2021 ZMT DAAD Doctoral Scholarship for scholars from Sub-Sahara Africa

Applications are invited for 2021 ZMT DAAD Doctoral Scholarship for scholars from Sub-Sahara Africa. Call for DAAD Doctoral Scholarship applications 2021/2022 for scholars from Sub-Sahara Africa with ZMT on topics of “Adaptation of marine socio-ecological systems to changing environments”. The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) advertises 2 doctoral scholarships starting in Fall 2021. Additionally, 2 further doctoral scholarship can be granted starting in 2022. ZMT strives to increase the proportion of women in research and encourages females to apply for these positions.

Scholarship details

  • Type: Doctoral
  • Eligible Countries: in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • To be Taken at (Country): Germany
  • Number of Awards: 4
  • Duration of Award: The scholarships will be granted for up to 4 years (upon successful evaluation each year) and will be granted directly by the DAAD.
  • Application Deadline: 20th December 2020


  • Applicants need to originate from Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • They need to hold a university degree (international degrees must be equivalent to German “Diplom”, “Magister” or “Master”).
  • The last final exam (Master’s degree or equivalent) must have taken place no longer than six years ago.
  • At the time of DAAD nomination (March 2021), applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months prior to the nomination.

Selection Criteria

  • The professional profile of the applicant (academic & professional background)
  • The overall quality and fit of the proposal into the overarching topic “Adaptation of marine socio-ecological systems to changing environments”
  • ZMT`s research profile and the personal profile of the applicant (e.g. motivation, non-academic activities).

Value of Award: 

  • a scholarship instalment of currently €1,200 per month.
  • travel allowance.
  • payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover.
  • a research allowance of currently € 460 per year
  • a preparatory intensive German language course starting in Summer 2021
  • under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive monthly allowance for accompanying family members (about €200 child allowance per child and about €275 marriage allowance).
  • Research Stays abroad are possible if they do not take longer than 25% of the scholarship period.

How to Apply:

1.For the first stage of application,  Interested applicants are to submit pre-application online.  The General Data Protection Regulation applies. The application consists of

  • Personal details
  • Your CV (max 2 pages)
  • Concept of your Doctoral project related to the above-mentioned topic: max 2-page. This concept has to be discussed and approved by a ZMT workgroup leader before submitting it. Please contact the ZMT workgroup leader beforehand!
  • Letter of support from ZMT workgroup leader
  • Letter of Reference from 2 referees (according to this template)
  • Letter of Motivation (Why would you like to pursue a doctoral project at ZMT? Why do you think the suggested working groups could fit your interests?) – max 1 page
  • Master and bachelor’s degree certificates

2. After a pre-selection based on the written application potential candidates will have the opportunity to submit a 5-10-page project proposal and present their project to a ZMT selection committee in a video interview.

3.  Selected candidates will be nominated by ZMT to the DAAD for the scholarship. A formal DAAD application needs to be submitted by the nominated candidates.

For more information, visit award webpage


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