Applications for the Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians in Germany is open. The Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD) scholarships aim to support Catholic Christians willing to study in Germany universities at Master or PhD degree levels. For the KAAD Africa department, there is an exception to this rule in that scholarships can be given for Master-studies in three African cities (Kumasi/Ghana, Nairobi/Kenya, Harare/Zimbabwe, and Addis Ababa/Ethiopia).
The German KAAD runs three scholarship programs: the S1-programme (for candidates that apply from their home countries for studies in Germany) and the S2-programme (for candidates that are already in Germany) and the Eastern European Program (for citizens of eastern European countries). The selection process is done twice a year (in March and in September). The KAAD scholarship application form is provided online through the apply button below.
- Host Institution: Universities in Germany. For the KAAD Africa department, there is an exception to this rule in that scholarships can be given for Master-studies in three African cities (Kumasi/Ghana, Nairobi/Kenya, Harare/Zimbabwe and Addis Ababa/Ethiopia).
- Field of Study: There is no specific subject-preference. However, the selection board has often given preference to courses and subjects that they felt to be of significance for the home country of the applicant.
- Number of awards: Not specified.
- Duration: Candidate’s program duration.
- Target group: Open to citizens of the following countries: Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe); Asia (Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam); Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel and Syria); Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina), Eastern European Program (Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegowina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine).
Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians Benefits
Selected applicants for the Catholic KAAD Germany Scholarship for Christians are helped by KAAD with their Visa modalities, paid for the flights to Germany and back, provided with language training in Germany before their studies. The program is fully sponsored and provides coverage for other necessary fees to let scholars focus on their studies and research.
Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians Eligibility
To apply for the Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians, candidates need to satisfy the below criteria:
S1 & S2 Scholarship Program Applicants
- come from and currently reside in a developing or emerging country in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Latin America
- have a university degree and professional experience in your home country and currently living there (S1 applicants only)
- are already studying in Germany and have at least 10 months of study remaining (S2 applicants only)
- would like to pursue a Master’s degree, a Ph.D. or other postgraduate studies, or are planning a post-doc or a research stay (2-6 months for academics) at a German university
- are of Catholic denomination (or generally belong to a Christian denomination, especially for applicants from the Near and Middle East). Applicants of another religion can be funded if they are proposed by Catholic partners in view of a documentable willingness to engage in interreligious dialogue.
- have German language skills prior to entry (KAAD can provide for a German language course of max. 6 months in Germany).
Eastern Europe Program Applicants
- Postgraduates with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue a Master’s degree at a German university (max. 24 months). Tuition fees for fee-based Master’s degree programs can be funded in justified exceptional cases.
- Young academics who are working towards a PhD degree in Germany (max. 36 months)
- Young academics who are working on a doctorate or habilitation in their home country and are planning a research stay in Germany (up to 12 months)
- Postgraduates who are planning a research stay or a deepening of existing scientific knowledge in Germany after having completed their examination in their home country or who are planning a non-consecutive postgraduate or supplementary course of study (this also applies to further training for licensed medical practitioners).
- University teachers who are planning a research stay (up to 6 months) in Germany.
- Students in Master’s programs in their home country who are planning a study visit (up to 6 months) to collect material at a university in Germany.
- Scholarships are awarded for all disciplines (with the exception of theological courses, for this please contact Renovabis).
What does KAAD expect from its scholars?
- To be part of the activities of the Catholic chaplaincy at the place of their studies;
- To participate in the educational program of KAAD (seminars, annual meeting);
- To return to their home country (or to another developing country) after finishing their studies in Germany, and so to make their knowledge fruitful for their home societies;
- join the KAAD-alumni-groups that exist in different countries and therefore continuously join forces with their scholarship organization and with their fellow alumni. In these associations of scholars and alumni, the KAAD ‘family’ lives on.
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How to Apply for the Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians
Interested applicants who would like to apply for this Europe scholarship program must click on the apply button and fill out the online questionnaire. In the course of the application process, candidates will be asked to provide more documents.
If you are eligible for the second stage of the application process, the necessary application documents will be sent to you.
The KAAD scholarship deadline for the next selection is . For more detail on the Catholic KAAD Scholarship for Christians, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.