The In-Country/In-Region programme supports the training of future professionals and managerial staff in developing countries, in particular university teachers. Support is available for postgraduate programmes and for doctorates.


In many developing countries top-level university teachers are scarce, especially in the area of development-related subjects. This limits the quality of university education: due to the small number of highly qualified lecturers it is not possible to provide enough adequate study places. A well-developed higher education sector is essential for training the professionals and managerial staff that can be highly conducive to the political, economic, and social success of developing countries.

The In-Country/In-Region programme in developing countries aims to contribute to train highly qualified professionals and managerial staff for sustainable development in the partner countries and for the development of top-quality, cosmopolitan universities. The programme thus offers scholarships to future university teachers from developing countries for postgraduate courses and for doctorates. They study at universities in their home country or at highly qualified institutions in the region, some of which are organised in networks.

The partner universities and partner institutions in the respective countries are intermediaries, but profit directly from the programme through tuition fees. The regional focus of the programme is sub-Saharan Africa; however, very similar programmes are run in Central America, South America, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East.

Programme objectives

The objective of the programme is to qualify graduates for taking on positions of responsibility in development-related areas in teaching and research. It also aims to promote the participation of women and disadvantaged groups and to strengthen the organisational, financial, and personnel capacities of the partner institutions.


In the year 2020, 346 new scholarships were awarded within the programme. Disadvantaged groups in particular profit from the support offered through the programme. In the year 2020, 22 per cent of the scholarships in the programme went to participants from least developed countries (LDC). The percentage of women almost reached 51 per cent. By reaching a higher level of education, scholarship holders increase their chances of appropriate employment and obtaining a leadership position. A significant number of alumni of the programme confirm that their partcipation in the programme benefitted them greatly in their career development. More than 70 host institutions are supported through tuition fees.

In order to achieve the intended programme objectives even more efficiently, the DAAD targets the needs of developing and newly industrialised countries with its funding instruments and evaluates the impact of its funding programmes. In 2014, the DAAD introduced a comprehensive result-oriented monitoring system in order to further improve the quality and transparency of its work.

The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme supports academics with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the regions of Subsaharan Africa, Central and South America, South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East, with a scholarship for a consecutive Master’s degree or a PhD. Scholarships are awarded in the applicants home country/country of residence (in-country scholarships) or in their home region (in-region scholarships).

Scholarship funding

The DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship usually includes:

  • tuitions fees
  • monthly scholarship rate
  • study and research allowance
  • printing allowance for the final thesis
  • only for In-Region Scholarship holders: travel allowance and usually funding for health insurance

Further funding options may be available, depending on the location. Scholarship holders will find the additional funding options that are available for them in the brochure “Your DAAD Scholarship” which is sent to the scholarship holder upon admission to the programme.

A list of the host institutions who are currently participating in the programme in the different regions (Subsaharan Africa, Central and South America, South and Southeast Asia and in the Middle East) can be found here: List of host institutions 2021 [pdf-file]

Please note the list of currently open calls for applications in the regions of Southern Africa as well as West and Central Africa: List of currently open calls for scholarship applications [pdf-file]

On 14 October, 2021, there will be a DAAD info session where you can find out everything about the scholarship application process and the Master’s and PhD programmes on offer in Subsaharan Africa. Flyer about the info session: Flyer [pdf-file]

Flyer about the scholarship offer: Info Flyer for the In-Country / In-Region Scholarship Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa [pdf-file]

DAAD as well as the participating host institutions will be happy to assist you in your application for a DAAD scholarship. The contact information of the contact persons for each programme can also be found in PDF “call for scholarship applications” documents.

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