In-Country/In-Region Programme in Developing Countries

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The In-Country/In-Region programme supports the training of future professionals and managerial staff in developing countries, in particular university teachers. Support is available for postgraduate programmes and for doctorates.


In many developing countries top-level university teachers are scarce, especially in the area of development-related subjects. This limits the quality of university education: due to the small number of highly qualified lecturers it is not possible to provide enough adequate study places. A well-developed higher education sector is essential for training the professionals and managerial staff that can be highly conducive to the political, economic, and social success of developing countries.

The In-Country/In-Region programme in developing countries aims to contribute to train highly qualified professionals and managerial staff for sustainable development in the partner countries and for the development of top-quality, cosmopolitan universities. The programme thus offers scholarships to future university teachers from developing countries for postgraduate courses and for doctorates. They study at universities in their home country or at highly qualified institutions in the region, some of which are organised in networks.

The partner universities and partner institutions in the respective countries are intermediaries, but profit directly from the programme through tuition fees. The regional focus of the programme is sub-Saharan Africa; however, very similar programmes are run in Central America, South America, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East.

Programme objectives

The objective of the programme is to qualify graduates for taking on positions of responsibility in development-related areas in teaching and research. It also aims to promote the participation of women and disadvantaged groups and to strengthen the organisational, financial, and personnel capacities of the partner institutions.

Funded degree programmes and partners involved

A list of currently open calls for Scholarship Applicatios in Sub-Saharan Africa can be found here: 

The following foreign universities and networks are participating in the scholarship programme as partner institutions:


Institutions that wish to participate as host institutions in the programme may submit their application within the regional selection processes.

  • Current  for host institutions in Central America and the Dominican Republic 2022 (Application closing date: May 16, 2021; ; DAAD forms for , , , )

The following calls for applications for host institutions will be published in September 2021:

  • Eastern Africa
  • West and Central Africa

Furthermore, German universities are offering additional training courses in Germany for In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders:

  1. HAW Hamburg - EARTHS - Education and Research oriented Training in Health Sciences
  2. Universität Heidelberg – Enhancing Academic Qualifications in Teaching and Research in Public Health
  3. Universität Leipzig – Development for Knowledge Transfer
  4. Universität Frankfurt/ Main - Environmental and Remote Sensing Data Analysis via Geospatial Technologies in Research and Teaching
  5. Technische Hochschule Köln - Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus 
  6. Arnold Bergstraesser Institut (ABI) Freiburg - Contested Governance 


The number of scholarship holders and the additional number of professionals trained in the programme respectively has steadily increased in recent years. For example, the number of newly awarded scholarships in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 227 in 2006 to 407 in 2014. Disadvantaged groups in particular profit from the support offered through the programme. A little more than 50 per cent of the scholarships in sub-Saharan Africa went to participants from least developed countries (LDC). The percentage of women almost reached 48 per cent. In Central America it was 35 per cent. By reaching a higher level of education, scholarship holders increase their chances of appropriate employment and obtaining a leadership position. In 2014, 19 university networks and the corresponding institutions in the sub-Saharan region were supported through tuition fees. In Central America, the structural support through tuition fees is employed in 17 degree courses.

In order to achieve the intended programme objectives even more efficiently, the DAAD targets the needs of developing and newly industrialised countries with its funding instruments and evaluates the impact of its funding programmes. In 2014, the DAAD introduced a comprehensive in order to further improve the quality and transparency of its work.

Supported by:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development