DAAD holds workshop at AMU on scholarship opportunities

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service has conducted a workshop on scholarship opportunities for potential AMU staff and students at Main Campus on 10th February, 2017. Click here to see the pictures.

Addis Ababa-based DAAD Information Centre Director, Dr Gerald Heusing informing AMU staff and students said DAAD, the world’s largest funding organization is an association of 238 German universities and 107 student bodies dedicated to promoting international exchange of students and researchers.

Its operating budget in 2015 was € 471 million and it has regional offices, information centres and lecturerships across the world including one regional office and four information centres in Africa. Until recently, it has granted 48,254 scholarships to foreigners and 72,857 to Germans and has funded 15 partnerships between Ethiopian and German universities and accorded 579 scholarships to Ethiopians as well.

DAAD offers scholarships in different segments: In-Country/In-Region Scholarships for Eastern Africa, Ethio-German Home-Grown PhD Program, Development-Related Postgraduate Courses, Public Policy & Good Governance, Civil Society Leadership Program and its regular PhD scholarship program.

In-Country/In-Region Scholarships have individual scholarships for selected Master & PhD courses in Eastern African universities for university staff for the duration of 12 to 36 months; programs list is available at (http://nairobi.daad.de/en/22515/index.html).

Ethio-German Home-Grown PhD program, is for institutes of technology’s staff who have to be nominated by their IoTs; PhD studies is done in Ethiopia with every six months in Germany for research and degree will be awarded by Ethiopian universities.

Development-Related PG courses are for graduates in all disciplines who must have at least two years' professional experience. The duration of funding is 12 to 36 months that offers individual scholarships for around 40 PG courses (90% Masters and 10% PhDs) in Germany with English as medium of instruction; programs listed on (www.daad.de/pgc).

On institutional cooperation, Dr Gerald, said there are 41 different funding programs of 4-year duration that encourages exchange of staff and students that should have an objective like establishing joint or double-degree programs.

Public Policy & Good Governance are master courses to be pursued at selected German universities for university staff and professionals. Civil Society leadership program targets youth engaged in civil society. He also mentioned about post-doctoral scholarship, support for academicians in education management and Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies etc.

Answering the queries on advisor and proposal development, Africa Scholarship programs section head, Mr Cay Etzold, urged individuals to intensively search for subject-centric advisors as sufficient data in that regard is available on DAAD website for international applicants.

Allaying fear of most of the applicants, he said, one should keep trying at least 10 advisors in specific field of studies of which, one will certainly get best suited advisor.

On the previous day, DAAD officials had visited AMU President, Dr Damtew Darza in latter’s office and also had an informal chat at Institute of technology’s Scientific Director office, with Academic Affairs Vice President, Dr Yechale Kebede and others. Both officials have assured to organize workshop on proposal development at AMU in future but reiterated that searching advisor remains the mandate of aspiring candidates.

Both Mr Cay Etzold and Dr Gerald Heusing urged scholarship aspirants from AMU staff and students to reach out to them through social media or Addis Ababa-based information centre for further clarification on scholarship issues.

(Corporate Communication Directorate)