Please note: The programme is expected to be announced again in August 2019. An application this year is therefore unfortunately not possible.

One of the priority funding points to which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) attaches particular importance in its Framework Programme on "Research for Sustainable Development” ( is Sustainable Water Management – NaWaM:
"One of the major challenges of the future is to ensure the supply of clean water to the world population. Population growth, water pollution and the increasing water consumption per capita have a strong impact on water quality. In addition, expansive climate changes and change in land use influence global and regional water cycles and thus question the medium and long-term availability of water." In view of this background, the BMBF specifically promotes research projects to develop, adapt and internationally disseminate technologies and strategies for the sustainable management of the resource "Water". Of particular interest in this context are the thematic fields of Water and Energy, Water and Health, Water and Nutrition, Water and Environment, as well as Water in Urban Areas.
The DAAD Special Programme funded with the resources of the BMBF on "Sustainable Water Management" is focused on the promotion of young scientists from Brazil, Chile, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Namibia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam.

The programme "Study Scholarships and Research Grants for Foreigners" offers highly-qualified doctoral students from the above countries the opportunity to complete their PhD in applied research in the thematic fields of "Water and Energy”, “Water and Nutrition”, “Water and Environment”, “Water and Health” or “Water in Urban Areas”. Studies are to be carried out in Germany and should be technology-oriented. The objective of the programme is to qualify experts in sustainable water management technology for the respective home countries, to enhance technological cooperation between those countries and Germany.

What can be funded?

Applications are open to excellently qualified doctoral candidates from the above-mentioned countries who graduated in disciplines with relevance to sustainable water management no longer than six years ago.

Applicants are invited to do a doctorate at a university in Germany.
The choice of the host university and the scientific supervisor lies with the applicants themselves.

The scholarship includes an obligatory, six-month non-university internship in Germany. Eligible types of companies and organizations are listed in the attachment.

Applicants are obliged to attend an accompanying German course during their studies, preferably a free-of charge course offered by the host institution if available.

Duration of the funding

48 months (36-month research period for Ph.D. studies in three 12-month sequences with an annual review on progress and professional ability, 6-month language course and 6-month internship during the scholarship term or at its end). The duration of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule.

Fixed Schedule
Preparatory Visit: 5 – 14 days between February and June 2018
German course: October 2018 – March 2019
Host institute: April 2019 – March 2022
Internship: April 2022 – September 2022 (or during the scholarship)


  • Six-month intensive language course prior to the start of the research stay
  • Monthly payments of 1.200 Euro
  • Annual research allowance of 460 Euro
  • Flat-rate travel allowance for outward and return journey
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Under certain circumstances, doctoral grant holders may receive the following additional benefits:
  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members
  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO) ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • Allowance for a self-chosen accompanying German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which is either taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the grant period if free-of-charge courses are not offered by the host institution.

Please note: Study trips or field work outside of Germany are not encouraged and cannot be funded.


Applications will be reviewed by an independent selection com-mittee consisting of experts in the relevant fields.

The decisive selection criteria for doctoral students are the relevance and quality of the research proposal, the soundness of the academic and career plans as described in the motivation letter, the academic achievements in the master's degree programme in the home country, and the English language skills.

Experience abroad and knowledge of other foreign languages can be of significance. Additional documents that prove academic capability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the selection process.

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