DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies for All Academic Disciplines

DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies program gives you the chance to pursue a postgraduate degree in Germany as part of your academic career. German Federal Foreign Office provides funding for the scholarships. The program pays for a comprehensive postgraduate or Master’s degree program finished at a German public or state-recognized university.

Host CountryGermany
Host InstituteA university in Germany
Eligible NationalityAll
Duration10-24 months
Stipend 934 euros
Closing DateJune, July 2024
Closing Date01.12.2024
Summary of DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies for All Academic Disciplines
DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies for  All Academic Disciplines
DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies for All Academic Disciplines

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Benefits of DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies

  • A monthly scholarship award of 934 euros
  • Insurance premiums for health, accident, and personal liability
  • Travel Allowance
  • One-time study allowance (if you are from a DAC nation, you will receive a grant of € 260; otherwise, the grant is a flat rate of € 460)
  • Following the start of funding, you may be eligible to apply for the following further benefits:
    • Subsidized monthly rent
    • Monthly stipend for accompanying family members.
    • In the event of a disability or chronic illness: support for additional costs brought on by the condition that are not covered by other funding sources.kl

Eligible Degrees

The DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies program offers financial support for:

  • an entire postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed at a public or state-recognized university in Germany or
  • one year of study abroad as part of a second or Master’s degree earned at your home university. The standard requirement is that your home university accepts the academic credits you earn in Germany. Furthermore, the study year in Germany should not extend beyond the typical length of study at your home university.
  • a German Master’s program that has already begun at the time of the application deadline is not eligible for funding.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • If you have earned your first degree (a bachelor’s or diploma, for example) at the latest by the time the funding term starts, you are eligible to apply.
    • Generally, by the time of the application deadline, your university degree shouldn’t have been earned more than six years prior.
  • By the application deadline, you should not have lived in Germany for more than 15 months.
  • German is the language of teaching for all academic programs in Germany. English, or English plus German, is the language of instruction in international programs.
    • Any of the following certifications may be presented if English is the language of instruction: IELTS, ISE, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Essentials, TOEIC, PTE Academic, and onSET English are among the tests that can be taken.
  • You are in charge of seeing that your application for enrollment in the German university’s chosen study program is filed before the deadline.

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Documents/Material Required to Apply

The following material is required to apply for DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies:

  • an online application form
  • a complete resume in tabular form (no more than 3 pages)
  • if relevant, a maximum of a 10-page list of your publications
  • Your motivation letter (1-2 pages) should highlight your academic and personal goals for your proposed project in Germany.
  • A proposal that you have independently conceived and written, as well as a synopsis of related work (10 pages maximum overall).
  • Work timetable for planned research
  • confirmation from your German academic host, which must specify your research and attest to the host institute’s dedication to providing you with a workspace.
  • official university diploma including the grade(s) attained
  • German or English translations of documents filed in the national language


The deadline to apply for DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies is 01.12.2024. The selection date is April/May 2025. Start of the funding from October 2025.

Application Procedure

.To apply for DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies, access the DAAD portal by clicking the link given below. You can enter your application information on the online application form there.

  1. Create a DAAD portal account.
  2. Request References
    In the DAAD Portal, click “Request reference” to produce the reference form as an editable PDF. Ask your referee to fill out the form completely and email it back to you. To the application address, the referee might mail the form themselves.
  3. Making an online DAAD Portal Application
    • Download and complete the online application form
    • Prepare the application materials
    • Unless they are already in English or German, translate documents if necessary.
    • Documents on paper should be scanned and saved in PDF format (references excluded).
    • The application form must be sent along with any other required documents in PDF format to the portal.
  4. Sending application documents by post
    1. References must be delivered to the application site (see tab “Application procedure”) in a sealed, unopened envelope.
    2. Applicants from non-EU countries: Please remember to include a detailed description of the contents of your postal shipment in the documents you submit to the customs officials, such as “Application documents for scholarship (contains no commercial goods, no merchandise, or insurable value)”.

For more details, visit here or go to the Application Portal to apply for DAAD Scholarships for Master Studies.

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