ZEF Doctoral program in Germany

If you are from a developing country seeking to study your doctoral degree in recognized university of the world, you can apply to the doctoral program offered by the ZEF -the center for Development Research. ZEF is offering a great doctoral program for the scientist from developing countries that is funded by DAAD.


Location: Bonn, Germany

Deadline: August 31, each year

Start of the Program: October 1, 2018

Institution: University of Bonn,

Level of study: Doctoral program

Duration: three years

Funding organization: DAAD

Language of study: English

Study background needed:

  • social sciences
  • sociology
  • economics,
  • development economics
  • political science
  • Mathematics
  • biology
  • agriculture
  • resource economics
  • ecology
  • agronomy
  • earth sciences


Students need to attend 800 teaching per year. when they completed their six to nine months of the course work they are required to do the practical research in a developing country for six months or 1 year.

successful defense and completion of the thesis will result in obtaining a doctoral degree.

Who can apply to this scholarship

The applicants applying to ZEF doctoral program on DAAD scholarship must meet the following the requirements:

  • Strong English language skill ( IELTS  6 or TOEFL 80 iBT certificate, other English language certificate from a language institution, or the university certificate indicating the English as instruction language)
  • Two years of professional work experience
  • be a citizen of developing countries
  • have not lived in Germany
  • Obtained  a master degree with great GPA higher than 3 in the american system in the last six years. or will be graduated in the current year.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants can apply to this scholarship following the steps below,

  1.  fill online application form which will be available in March 2018, and you will get your personal registration number by email when you finished the online form.
  2. Document and application preparation

provide all your documents in English and in one PDF file sized not more than 20 MB.

check international media studies in German on DAAD full scholarship.


Required documents

  • Motivation letter
  • two recommendation letters
  • CV
  • BIGS-DR application form
  • DAAD Application form. select “scholarship for a postgraduate course with relevance to developing countries”
  • Graduate research statement
  • Academic documents
    • Master degree certificate and transcripts
    • bachelor degree certificates and diploma
    • school certificate and diploma
  • employer statement
  • Passport
  • English proficiency proof

Prepare all the documents and email to BIGS-DR

For more in formation you can visit DAAD website. 


Scholarship Link