DAAD-AIMS Scholarships for African Students | Updated

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, in association with AIMS, provides six in-region scholarships for a PhD program in Mathematical Sciences. These scholarships are available to students wishing to commence a PhD program at a South African University.

As part of the/In-Region Scholarship Programme” DAAD offers scholarships for
PhD studies. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

The target group for scholarships is postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) with a Master’s degree who want to pursue PhD courses in South Africa (In-Region scholarships).

It has been agreed upon that DAAD cooperates with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) by offering up to six In-Region Scholarships for PhD studies at AIMS for the intake of 2025.

The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students under researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind.

We also promote internationalization efforts at German universities, help developing countries build their own higher education systems, and support German Studies and German language programs abroad. Our Artists-in-Berlin Program is one of the most renowned international scholarship programs for artists.

What You Need To Know About The DAAD-AIMS Scholarships for African Students

DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational cooperation with developing countries through various funding and scholarship programs.

Level/Field of Study

Scholarships are available to pursue PhD degree programme . Research fields considered include mathematical science

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Host Nationality

The scholarship can be taken in South Africa. If you are an international student and you wish to study in the UK , this is for you Free study in Germany: tips on how to apply for admission and visa.

Eligibility Nationality

This scholarship is available at the following institutions for Sub-Saharan African (excluding South Africa) countries.

  • The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 6-8 Melrose Road, Muizenberg 7945, South Africa;
  • Stellenbosch University,
  • The University of Cape Town,
  • University of the Western Cape

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Scholarship Benefits

Item                                          Payment                              Amount

1.Tuition fees                             annually                       the regularly charged                                                                                                           amount (in ZAR)

2. Study and research allowance       annually                        920 EUR (PhD)*

Printing allowance                          once at the end                      800 EUR (PhD)*

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Monthly Scholarship

(Accommodation, Food etc.)                    monthly                             500 EUR

Travel allowance                                 twice                                      The flat rate travel

(In-Region only)                  (beginning/end of scholarship)                 the allowance will                                                                                             be specified in the letter of

Insurance                                   annually                                            4.400 ZAR

The DAAD-AIMS Scholarships for African Students Eligibility:


  • have successfully completed generally a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates) with above-average results (upper forth of class)
  • clearly show motivation and a strong commitment
  • have a thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
  • have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
  • must be nationals or permanent resident of a Sub-Saharan African Country, excluding South Africa
  • should generally be a) staff member of a public university, b) candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector

Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to participate in the programme

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How To Apply For The DAAD-AIMS Scholarships for African Students

The online portal for applications is now open and applications and will close on 15 November.

First step:
Applicants must apply for their studies at AIMS using the contacts and the method
that is prescribed by the institution. AIMS has set its own deadlines.

AIMS will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list
the applicants. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire
list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also
be availed to DAAD.

The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least
double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution.
DAAD reserves the right of final selection.

Second step:
Pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal and register
themselves and submit an DAAD application.

1. Register online via the DAAD-Portal (if not already registered):
https://portal.daad.de, Deadline: 15.11.2025

2. Apply online via the DAAD-Portal under the tab “Personal Funding“/

Documents to be submitted:

  • DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Hand-signed curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen
    form at http://europass.cedefop. Europa.EU), including a list of
    publications (if applicable).
  • Recommendation letter by university teachers (PhD 2)
  • Letter of admission of the host university/institution/network
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
  • Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research
    stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  • Copy of the passport
  • Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor
  • Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and time
    table (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in
    Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title
    of proposal

It is important to go through the Application and Selection Procedure in the Scholarship Webpage before applying.

Scholarship link 

Click the link below to know more about DAAD

Scholarship Website

Scholarship Applications Deadline:15th November 2025.

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