crosslisted from Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Opportunity type: Fellowships and Scholarships
Opportunity closing date: Friday, October 15, 2010
With its Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has created an educational programme that has set several milestones on the way to attaining the Millennium Development Goals. This is because well-trained local professionals who are networked with international partners play an important role. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education, and good health for all.
For these courses, the DAAD sponsors selected persons from developing countries by awarding them scholarships that enable them to acquire an internationally competitive degree in a postgraduate course with close ties to practical experience.
The main goal of the postgraduate programmes is promoting the higher qualification of young, employed professionals in fields related to development policy. This next generation elite are offered the opportunity to acquire an internationally recognized university degree in Germany. When these scholarship holders return to their home countries, ideally back to the same organizations or government agencies, the knowledge that they acquired during the postgraduate course should put them in the position to contribute toward the further development of their countries. The university degree acquired in Germany thereby fills the formal requirement allowing programme participants to move into decision-making positions after the completion of their studies.
Young professionals (generally no more than 36 years old) with a first academic degree and several years of work experience in a governmental ministry, central agency or subordinate authority, in a chamber of commerce and industry, an enterprise or business, or as the employee of an NGO or development help project, are the primary, desired clientele of this programme.