In the framework of the programme SPACES II of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), researchers from Germany, South Africa, Namibia and Angola conduct scientific collaboration projects to investigate climate processes, the global climate change, and their consequences in the region of Southern Africa. Sustainability is one focus of this research.
Sustainable research requires early support for young experts in research and education at universities and research institutes, including industry-related ones, in Germany and the participating African countries South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. Good networking, close coordination and long-term cooperation between the scientists of these nations are of equal importance.
The accompanying DAAD scholarship programme “Capacity Building/Development” (CaBuDe) aims at developing the required capacities. The program will enable scholarship holders from Southern Africa to research, to network and to be (further) educated in Germany, in order to become experts for the sustainable scientific-technical cooperation between their home countries and Germany. The same applies to the short-term research scholarship holders from Germany under this programme.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to excellently qualified graduates and
doctoral candidates from South Africa, Namibia and Angola who are doing research within one of the SPACES research Projects under the overall theme of Earth System Management in the
following specific fields:

  1. Environmental Sciences
  2. Coastal and Marine Research Sciences
  3. Geology

and graduated no longer than six years ago.

What can be funded?

Type A:
Applicants from South Africa, Namibia and Angola are invited to do a doctorate at a university in Germany.

For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside of Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Such phases should not exceed 25% of the anticipated total funding period and must be specified in the work and time schedule of the application.

Type B:
PhD studies at the home university with integrated research phases in Germany will be supported. Doctoral studies are supervised by both a university teacher at the home university in South Africa, Namibia or Angola and an academic adviser at the host institute in Germany (“sandwich model”). Based on this flexible, multi-phase funding system, doctoral candidates start their doctoral studies in their home country and subsequently spend research periods in Germany. The doctoral degree is completed in the home country with participation of the German academic supervisor.

All types:
The research project can only be conducted in strong cooperation with the relevant SPACES research project.

Duration of the funding

Type A:
52 months: Obligatory 4-month German language course in Germany prior to the research stay, 48-month PhD research period in four 12-month instalments with an annual review of progress

Type B:
6 to 26 months: 6 to 24 months PhD research, optional 2-month German language course in Germany prior to the research stay if needed (only for scholarships with a duration of more than 6 months)

The duration of the grant is decided by the selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule.

Fixed Schedule
Type A: German course: June 2019 – September 2019
Research at the host institute: October 2019 – September 2023

Type B: German course: August 2019 – September 2019
Research at the host institute: October 2019 –September 2021 (maximum)

Value

Type A: Scholarships for doctorates in Germany
  • Intensive obligatory 4-month German language course in Germany prior to the start of the research period
  • Monthly payments of 1,200 EUR
  • One-off research allowance of 460 EUR
  • Flat-rate travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the
following additional benefits:
  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:
  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO) (www.deutsch-uni.com) for 6 months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • Allowance for a self-chosen accompanying German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the
    Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the grant period

Type B: Scholarships for bi-nationally supervised doctorates in the home Country
  • Intensive optional 2-month German language course in Germany prior to the start of the research stay if needed (only for scholarships with a duration of more than 6 months)
  • Monthly payments during the stay in Germany of 1,200 Euro
  • Flat-rate travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for supervising university teachers, according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law (BRKG), for one trip of up to 10 days
    - by the foreign university teacher to Germany to monitor progress
    - by the German university teacher to the home university of the scholarship holder to take part in final examinations
    - The nature of the trips should be specified in the work and time schedule submitted with the application.
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an
uninterrupted stay of over 6 months in Germany may receive the following additional benefits:
  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members
  • One-off research allowance

To enable grant holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:
  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO) (www.deutsch-uni.com) for 6 months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • Allowance for a self-chosen accompanying German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the grant period

Selection

Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee consisting of experts in the relevant fields.

The decisive selection criterion is the compatibility of the research proposal with the chosen SPACES project. Other important selection criteria are the relevance and quality of the research proposal and the applicant´s academic achievements.

Further information

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