KAAD Scholarship Programme for Developing Countries 2024

The KAAD scholarship program, facilitated by the Catholic Church in Germany, is a unique opportunity for postgraduates and academics from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This program aims to support scholarship holders through scholarships, educational events, and personal and spiritual guidance, preparing them for future endeavours in their home countries. By collaborating with partner committees and associations of former scholarship holders, KAAD fosters academic networking and contributes to holistic development, including religious and interreligious dimensions.


The KAAD Germany Scholarship Program targets postgraduates and academics residing in their home countries with previous professional experience, focusing on postgraduate studies or research stays in Germany. Administered by regional partner committees, the program prioritizes applications submitted to the applicant’s home country committee. Successful applicants receive support for Visa formalities, accommodation, flights to and from Germany, pre-study language training in Germany, and more.


To be eligible for the KAAD Germany Scholarship, candidates must come from developing or emerging countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America, possess a university degree and professional experience from their home country, aim to pursue a master’s degree or a Ph.D. at a German university or engage in a post-doctoral research project at a German university, be Catholic Christian or belong to a Christian denomination (applicants from other religions can apply if recommended by Catholic partners), and have German language proficiency before commencing their studies (KAAD offers a language course of up to six months in Germany). The selection process prioritizes Catholic applicants while also considering Protestant Christians, Orthodox Christians (particularly from Ethiopia), and Muslims. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate above-average academic performance, a commitment to studies or research that benefits their home region, engagement in religious and social activities, and a willingness to participate in interreligious dialogue. The application deadline for the program is June 30, 2024, and interested and qualified individuals can apply through the Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD) website at


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