opportunity for Eastern Africa with you today - The Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub.

The Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub aims to stimulate regional community building, provide education for transformative action and push for strategic policy-making in the face of the greatest health emergency of our time.

To initiate our activities, they are launching an online lecture series on planetary health on November 5th with an introductory lecture by Sam Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, and Melvine Otieno, founder of the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub. To register for the lectures, please visit their website: https://pheah.org/activities/

University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates


This programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German (general language, special language) and their cultural knowledge of the country.

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to students in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in any subject area.
  • Bachelor students must have completed at least two academic years at the start of the scholarship period.

What can be funded?

  • The programme funds attendance of language and area studies courses as well as special language / terminology courses that are offered by state or state-recognised German universities and by affiliated language schools.
  • You can find out about course providers and programmes on the DAAD website under: www.daad.de/hsk-kursliste.
  • The courses are taught exclusively in German.


Duration of the funding

  • The courses run for at least 18 teaching days (max. 5 days/week, excluding days of arrival and departure) with a minimum of 25 hours of teaching a week.
  • The grants are non-renewable.
  • The courses usually take place in the period from June to November.


  • One-off scholarship payment of 1,061 euros; scholarship holders from "Least Developed Countries" receive a scholarship of 1,236 euros.
  • Payment of a country-specific travel allowance (exception: Western Europe), see: travel allowance.The overview valid for 2021 will be published soon.
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover.
  • Please note:
    Course fees and accommodation expenses are usually deducted directly from scholarship payments by the language course provider so that the grant holder is possibly paid only the difference to the full amount of the scholarship by the course provider.
    The above mentioned payments (including travel allowance) will not be transferred abroad.


  • A selection committee reviews applications
  • The most important selection criteria are:
    - previous academic achievements
    - convincing motivation for choice of study programme and subject

How to apply

You can find more details on how to apply here

In-Country/ In-Region Scholarship Programmes Eastern Africa


The programme 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.

Who can apply?

The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree (Master’s courses) or a Master’s degree (PhD 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-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study programme in a country of their home.

What is supported?

Master and PhD scholarships studies at 16 participating host and networks within Eastern African Region.

This programme strongly encourages mobility of Sub-Saharan Africans within the region. We therefore strongly recommend applicants to apply to institutions outside their home countries. Please refer to the call for scholarship applications for 2021 for the Eastern African institutions here.

If interested in studying as an in-country/in-region student in another Sub-Saharan Africa region (West and Central Africa or Southern African region), more information about the programmes available and participating institutions can be found here. 

Application requirements

Applicants must meet the following DAAD criteria:

  • have successfully completed generally a three-year Bachelor’s degree (Master candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)


  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university Master’s degree (doctoral candidates) with above average results (at least: Second Class/Upper Division if applicable)
  • clearly show motivation and strong commitment
  • have 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
  • must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Sahara African country
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector and/or d) Alumni of the DAFI-programme

Refer to the Call for Scholarship Applications 2021 for additional requirements and documents to be submitted.

Application Procedure

The application process contains two steps. Please be aware of the DAAD application deadline as well as host institution’s deadline.

Applicants must first apply for the scholarship via the DAAD portal. Applicants are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application. Please refer to the Call for Application 2021 for the specific link to the funding programme in the DAAD portal.

Parallel to this process, applicants must at the same time apply for admission at the selected host institution using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institution/universities have set their own deadlines. Please inform yourself about the respective admission processes and deadlines at the host institution. Reach out to the institution’s website or contact person at the host institution for more information.

More information on how to register via the DAAD portal can be found here.

Programme information and DAAD Application Deadline:

Your complete application must reach the DAAD by  15 December 2020.

Call for applications can be found here.

Duration of funding

The duration of the Master programme is generally two years and for PhD programme is generally three years (regular period of studies). Please check with the selected host institutions the exact start dates of the programme.

Value of the scholarship

  • University tuition fees
  • research allowance (once a year)
  • monthly stipend
  • travel allowance (in-region only)
  • health insurance (in-region only)
  • and the possibility of a study visit of up to 6 months to Germany within the period of the scholarship.

More information

For questions related to the programme, please see our Frequently Asked Questions for the in-country/in-region scholarship programme 2021 intake here.

We are also planning a series of web seminars on the scholarship application for the in-country/in-region scholarship programme Eastern Africa 2021 where you can find more information. Please click here to see the next appointments.

Study in Germany – Virtual Fair on Online Studies


Meet German universities online

Friday, November 27, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. EAT

Personal contacts, particularly at international level, are currently very limited worldwide. We are hopeful and convinced that we will overcome this crisis together.

International exchange remains an important pillar for the world of tomorrow and thus Germany will continue to be an open country and welcome students from all over the world.

Currently, online communication plays an important role even at universities. So online degree courses with students from all over the world provides the opportunity to gain an international degree.

Visit the Virtual Fair on Online Studies and see what German universities have to offer.

First, German universities will hold presentations. Here you can see which universities will be participating in the Virtual Fair.

Afterwards, they will be happy to answer your questions and to provide you with detailed information. You are also invited to watch some videos about the institutions and the city/region in which they are located.

The event takes place on November 27, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EAT.
From 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EAT, all institutions on the list will first have the opportunity to introduce themselves with a 10-minute presentation on study opportunities and special offers to support international students. The lectures will be held in the order given.
Afterwards the representatives are ready to answer your questions via chat at their virtual booth.
Please register for the event here

Additional information

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