DAAD-OSI Masters and PhD Scholarships for Balkan Students

Deadline: 1 November 2012
Open to: Students from Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia with either a Bachelors degree or a Masters degree or who have completed 5 years of a diploma
Scholarship: Full 2 years/3 years scholarships covering all study and living expenses

Description

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Open Society Scholarship Programs are collaborating on a joint program for graduates from the Balkans. The DAAD/OSI Scholarships aim to bolster the capacity of the participating countries to provide quality instruction and research in the social sciences and humanities, and to create a network of
scholars from these countries in these fields with colleagues in Germany to enhance the international exchange of ideas and academic best practice.
A variety of academic opportunities are available to scholars in participating countries to pursue advanced degrees and training at top level universities in Germany. Grantees will be clustered at host institutions to build cohorts of graduates and professors with a common frame of reference, generating international and intra-regional connections into the future.

Eligibility

The grants are aimed at students with either a Bachelors degree or a Masters degree or who have completed 5 years of a diploma. The Program is open to scholars from the following countries in 2013:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia
  • Kosovo
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia

Grants are issued for one of the following options:
1. Masters’ level studies (2 years)– more information is available in the Course List. Students can submit applications when they are still finishing their Bachelor studies, but have to have their BA diploma before they start their academic studies at a university in Germany.

2. Doctoral studies (3 years) – Ph. D. students will be based at a German university for 3 years. Applicants must have a further university diploma, normally a Masters degree. In specific cases, applications are permitted after 5 years of undergraduate study when a specialisation  has been outlined by the applicant. Doctorate studies in Germany do not have taught courses as such, but offer close mentoring.

Students interested in the PhD option can apply for studies within the following areas:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Public Administration Studies
  • Educational Administrative Studies
  • Public Health
  • Philosophy
  • German Studies (in special cases only)

Application

The following documents are needed to complete the application:

a) Master Course of Studies

  • DAAD application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research plan or statement of reason for the studies
  • Recommendation from a local professor
  • All certificates which may be asked from the favoured course of studies (for example GRE, TOEFL, and so on)
  • Completed Admission to Studies application form for the three degree programmes in favour
  • Certified copies of the certificate of qualification for university matriculation, the Bachelor resp. Master Diploma or in the case of students in their fourth academic year, a certified copy of their study record book and their translation
  • DAAD-Language Certificate
  • Applicants for a Master’s Grant are asked to list three favoured courses of studies according to their priority in their application

b) Doctoral Studies

  • DAAD application form 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research plan (detailed plan of work and time)
  • Confirmation of academic supervision for doctoral studies by a German professor
  • Two recommendations from local professors
  • Two certified copies of the certificate of qualification for university matriculation, the Bachelor resp. Master Diploma and their translation
  • DAAD-Language Certificate

The above-mentioned application forms are available from the DAAD website or can be obtained from the diplomatic and consular missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and from the DAAD Lektors. All copies of certificates and their translations must be officially certified. The health certificate need only be presented after the scholarship has been awarded.

Costs Covered

DAAD/OSI Scholarships are in essence full scholarship awards, which include a monthly stipend sufficient for a singe person, one return trip (PhD scholars get an additional return trip to their home country in the 2nd year of study), pre-sessional German language training where necessary, and scholarship enhancement activities, including an Orientation Event, taking place in Bonn in autumn each year, as well as a Mid Year Conference held at a German University. Costs or supplements for partners or children are not covered by the Program. Masters and doctoral students having pre- school age children in their home country can apply for up to 3 weeks financed trip home.
At Universities where more than 3 DAAD/OSI grantees are placed, a tutor is assigned to provide scholarship holders with guidance and advice.

Dates and deadlines

Written applications will be collected up to the generic deadline of the 1 November each year by the local DAAD-IC office representatives or the German Embassy directly.  In January or February of the following year, selection committees and interviews will commence for all applicants.
Country specific information together with the addresses where to send the applications can be found here.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on academic merit, knowledge of the language required, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential, and will follow a multi-tiered and transparent process. All completed applications will be reviewed and valuated by selection teams representing the universities, DAAD and OSF.
Semi-finalists will be invited for an in-country interview between January and February. The interview will be carried out either in German or in English based on selected course of studies.
All applicants must be aware that after a 2-4 month language course, an adequate level of German must be demonstrated in order to fulfil all necessary academic requirements.
Applicants must present the TOEFL and where needed the GRE test results or proof of registration at the time of an interview. More about the general selection criteria can be found here.

For more information please refer to the local DAAD-IC-Office contact in the first instance, or the official website.

General scholarship information is also available from the following representatives:
DAAD
Frau Dr. Jana Merzouk
Kennedyallee 50, D-53175 Bonn
Referat 326
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: +49-228-882-320

Open Society Foundation – London
Ms. Inga Pracute
Programs Coordinator
Open Society Foundation
5th Floor, Cambridge House, 100 Cambridge Grove,
London W6 0LE,
United Kingdom
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: (+44-207) 031 0225 Fax: (+44-207) 031 0201

23 thoughts on “DAAD-OSI Masters and PhD Scholarships for Balkan Students

    1. Dear Andy,

      Please go through the eligibility section of our site and see the information provided there. For any details please visit the official website.

      Kind regards,
      Mladiinfo team

  1. Each Uni in Germany has it`s own language requirements for acceptance of foreign/international students but, in general, one must have at least a basic knowledge of German (level A2) and is then obligated to learn German (free language courses are offered directly at the University). There are also international courses or programmes, conducted in English. Hope this helps. 🙂

  2. If applicants have to be first admitted to the university (or at least hold an offer), than this means there are 18 days left for this process – right? Is it reasonable to expect that all the procedure can be done prior to 1st of November? Thanks!

    1. I got DAAD OSI scholarship for Master. You have to apply for the scholarship until 1st of November. As you can see under the last point of Master application documents at this moment (of applying for the scholarschip) you only have to list the 3 courses of your choice, and later if you are accepted fo r th scholarship you apply for the university (and part of it does DAAD). So, do not worry about the university. If you can collect and send all the required documents for scholarship application prior to 1.11. do it. Wish you all luck!

      Read more: http://www.mladiinfo.com/2012/10/10/daad-osi-mast

  3. I got DAAD OSI scholarship for Master. You have to apply for the scholarship until 1st of November. As you can see under the last point of Master application documents at this moment (of applying for the scholarschip) you only have to list the 3 courses of your choice, and later if you are accepted fo r th scholarship you apply for the university (and part of it does DAAD). So, do not worry about the university. If you can collect and send all the required documents for scholarship application prior to 1.11. do it. Wish you all luck!

  4. Dear Gust – thanks a lot! I was confused by the response on ''izeir'' question (written above) and by one of the requirements ''Completed Admission to Studies application form for the three degree programmes in favour'' (what is this btw?)

  5. I was confused as well by the statement that we should first be accepted to University and than apply for scholarship. There's no logic in that.
    Daniel, I have same question about that requirement, and "Guest" I would be very happy if you can give us some explanation about that.
    And I have a question about German language: are we supposed to take some test in order to prove our (at least) A2 level (if English is required in chosen University)?
    And I didn't see any address where we should send application? Is it German Consulate in each country, or..?

    1. Dear All, in the post there are two persons in charge with their email, and phones on the bottom, please contact them for specific questions as Mladiinfo is only a portal that make the information available and re-posted the information on the DAAD request.
      Thanks
      Mladiinfo

  6. What does "Completed Admission to Studies application form" mean? Does it mean that I have to be admitted by the university first and then apply for the scholarship? Thanks in advance.

    1. Dear Alex, in the post there are two persons in charge with their email, and phones on the bottom, please contact them for specific questions as Mladiinfo is only a portal that make the information available and re-posted the information on the DAAD request.
      Thanks
      Mladiinfo

  7. Please can someone explain me, if I should have the TOEFL certificate before 1 november or I can send it later? Cuz Im going to take the exam but there are no available dates before 1november, and I might take the exam later. Please someone tells me. I need to know what I can do.

  8. Dear Jonna,
    Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support or could answer a specific question, but only informs about different opportunities. We advice you to ask one of the representatives ( their email you can find above)

    Best regards,
    Mladiinfo team

  9. I visited DAAD official website and I saw that the deadline is up to November 15. Could you please give me the link for the page with the information you provided above. Thank you.

  10. i have a bachelor degree with dual studies program which means with 50% teorical and 50% practical studies near a company , do you think i can be accepted in master program ?
    can you respond me to my mail ?

    1. Dear Andy,

      Please notee, that Mladiinfo only shares information about different possibilities and is not responsible for the recruitment for this scholarship. What we can advice you, is to apply and wait for result. We wish you good luck!

      Best regards,
      Mladiinfo team

    1. Dear Shushanik,

      Please note that this open call is closed now and if you want to see any updates check DAAD's official webpage. Additionally, you can check for other scholarships in the special scholarships` section of our blog!

      Kind regards,
      Mladiinfo team

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