DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship 2024 In-Country/In-Region Program

DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship 2024. DAAD’s partnership with SEARCA started in the school year 1975-1976 through support to the Center’s graduate scholarship program leading to Masters and PhD degrees in agriculture.

The first 15 beneficiaries of the DAAD support were graduate students from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Ten recipients of the DAAD-SEARCA scholarship pursued their Master’s degree, while five pursued their PhD.

As of Academic Year 2023/2024, DAAD and SEARCA have awarded 419 Southeast Asian nationals from Cambodia (19), Indonesia (91), Lao PDR (10), Malaysia (15), Myanmar (30), Philippines (100), Thailand (82), Timor Leste (26), and Vietnam (46). Among the 419 scholarships, 206 pursued their MS, 208 pursued PhD, and 5 enrolled for Non-degree.

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Overview: The DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship

DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship 2024 In-Country/In-Region Program
DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship 2024 In-Country/In-Region Program

1. The DAAD-SEARCA scholarship programme covers tuition and other school fees; study and research allowance; printing allowance; stipend for food, lodging and incidental expenses; travel allowance (In-Region only); and insurance.

2. DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research grant in Germany for 2 to 6 months, at the time of application. The short-term research scholarship includes:

  • A monthly scholarship payment for living costs
  • Health/accident/personal liability insurance
  • A flat-rate travel allowance

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Requirements for DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship Application.

  • The DAAD-SEARCA scholarship programme is open to nationals of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • Must be a staff member of a public university or a candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, or from the public sector;
  • Must not be more than 35 (Master’s Degree) or 40 (PhD) years of age at the time of application.
  • Have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application.
  • The proposed thesis research should focus on SEARCA’s overarching theme of Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN). Moreover, priority research topics must fall within the ATTAIN priority areas:
    • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
    • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
    • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
    • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
    • EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD

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How to Apply for DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship 2024.

The required documents for the DAAD-SEARCA scholarship application to be submitted/uploaded should be in English:

  • DAAD and SEARCA Application forms are to be filled up online;
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if any);
  • Duly stamped (if applicable) and signed recommendation letter by university teachers (one for MS, two for PhD);
  • Notice of university admission or proof of application to the university;
  • Certified true copies of diploma/certificate and transcript of academic records of each degree completed (BS diploma and TOR for MS applicants; BS and MS diploma and TORs for PhD applicants);
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages for MS or 1-3 pages for PhD) with personal, and social motivation as well as your reference to the studies and a Master project (for MS applicant) or PhD project (for PhD applicant);
  • Copy of bio-page of the passport or a copy of National Identification Card;
  • For research-based MS/PhD program: a timetable (if applicable, mentioning the planned research stay in Germany); For course-based MS/PhD program: semestral/term schedule and timetable;
  • Brief description of the research the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation. The research topic must be in line with SEARCAs overarching theme of Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN) with the following priority areas:
    • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
    • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
    • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
    • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
    • EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD
  • Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies;
  • Official endorsement from the employer;
  • Result of Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL iBT result (80) or IELTS result (6.0). The TOEFL results must be issued by Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Check the schedule and venue of TOEFL tests in your country at http://www.ets.org/toefl. If this is not available at the moment, a certification from the previous study post that the applicant’s English proficiency is at the level of IELTS 6.0 may suffice.

For PhD candidates

PhD candidates willing to apply for the DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship should submit the following additional documents:

  • Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor or a commitment letter from the intended study post that a supervisor will be assigned
  • Detailed and precise PhD proposal (8-10 pages), including detailed work and timetable indicated with months and dates as well as information on when the last exam will take place (if applicable, mention the planned research in Germany). Concept notes will not be accepted
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)

Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD-SEARCA scholarship online portal on time. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. If you do not have documents such as a letter of admission at the time of application, upload a statement in the online portal indicating the reason/s.

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