DAAD – Scholarship within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP)

DocMASE is aimed at candidates with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in Materials Science and Engineering, or other related subjects such as Physics or Chemistry. Very good English knowledge is required, German knowledge is advantageous. The DAAD scholarships are available for non-German candidates that have not lived in Germany for more than 15 months.

The scholarship includes:

The DAAD funding runs for up to three or (in the case of developing and emerging countries) four years and will cover:

  • a monthly scholarship rate of currently 1000 €
  • a country-dependent travel allowance
  • a combined health, accident, and liability insurance
  • if necessary, a rent subsidy and family allowance


In the framework of the GSSP programme, scholarships are to be awarded after a specific competition and a two stage selection procedure. After the first stage, those applicants who have been selected for a scholarship by a graduate school or a graduate programme at a German university must further submit a completed application form with all supporting documents via the DAAD portal.

The final selection decision is made by a DAAD selection committee composed of university professors.

Language skills

German language skills are generally required, although the required level also depends on the applicant’s project and topic, as well as on the availability to learn German in the applicant’s home country. In natural sciences and engineering disciplines, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted, should English be a main language of instruction at the host institute.

Further guidelines and information for applicants from abroad can be found here: Guidelines and Information for Applicants from Abroad 

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The DocMASE programme was funded by Erasmus Mundus, but the last intake started in 2015 and will expire in 2019.