University of Bonn

CDR, University of Bonn Doctoral Scholarship Program 2017/2018. Special Requirements for Cameroon

A prerequisite for applying is having at least two years of relevant professional experience.DAAD, the German exchange centre through the Centre for Development Research (Zentrum fur Entwicklungsforschung- ZEF) is providing scholarships to young scientists from all over the world.

Application Deadline: 31st August, 2017.

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): Germany

Eligible Field of Study: Economics, social sciences, sociology, political science, economics, development economics, agricultural and resource economics, agronomy, biology, ecology, forestry, mathematics or earth sciences.

About the Award: ZEF’s doctoral studies program aims at attracting young scientists from all over the world with an outstanding master’s or equivalent degree in economics, social sciences, sociology, political science, economics, development economics, agricultural and resource economics, agronomy, biology, ecology, forestry, mathematics or earth sciences. Candidates preferably have work experience in national or international research institutions, governments, or the private sector. Interest in interdisciplinary research is a prerequisite.

Type: Postgraduate Degree

Selection Criteria: A prerequisite for applying for the DAAD scholarship is having at least two years of relevant professional experience. Other prerequisites for admission include:

  • Academic qualification: An excellent master or equivalent degree: G.P.A. higher than 3.0 in the American system, or a grade higher than 2.0 in the German system or equivalent.
  • Innovative research ideas: Candidates application must contain a Graduate Research Statement (See in link below). The statement should describe a development problem candidate considers interesting and important; include main research questions and the proposed methods linked to them; and literature references. The statement should have a maximum of 4 pages. The Graduate Research Statement may relate to ZEF’s research areas (see in link below) in a broad sense or may address a topic in another development research area. The selection committee will assess all research statements on the basis of orgininality, analytical rigor, and relevance.
  • ZEF’s doctoral program is conducted in English. Therefore candidates require the following English language skills: IELTS (band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based). Successful candidates can attend a two-month German language course prior to the study program.
  • There is no age limit for applying to the doctoral program at ZEF. However, candidate’s last academic degree should be obtained less than six years prior to application.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Fully-funded

Duration: Duration of programme

How to Apply: Applicants with a citizenship from a developing country can apply for a DAAD scholarship directly from ZEF: You have to submit a DAAD application form which can be downloaded from the list of required documents for admission (see link below).

Applying to the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program involves two steps:

Step 1: Online registration:  Candidates have to register online. During the online registration you will be asked to enter your personal data and information. After you have completed your online registration you will receive a confirmation per e-mail, containing  your personal registration number and all further necessary information for your application. Please use this number in any communication with us.

Step 2: Application for admission: Please note that your online registration helps to accelerate the selection and admission procedure, it is NOT a substitute for the required documents to be sent by e mail to the program’s office. (docp.zef(at)

Special prerequisites and requirements for DAAD scholarship applicants from Cameroon:

Applications from Cameroon must be submitted via the German Embassy, where the academic certificates have to be verified.
Cameroon: German Embassy in Yaoundé

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: University of Bonn, Centre for Development Research

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