DAAD In-Region Molecular Biology and Genetics Scholarship at Stellenbosch University: Applications are requested from African students for the 2021 DAAD In-region Scholarship Programme at the Stellenbosch University, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics for a fully funded Master’s and PhD studies. The programme aims at fostering strong and internationally oriented higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa and scholarships are granted to individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching as well as in research at any institution of higher learning in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The groups targeted for the scholarship are nationals from Sub-Saharan Africa with exception of South Africans with a bachelor’s degree if applying for master’s degree or with a master’s degree if applying for a doctoral (PhD) degree. The DAAD In-region in collaboration with Stellenbosch University if offering several master’s and PhD scholarships to deserving applicants for the 2021 intake.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Scholarship to be taken at: Stellenbosch University

Scholarship level: Masters and PhD

Scholarship Worth: See Scholarship benefits

Subject Eligibility: Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

Country/Candidate Eligibility: The Scholarship is for students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Scholarship Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be considered for the DAAD In-Region Molecular Biology and Genetics Scholarship at Stellenbosch University, applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed generally a three-year university degree (Master candidates) or a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with at least a second class upper division from a recognized university.
  • Applicants must clearly show motivation and strong commitment to the program.
  • Applicants must possess thorough knowledge of the language of instruction and have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be nationals or permanent resident of a Sub-Saharan African country excluding South Africa.
  • Applicants should generally be a) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, b) staff member of a public university, c) from the public sector, d) Alumni of the DAFI program.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Annual tuition fees up to 36,929 ZAR for PhD candidates and 38,951 ZAR for Master’s applicants.
  • Annual study and research allowance- 460 EUR for Masters candidates and 920 EUR for PhD candidates.
  • Printing allowance- 400 EUR for masters and 800 EUR for PhD candidates.
  • Monthly scholarship for accommodation and food- 500 EUR for PhD and 450 EUR for Masters candidates.
  • Travel allowance as will be specified in the award letters
  • Health insurance.

Application Procedures for the DAAD In-Region Molecular Biology and Genetics Scholarship at Stellenbosch University


The application process involves two steps.

First Step: Applicants must apply for their studies at the Stellenbosch University using the contacts and the method prescribed by the university. The Stellenbosch University will screen, pre-select according to DAAD criteria and short-list applicants.

Second Step: The Stellenbosch University will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link to the DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application.

Documents to be submitted in English includes:

  • DAAD Application form duly filled in
  • Hand signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form including a list of publications if applicable.
  • Recommendation letter by university teachers (Master 1, PhD 2).
  • Letter of admission for the host university/ institution/ network
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
  • Letter of motivation
  • Copy of passport
  • If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee.

PhD candidates have to submit additional documents to include:

Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor; Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and timetable; Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal).

Application Deadline:

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