New daad scholarship programme spaces

11 Jan 2011 - 16:30

SPACES Scholarships for Post Graduate Studies in Germany


According to estimations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Africa is one of the continents most vulnerable to climate change and climate variability. In Africa, the changes are already visible in a variety of ecosystems. They occur earlier than anticipated, due to the interaction of natural processes with human interventions (such as deforestation, forest fires or overfishing). This increases the pressure to find and implement suitable solu-tions. Against this background, the programme SPACES (Sciences Partnership for the As-sessment of Complex Earth System Processes) was developed by researchers from the University of Hamburg, the Leibnitz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology Bremen and the German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam, together with partners in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. The project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Re-search (BMBF). Corporate research projects will develop science-based recommendations for Earth System Management in the fields of “Ocean and Coast”, “Biosphere” and “Geo-sphere”. This could include, for example, suggestions for the installation of national parks or for defining coast and sea areas that are especially worth of protection. On the same hand, possible outcomes could be recommendations for new rules and laws regarding fishing, land use or the management of water resources and energy.


The programme „SPACES Scholarships for Post Graduate Studies in Germany“, that is also financed by BMBF funds, aims to acquaint young scientists from South Africa, Namibia and Angola with the SPACES research projects at an early stage. Therefore, the scholarship programme offers the opportunity to excellent post graduates from the above mentioned countries to study in selected M.Sc. courses at German universities, after having completed a four-month German language course.

Courses in Germany

1. Course: International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology, Bremen


Contact: Karin Springer

Phone: +49 (421) 23 800 42


2.Course: Master of Science – Marine Geosciences, Bremen


Contact: Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio

Phone: +049 (421) 218 – 65004


3.Course: Environmental Management, Kiel


Contact: Dr. Wilhelm Windhorst

Phone: +49 (431) 880 4386


4.Course: Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, Greifswald


Contact: Dr. Tiemo Timmermann

Phone: +49 (3834) 86 4112


5.Course: Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Berlin


Contact: Bettina Schulze

Phone: +49 (30) 314 23183


6.Course: Environmental and Resource Management, Cottbus


Contact: Katja Jäger

Phone: +49 (355) 69 3718



Applicants are asked to note the favoured study course in the application form (No. 7).


Grants for Master’s-students can be awarded for up to a maximum of 24 months. The grant includes:

  • home country dependent lump-rate travel allowance,
  • monthly grant payment of 750,- EUR,
  • annually study and research subsidy of 460,- EUR,
  • costs of insurance for health, accident and personal liability in Germany,
  • four-month German language course (in Germany).

Where applicable, family-dependent allowances or benefits may also be paid.


Applications are open to persons from South Africa, Namibia and Angola, who hold a Ba-chelor’s degree or an equivalent academic degree in Natural Sciences or in Engineering. No more than two years should have passed since graduating with this degree.

Application papers must always be submitted in duplicate. Incomplete papers are not processed. To apply, please use the form “Application for Research Grants and Study Scholar-ships” (downloadable from

To complete your application, please enclose the following papers and documents:

  • Statement of motivation (1 page max.);
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages max.);
  • Letter of recommendation from one academic/researcher of the applicant’s choice;
  • Bachelor’s Degree Certificate and performance record (certified copy in English) showing results obtained in all relevant subjects. (If the Bachelor’s studies have not been completed at the time of application, a transcript of the individual grades should be submitted with an explanation of the grading system – in that case an certified copy of the Bachelor certificate must be provided later);
  • Senior/High School leaving certificate showing results obtained, including Higher Education Entrance Qualification (in English) and
  • Certificate indicating English language ability (TOEFL 550/213/80; IELTS: 5.5),.


The selection of the grant holders will be made by an independent commission of experts from German research institutions in April 2011.

DAAD Contact

Section 522

Mrs Cordula Behrsing

Phone: +49 (228) 882 781


Closing Date for Applications at the Embassies of the Federal Republic of Germany in Pretoria, Windhoek and Luanda:

February 28, 2011


• Luanda (Angola)

Post Address: Embaixada da República Federal da Alemanha, Caixa Postal 12 95, Luanda, Angola.

Phone: (00244 222) 33 47 73, 39 92 69, 33 45 16



• Windhoek (Namibia)

Post Address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, P.O. Box 231, Wind-hoek, Namibia.

Phone: (00264 61) 27 31 00, 27 31 33



• Pretoria (South Africa)

Post Address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, P.O. Box 2023, Pretoria 0001, Südafrika.

Phone: (0027 12) 427 89 00