Internal scholarship applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 31st, annually

External funding applicants
Deadlines vary


BIGS-DR coordination team
Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin


Internal scholarship

Online registration for internal scholarship applicants: open

Candidates from developing countries and emerging economies (see list of eligible countries) can apply for a scholarship provided by the Development-Related Postgraduate Course program (EPOS) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These scholarships are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and are made available for applicants at BIGS-DR. Applicants of this scholarship should adhere to the BIGS-DR application instructions and need only submit one copy of their application PDF file to BIGS-DR via email.

Applicants applying for this internal scholarship must include a copy of the DAAD scholarship form, which can be downloaded here, from the DAAD website, the German embassies or DAAD offices worldwide. For more information, please consult the DAAD brochure. Please take note of the following information:

  • A prerequisite for applying for this DAAD scholarship is having at least two years of relevant professional experience.

  • Academic degrees should not be more than 6 years old.

    Exceptions are made under the following circumstances, which may have a delaying effect on an academic career. Please contact the doctoral program management team, if  exceptional circumstances apply.
    • pregnancy and childbirth
    • child care (3 years per child)
    • care of dependent relatives
    • disability or chronic illness
    • long, serious illness
    • compulsory military service

    • Applicants who have been in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of application are ineligible to apply.

    • When filling in the DAAD form, select "Scholarship for a postgraduate course with relevance to developing countries".

    • Please make sure that you include the DAAD scholarship form and the BIGS-DR application form in your BIGS-DR application PDF file. It is not necessary to send any copies to DAAD

    Special DAAD requirements

    Special prerequisites for DAAD scholarship applicants with degrees from China:

    Applications with academic certificates from China must be submitted via the academic test centerat the German Embassy in Beijing or Shanghai, where the academic certificates have to be verified (Dokumentenprüfung).