DAAD funding programmes available for foreign students

The DAAD is a joint organisation of Germany’s higher education institutions and responsible for promoting international academic relations, primarily through the exchange of students, academics and researchers.

The good news is that DAAD runs a number of funding programmes in Malaysia. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact staff at the DAAD Information Centre in KL well before the deadline for detailed information on application requirements and procedures.

Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany

These research grants provide young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out a research project or a doctoral programme at a German higher education institution or non-university research institute.


  • A good Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree
  • Applicants should apply within 6 years of obtaining their master’s degree
  • Confirmation of academic supervision by a German professor. Applicants who intend to gain their doctorate within a structured doctoral study programme are required to present a letter of admission from their study programme or proof that they are considered for admission.
  • Deadline is every 15 October each year
  • visit www.fundin-guide.de for more info

Research Grants - Bi-nationality supervised doctoral degrees (or sandwich model)

This programme promotes doctoral degrees at a Malaysian university with integrated research phases in Germany. The doctoral degrees are supervised both by a university teacher at the Malaysian university and an academic advisor at the host institute in Germany. Based on this flexible model, students start their doctoral degree in Malaysia but subsequently spend research periods (usually between 12- 24 months) in Germany. The doctorate is completed in Malaysia according to the rules and regulations of the Malaysian university, supervised both by the Malaysian and the German university teacher. The scholarships cover the costs of the research periods in Germany.


  • A good bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Applicants should apply within 6 years of obtaining their master’s degree
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD programme at a Malaysian university
  • Confirmation of academic supervision by an academic advisor in Germany with agreement on the proposed research project between the Malaysian and the German advisor
  • Applicants should apply within 3 years of starting their PhD studies.
  • Application is 15 October each year

Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

These scholarships offered by DAAD are provided by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. They aim at giving young university graduates and professionals the opportunity to attend specifically selected Master’s and some PhD courses.

  • Applications are open to young professionals from developing countries who have at least two years of working experience related to the desired post-graduate degree course
  • A good bachelor’s degree
  • Letter of confirmation from the employer stating the applicant’s professional position
  • A detailed statement of motivation
  • Course-specific application requirements apply

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