“In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme“
Call for Scholarship Applications 2019 at Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) in Senegal
Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Application Closing Date for DAAD-applications (for pre-selected candidates only): 6th August 2019
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 PhD studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and / or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:
- Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development- related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities
To achieve these long term impacts, the following outcomes have been formulated as programme objectives:
Programme objective 1: Graduates have qualified to take over responsible positions in their, or for their, region of origin
Programme objective 2: The participation of women and underprivileged groups is reinforced
Programme objective 3: Organizational, financial and personal capacities of partner institutions are strengthened
As part of the „In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme“, DAAD offers scholarships for PhD and Master studies. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.
The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub- Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a PhD programme who want to pursue Master’s and PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Saharan Africa country (In-Region scholarships).
It has been agreed upon that DAAD cooperates with Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) by offering up to 1 In-Country and 2 In-Region scholarships for PhD studies and up to 1 In-Country and 3 In-Region scholarships for Masters at Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS).
- have successfully completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (PhD candidates) with above average results (second class upper division)
- clearly show motivation and strong commitment
- have thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
- have 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-Saharan African country
- should generally be a) staff member of a public or private university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector or d) DAFI-Alumni (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative)
Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme.
Master’s and PhD scholarships are initially granted for one year and can be extended to upon receipt of an application for extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted.
The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.
The scholarships at CERAAS are available in the following fields:
- Plant Breeding
- Plant Health
Place of tenure :
Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS), BP3320; Thìes Escale, Senegal
- of the PhD programme is generally up to four years
- of the Master programme is generally up to two years generally starting in December
The application process contains two steps. Please be aware of the two different deadlines.
First step (Application at CERAAS):
Applicants must apply for their studies at Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) has set its own deadlines.
CERAAS will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short- list the applicants. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also be availed to DAAD. The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution.
DAAD reserves the right of final selection.
Second step (DAAD application):
Centre d’Études Régional pour L’Amélioration de l’Adaptation à la Sécheresse (CERAAS) will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link to the DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal,register themselves and submit an DAAD application. DAAD Deadline: 6th August 2019
Documents to be submitted:
- DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal) : you can download it here
- Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.cedefop. Europa.eu), including a list of publications (if applicable).
- Recommendation letter by university lecturer (Master: 1, PhD: 2)
- Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
- Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
- Copy of the passport or national identity card
PhD candidates have to submit the following additional documents:
- Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor
- Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and time table (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
- Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal
|The scholarship covers:|
|once at the
beginning of study year
|the regularly charged amount|
|Study and research allowance||annually||920 EUR (PhD)
460 EUR (Master)
|once at the end of studies||800 EUR (PhD)
400 EUR (Master)
Monthly Scholarship (Accommodation, Food etc.)
(PhD In-Country) 550 EUR
300 EUR (Master In- Country)
450 EUR (Master In- Region)
Travel allowance (In-Region only)
|twice (beginning/ end of studies)||The flat rate travel allowance will be specified in the letter of award|
The scholarship will either be disbursed by the host institution, the German Embassy or will be paid directly to the scholarship holder´s banking account. Further details will be announced after admission to the scholarship programme.
DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research stay in Germany for 3 up to 6 months. Please note: The short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application for the regular scholarship and can only be awarded if the necessary financial means are available.
The short-term research scholarship includes:
- a monthly scholarship payment for living costs which amounts to 1.200 (PhD students) EUR and 850 EUR (Master students) per month
- health/accident/personal liability insurance
- a flat-rate travel allowance
All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.
Contact and advice :
Programme Officer, Section ST32 Africa DAAD Bonn