In just a few weeks, the pandemic triggered by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has led to the collapse of old certainties and securities in Germany, Europe and worldwide, to a daily life marked by numerous and massive restrictions and to an economic crisis on a global scale that was unthinkable just a short time ago.

Since its foundation, the DAAD has repeatedly adapted to new conditions. As a learning organisation, and in accordance with our motto “change by exchange”, we want to actively participate in shaping the changes.

Despite the difficult circumstances in the current pandemic, we also remain committed to serving potential students of German universities, our scholarship holders, alumni and partners, and introduced the following online opportunities to distribute information:

  • Our physical visiting hours moved online and take place every Thursday at 10 am EAT. You can send us an email to for further information.
  • We are introducing a series of webinars that inform about study and research in Germany, funding opportunities, learning German and other topics related to DAAD programmes.


Software note:

We use the software Adobe Connect for our online sessions.
With the following link, you can run a test to ensure that your computer and network connections are verified to provide you with the best possible Adobe Connect meeting experience.
We recommend you conduct this software test run once you decide you want to participate in one of our webinars. This ensures that you will be able to enter the virtual meeting room on time.


Visiting hours

We offer online visiting hours every Thursday, 10 – 11 am. See the dates below to book an appointment.


21 May 2020 – we are enjoying a public holiday and will be there for you next week.
28 May 2020, 10 – 11 am – please register here.
04 June 2020, 10 – 11 am – please register here.


Our webinars are live and interactive online sessions that give us the opportunity to come together virtually, share information and discuss questions immediately – all from the safety of our homes.

Webinar participation is free of charge. Please see the schedule for more information. Click the date to register.

Webinar schedule

DAAD Scholarship Programmes within Africa

20 May 2020, 2 pm E.A.T.

The In-Country/In-Region Scholarships for Postgraduates are open to African students and encourage mobility of Subsaharan Africans within the continent. The deadline for applications for the programmes that are offered in West and Southern Africa is on 2 June 2020 and we want to introduce these to students in the East African region.


DIES Programmes

27 May 2020, 2 pm E.A.T.

The DIES programme, which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and the German Rectors Conference (HRK), supports higher education institutions in developing and emerging countries to professionalise institutional management procedures and to improve the quality and relevance of study programmes.

One component is the DIES Training Courses. The webinar will specifically address the call for applications for the DIES training course on Management of Internationalisation which targets the heads of international offices and university managers responsible for coordinating international activities with a deadline of 8th June.

This webinar is designed for university managers to learn about the different offers in the DIES programme.


PhD in Germany (part 1)

3 June 2020, 2pm E.A.T.

The German doctorate enjoys an outstanding reputation in all disciplines. This webinar provides an overview to the different options and explains the formal requirements for pursuing a PhD in Germany. We will also outline different sponsorship and funding options.


We are going to add further dates with other exciting topics. Stay tuned!