Fully funded Scholarships (Masters and PhD) for Developing Countries – Germany

Applications are invited from International students of developing countries for Fully funded Development-Related Postgraduate Course (EPOS) Scholarships to study development-related postgraduate courses (Masters and PhD) at selected universities in Germany.


Highly qualified local specialists who are interconnected with international partners play an important role in the development of their countries. They are pivotal for a better future with less poverty, more education, and better health for all.

However, many universities in developing countries are underfunded and overcrowded, and also the availability of top-level university lecturers and practice-oriented training programmes is often limited. It is against this backdrop that the DAAD created “development-related postgraduate courses” (EPOS), which are closely linked to practical experience. The program supports rigorously selected graduates from developing countries with Scholarships to study for an internationally competitive degree in Germany. These postgraduate courses have been going through discerning selection processes and have to reapply to the multi-institutional selection committee on a regular basis.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Monthly stipend of 850 Euros for graduates or 1,200 Euros for Doctoral candidates, depending on academic level
  • Payments towards Health, Accident and Personal Liability Insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

Eligible countries

Applicants from developing countries are eligible to apply for Fully funded Development-Related Postgraduate Scholarships (EPOS) on the list of eligible countries.

Eligible course

Applicants are required to apply for Individual Scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate courses in Germany that are listed on the “List of all Postgraduate courses with application deadlines”.


To be eligible for EPOS Scholarships, an applicant must:

  • Fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study program in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • The last academic degree (usually a Bachelor’s degree) should have been completed no longer than six years previously
  • Have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship


To apply for Fully funded Scholarships for Developing Countries (EPOS), an applicant must submit the following documents with DAAD application form:

  • Hand-signed Curriculum Vitae (please use the europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/)
  • Hand-signed letter of motivation (with reference to current occupation) maximum 02 pages
  • Academic letter/s of recommendation (the letters must have a letterhead, a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date)
  • Professional letter/s of recommendation from your employer (the letters must have a letterhead, a signature and office stamp and must be of recent date)
  • Confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and -if possible- a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home

EPOS scholarships link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: DAAD selected universities
Degree/Course: Masters and PhD
Deadline: Varies with eligible courses
Country: Germany
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