In South Asia, DAAD grants 316 scholarships.

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Posted on May 14, 2024


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The German Academic Exchange Service has granted 316 scholarships to students in South Asia for the academic year 2024–2025 in cooperation with the consulate generals and embassies of Germany. 

According to the DAAD, 287 Indian students, 10 Sri Lankan students, 9 Bangladeshi students, 8 Nepalese students, and 2 Bhutanese students received scholarships.

The scholarships can be used for a variety of things, such as summer courses at universities, scientific and engineering working internships, postgraduate courses connected to EPOS development, public policy and good governance, graduate school scholarship programs, and research stays.

The organization affirmed that it will also apply to academic exchanges between two parties and reinvitations. 

Aditi Gosavi, senior advisor for comms at DAAD India, explained that, “While university summer courses, WISE, research stays, reinvitation, and bilateral exchange will be for shorter durations between three weeks to three months; EPOS, PPGG, and GSSP cater to full degree programs at the masters or PhD level.”

She mentioned that shorter-term students will require a Schengen visa. 

It is not yet known who will receive a scholarship for DAAD flagship programs like the PhD, PhD Sandwich, and IIT Master Sandwich programs. The scholarship handover ceremonies in India and Sri Lanka have already been completed by the DAAD.  

“DAAD programs, like university summer courses, are offered at various German universities, and the DAAD helps selected students participate by covering the costs of tuition, living expenses, travel, and insurance,” Gosavi continued.

“Applicants must submit a strong study proposal together with an invitation letter from a German professor or researcher in order to be considered for programs like WISE and research stays. The DAAD covers their living expenses, travel expenses, and insurance if they are selected. 

South Asia has become Germany’s primary supplier of international professionals and students in recent years, with nations like India now accounting for the majority of the region’s student population. 

There is a noticeable trend away from conventional study locations including the UK, Canada, and Australia, as seen by the over 43,000 Indian students studying in Germany.
Additionally, Germany has been trying to lure Indian workers to its labor market.

In order to promote its residents to study, work, or conduct research in the other country, Germany and India signed the Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement in December 2022.