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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

DAAD • Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) Scholarship 2025-26

If you come from a developing country and have obtained at least two years of professional experience since graduation, and you're looking for a fully funded scholarship to pursue Master's degree studies in Germany, then this opportunity is perfect fit for you.

Applications are now open for Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) which is part of the famous DAAD scholarship to study in Germany.

The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) offers individual scholarships to participants from developing countries so that they may study development-related postgraduate courses at selected universities in Germany. The programme supports rigorously selected graduates from developing countries with scholarships to study for an internationally competitive degree in Germany.

In this article, we provide you a comprehensive guide about this opportunity.


Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) scholarship summary

Host Country: Germany

Host Institutions: Several German Universities

Funding: Fully-Funded+Monthly Stipend+rent allowance

• Eligible Countries: Students from developed countries. You can check eligible countries by downloading this: list of eligible countries (PDF)

Duration: 12 to 42 months (dependent on study programme)

Study Levels: Master's and PhD

Deadline: Varies by program of choice and university (see application deadline section)


EPOS Scholarship Coverage

The EPOS Scholarship is fully funded scholarship that offers awardees the following benefits:

  1. Depending on academic level, monthly payments of 934 euros for graduates or 1,300 euros for doctoral candidates.

  2. Health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

  3. Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.

Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy

  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family


Available Study Programs and Universities

To check the available study programs and host universities, download this PDF document:


Eligibility criteria and personal Qualifications

To be eligible for the EPOS Scholarship, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Candidates must be citizens of one of the eligible countries in this list (PDF)

  • Candidates fulfil the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)

  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject

  • Candidates have at least two years' professional experience

  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship.


Application Requirements

The Typical Scholarship Holder:

  1. Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.

  2. Holds a Bachelor’s degree (normally four years) in a related subject.

  3. Has completed an academic degree with far above average results (upper third) and at least two years of related professional experience after the first degree (bachelor) at the time of application.

  4. His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.

Note: Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered


Essential Language skills

1). For study courses in German:

Applicants must have a minimum German language level of B1 at the time of application. This proficiency needs to be proven by providing a current certificate.

Preparatory Course: The scholarship includes a 6-month German language course in Germany.

Language Examination: Before starting the study course, successful passing of the language examination DSH2 or TestDaF4 is required.

Important Note: It's not possible to pass the required German language courses (DSH or TestDaF) without any previous basic knowledge in the German language (at least B1 level), even with the preceding six-month intensive course in Germany. Passing the language test is a **formal prerequisite** for matriculation at the respective German university.

2). For courses in English:

Proof of adequate language skills, according to the regulations of the respective course.


Application procedure and documents

Generally, the application process and documentations vary slightly by your country of origin.

To check your country-specific requirements and documents, navigate to this official website of EPOS Scholarship, click on 'Application procedure' button, choose your country and you'll be redirected to your country of origin specific required documents and application procedure.

You can also refer to the 'Downloadable content' section at the bottom of this article to download the required checklist PDF and the EPOS Scholarship application form.


Application Deadline

The deadline for application varies by the study program of your choice, to check the deadlines and available study programs, check this:


Official Link to EPOS Scholarship Website

For further info about this opportunity, visit:



Downloadable content (PDF)



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