The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as a publicly funded, self-governing organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany, promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes.

The purpose of the programme is to provide opportunities to post-doctoral researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct, under the guidance of their host institutions, co-operative research at a German university or other research institutions. The programme is designed to augment opportunities for researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Please note that short term visits for study and training purposes or for attending conferences are not eligible for sponsorship.

DAAD is offering approximately 10 fellowships.

Fellowship Announcement

Who can apply?

Applications may come from all subject areas with strong relevance to national or regional development.

What can be funded?

The fellowships are tenable in any university or research institution in Germany.

Duration of the funding

The awards are tenable for a period of two to six months and are not renewable.


The fellowship consists of:
  • An adequate travel lump sum
  • A research lump sum of EUR 600,--
  • A monthly allowance of EUR 1.400,--
  • Accident, liability and health insurance


The objective for fellows is to undertake research during the tenure of the award. The project should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate's doctoral research project. That means:
  • The fellowship should advance the candidate's research profile
  • The host and the candidate must have established close communication and devised a concrete research plan
  • The implementation of the fellowship should contribute to promoting exchange between German and Sub-Saharan African universities.

What requirements must be met?

Applicants have to
  • be alumni of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the “In-Region / In-Country Scholarship Programme”.
  • have completed their PhD degree less than six years ago.
  • hold an academic position at a university or research institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • be invited by a German host institution (please note: DAAD does not find or introduce host institutions.)
  • be nationals of a Sub-Saharan African country.

At the end of the fellowhip the fellow has to provide a detailed report on the findings of the teaching and give further information on future co-operation and academic activities.

Application documents

  • Online application form, duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal).
  • Curriculum vitae (please use the europass specimen form at www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu), including list of publications (if applicable).
  • Letter of invitation from a German host institution.
  • Research proposal (at least 5 pages) including detailed time and work plan which must have been arranged in advance with the host researcher in Germany.
  • Confirmation from a German professor stating that she /he will host the applicant during the stay
  • 2 recommendation letters by academic referees
  • PhD certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate).
  • Master's certificate (certified as true copy of the original certificate).

Application deadline

Applications can be handed in at any time, but at least four months before the intended visit in Germany.

Application location

German Academic Exchange Service
Section ST32 - Africa
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Information and advisory centres

For consultation with DAAD, please contact:
Hellen Sahlmann (sahlmann@daad.de)

More detailed information

Please note:
To submit an application on the DAAD Portal, please use a desktop or laptop computer as the site’s full functionality is not available on mobile devices. Technical requirements

General information on the application via DAAD portal

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see "Application procedure")
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. References are confidential and should not be read by the applicant. The unopened envelope should be enclosed with the printed "Application summary" generated in the portal (see Item 4). Please note: If the call for proposals requires you to send several copies of your application by post to the application address (see "Application documents" in the section "Application procedure"), you will also need several copies of your reference in several envelopes, which you must then enclose with your printed "Application summary".

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)
  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

Sending application documents by post
Submit the printed "Application summary" – if necessary with several copies (see "Application procedure/Application documents") by post. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed "Application summary" – except the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample if applicable!
Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. "Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)".

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-8888 or via e-mail portal@daad.de, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Germany For Former DAAD In-Region/In-Country Scholarship Holders from Sub-Saharan Africa, 2020

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