Intellectual Property LL.M for Developing Countries

Deadline: 15 October 2013
Open to: applicants from developing countries worldwide with bachelor’s degree and two years full-time professional experience
Scholarship: full tuition waiver, monthly stipend of EUR 750, German language course, plus travel, study and research allowances


The Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) is a part of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program of “Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries.” The Intellectual Property LL.M. program starts every October and takes one year to complete. The academic year at MIPLC consists of two semesters of study and is concluded by the preparation of the Master’s Thesis. The program is completed by the graduation ceremony during which the diplomas are awarded and graduates celebrate their achievements with their classmates and families.

The MIPLC program comprises three types of courses, organized in modules:

  • Participation in the optional Introductory Courses is strongly recommended to all students, especially where unfamiliar topics are covered.
  • The Basic Courses Module is mandatory for all students.
  • A variety of specialized Elective Modules allows students to focus their studies according to their interests. Due to the students’ varied interests, class size in the Elective Courses is usually very small.

For more information about the curriculum, see HERE.

The scholarship recipient(s) will get a full tuition waiver from the MIPLC. The DAAD will pay the scholarship recipient(s) a monthly stipend of EUR 750.00. As a rule, the scholarship additionally includes certain payments towards health insurance coverage in Germany. In addition, the DAAD will generally pay an appropriate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source. Furthermore, the DAAD will also pay a study and research allowance. Last but not least, the scholarship covers a mandatory two-month German course before the start of the MIPLC program. The scholarship does not cover additional costs, e.g. enrollment fee, semester ticket.

The start and end dates of the academic year 2014/15 have not yet been set. The program will probably start in early October 2014 and will end in mid-September 2015 (date of submission of Master’s Thesis). The exact dates will be announced in due time in their academic calendar.

There is a fee of 50 EUR per application, payable in cash, by foreign draft, or by bank transfer. This fee is payable by all applicants, including applicants for the DAAD scholarship.

For more information, please review the MIPLC Frequently Asked Questions page HERE and the DAAD Frequently Asked Questions page HERE.


If you would like to apply for the DAAD scholarship “Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries”, please make sure that you fulfill the following formal requirements:

  • You are 36 years or younger;
  • You hold at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree, completed with above-average results;
  • You received your degree no more than six years ago;
  • You have at least two years of full-time professional experience;
  • Your English test scores meet the MIPLC requirements, i.e. IELTS band 7.0, or TOEFL ibT 100/ cbT 250/ pbT 600. Institutional TOEFL scores will not be accepted. This requirement does not apply if your native language is English or if you have obtained your university degree from a university or program where the language of instruction is English.

Please refer to the brochure for “Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries” for full eligibility details. Please note: MIPLC will not be listed in the scholarship brochure 2014/15. Nevertheless, they still participate in the scholarship program.


The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013 for the 2014/15 intake. Your complete file with all required documents (this includes your English test scores) must reach the MIPLC by this date. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Applicants from Cameroon, Myanmar, or Nigeria must submit their application file to the German Embassy in their home country. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2013, for the 2014/15 intake.

To apply for this scholarship, please proceed as follows:

  1. Please refer to the DAAD program brochure 2013/14 and read the information carefully;
  2. Determine whether you are eligible to apply by DAAD and MIPLC standards; keeping in mind that where MIPLC and DAAD have differing requirements, the stricter requirements prevail;
  3. Apply for admission to the MIPLC by using the online application system accessible HERE, and follow the instructions provided;
  4. When you come to the end of the online application, check “I would like to apply for financial assistance” and “I would like to apply for the DAAD scholarship” and complete the MIPLC Financial Assistance Application Form that opens automatically;
  5. Print the forms and add all required documentation, as per the instructions provided;
  6. Download and complete the DAAD Scholarship Application Form and add the other documents required by the DAAD (for details, please refer to the brochureNB: the MIPLC does not require a research exposé);
  7. Send your complete application as detailed in the application system website.

For any other questions you may have concerning the DAAD Application Form (e.g., “What should I enter in section…?”), or the DAAD requirements (e.g., concerning the documents to be submitted as per the DAAD’s brochure), please contact your nearest DAAD office (list AVAILABLE HERE). The MIPLC cannot answer any questions related to the DAAD. The MIPLC can only answer questions related to the MIPLC’s own requirements.

You should learn about the outcome of your application by late February of the new year. In the meantime, please refrain from contacting MIPLC or the DAAD to ask for status updates. 

For more information, see the official website HERE.

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