DAAD/ZMT Doctoral Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Students in Germany 2021-2022

DAAD/ZMT Doctoral Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Students

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Scholarship Description:

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is offering DAAD Doctoral Scholarship for students from Sub-Sahara Africa. Two doctoral scholarships are available starting in Fall 2021. Additionally, 2 further doctoral scholarships can be granted starting in 2022.


Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany.

Degree level:

PhD / Doctoral.

Field of Study:

Biogeochemistry and Geology


Theoretical Ecology and Modeling

Social Sciences.

Scholarship Award:

The scholarships will be granted for up to 4 years (upon successful evaluation each year) and will be granted directly by the DAAD. The scholarship includes:

a scholarship installment of currently €1,200 per month

travel allowance

payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

a research allowance of currently € 460 per year

a preparatory intensive German language course starting in Summer 2021

under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive monthly allowance for accompanying family members (about €200 child allowance per child and about €275 marriage allowance)

Research Stays abroad are possible if they do not take longer than 25% of the scholarship period.


Applicants from Sub-Sahara Africa.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants need to originate from Sub-Sahara Africa.

They need to hold a university degree (international degrees must be equivalent to German “Diploma”, “Magister” or “Master”).

The last final exam (Master’s degree or equivalent) must have taken place no longer than six years ago.

At the time when DAAD receives the nomination letter (March 2021), applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months prior to the nomination.

ZMT strives to increase the proportion of women in research and encourages females to apply for these positions.

Applying procedure Instructions:

Interested and eligible candidates should proceed to submit your application under the following link until the specified deadline. Application should be accompanied with the below listed documents.

Document Requirements:

Personal details

Your CV (max 2 pages)

Concept of your Doctoral project related to the above mentioned topic: max 2-page. This concept has to be discussed and approved by a ZMT workgroup leader before submitting it. Please contact the ZMT workgroup leader beforehand.

Application of support from ZMT workgroup leader.

Letter of Reference from 2 referees (according to this template)

Letter of Motivation (Why would you like to pursue a doctoral project at ZMT? Why do you think the suggested working groups could fit your interests?) – max 1 page

Master and Bachelor degree certificates

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Application Deadline: December 20, 2020

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