Current call for 30 PhD Scholarships to Germany for Kenyans. Application deadline is 30 October 2020.



The general aim of the programme is to train young academics and scientists through funding of PhD degree studies in Germany.

Who can apply?

Excellently qualified academic staff of higher learning institutions and of public Kenyan research institutions.

What can be funded?

PhD studies: individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic advisor

OR participation in a structured doctoral study programme

Duration of the funding

Generally, up to 45 months.
Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.


  • 6 months preparatory German language course (fulltime)

  • Co-financed monthly scholarship instalment

  • Reimbursement of travel costs through an adequate travel lump sum that is disbursed after arrival in Germany, during the funding period respectively

  • Study and research allowance

  • Accident, health and personal liability insurance cover

  • Further individual allowances upon application


Selection is done by a bi-national committee through personal interviews of the candidates in Nairobi, Kenya. Selection criteria are, amongst others, general academic performance as well as a convincing and detailed proposal, discussed and agreed with the German supervisor, a convincing motivation for the chosen degree course respectively.

Application requirements

What requirements must be met?

The last qualifying degree should have been obtained not more than six years ago. Candidates should have passed their Bachelor studies with at least “second class upper division”, their Master’s studies with at least B+ (or equivalent).

Language skills: English

Application procedure

Application documents

1. To be submitted to the DAAD Portal:   

  • Curriculum Vitae (use the Europass specimen form at
  • List of publications, if any
  • Ph.D. proposal (maximum 10 pages)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of the proposal)
  • Detailed work plan including time schedule covering the whole period of the scholarship
  • Confirmation from a German Professor stating that he/she will supervise the applicant for his/ her Ph.D. thesis (in English)
  • OR Admission/Eligibility letter from structured PhD Programme
  • Master’s certificate
  • Transcripts for each Year
  • Bachelor’s certificate
  • Transcripts for each Year
  • A/O-level certificate
  • Confirmation of funding for research during field studies

2. To be sent to the DAAD office in Nairobi:   

  • 2 original references of academic referees (in English; on recommendation forms, available on the online portal)
  • The document “Application summary”

Application deadline: 30 October 2020
Application location: DAAD Regional Office for Africa

Postal Address:
P.O Box 14050-00800
Nairobi, Kenya

Physical Address:
Upper Hill Close, 3rd floor, Madison Insurance House,
Upper Hill, Community Area,
Nairobi, Kenya

Please note   

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see Item 1) and by post (see Item 2). The postmark date serves as proof that the application has been dispatched on time.
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.

For more information about the scholarship, visit the official website here: Kenyan-German Postgraduate Programme

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