As an outcome of success achieved during the German-Egyptian Year of Science & Technology 2007, a cooperation agreement has been made between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Arab Republic of Egypt “MHESR” and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Funds made available by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education have been allocated to create a programme offering postgraduate scholarships for Egyptian doctoral candidates.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at highly-qualified Egyptian doctoral candidates, who have been awarded M.A./M.Sc. degrees in the past three years. Applicants must be affiliated to Egyptian Public universities, public research institutions and ministries and must fulfill the eligibility criteria of the Missions’s department.

What can be funded?

Candidates can select adequately structured PhD courses or PhD supervisors in Germany themselves in order to join the GERLS programme. However, dual funding from universities offering such courses and the GERLS programme are not permitted.

Duration of the funding

The GERLS programme will be administered by the DAAD in close cooperation with the MHESR and German universities. Generally speaking, the scholarships within this programme are awarded for 12 months, subject to extension up to 48 months maximum.
General information sheet

Types of scholarships:
  • Full PhD. Scholarship:
    Target: in all fields of academic studies except the following disciplines: fine & applied arts and music
    Degree: Ph.D. will be awarded by a German university
    Duration: up to 48 months maximum and not extendable
  • “Channel” Scholarship:
    Target: in all fields of study except the following disciplines: fine and applied arts and music
    Degree: Ph.D. will be awarded by an Egyptian university
    Duration: up to 24 months maximum and not extendable
    For more information about channel regulations, please check the following link: Channel -guide for Applicants
Note: (Channel scholarships cannot be changed to a Full PhD after the deadline of application)

Value

The GERLS scholarship includes:
  • Monthly basic scholarship of 1,000 Euros for Ph.D. candidates, plus individual surcharges and standard annual allowances
    (Please note: Current stipend rate, subject to increase upon approval by MHESR)
  • Health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • German language course, preparatory modules and intercultural training in Egypt
  • Please note: No family allowances will be granted.

Preparation Courses in Egypt:
  • Each scholarship holder is entitled to receive German language and intercultural training in Egypt before the candidates’ travel to Germany. Distribution among language centers will be defined by the DAAD Cairo office.
  • After the elapse of language course a unified final exam will be conducted at Goethe Institute Cairo/ Alexandria.
  • The test fees of the language course participants are covered once by the DAAD. Any additional test trials will be covered by the scholar.
  • A per diem will be provided to the scholarship holders according to the distance between the scholars’ home University/Institute and language course center.
  • Failing the language course will hace consequences that will be borne by the scholarship holder.

Selection

The candidates will be selected in two rounds. First, a pre-selection procedure will identify the group of applicants to be invited for the second phase consisting of a personal interview with the GERLS bi-national independent interdisciplinary selection committee. Pre- and final selection of the candidates will be conducted according to, but not limited to following criteria:
  • Excellent study achievements.
  • Good command of languages: Very good command of the English language is required, while German language command is a plus.
  • Scientific merits, including:
    - Quality of the proposal
    - The benefit to Egypt
    - Preparation and feasibility of the project
    - Quality of the acceptance letter

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