Master and PhD scholarships

NELGA offers a comprehensive Master and PhD scholarship programme available for young academics and professionals from all African Union member states to enhance land-related capacities in higher education. Hence, recipients are selected based on affiliation with institutions crucial to land policy development and implementation in Africa. Application is open for nationals or permanent residents of any African country. To date, five universities offer a wide variety of Mas­ter and PhD Programs with regard to land policy:


Training tomorrow’s decision-makers

So far NELGA has awarded more than 40 scholarships to Master and PhD students from 10 different countries, 16 of them were granted to women.

The programme helps to improve the visibility of women and youth in land related matters. It has opened doors for many African students and professionals to excel in their respective careers. By providing opportunities for students to get the required scientific and practical experience the NELGA scholarship programme helps educating tomorrow’s decision-makers who will contribute to good land governance in their respective countries. Students are supported to engage in land governance trainings and strengthen land-related research across Africa.

By doing in-depth research on diverse topics ranging from communal land rights and large-scale land-based investments, over water use conflicts and urban-rural land use, to property evaluation and sustainable land administration, NELGA scholars identify and develop solutions to common land governance issues affecting the region and the continent as a whole.

“This scholarship programme is a great opportunity for my career advancement and it is my hope that my research will contribute positively to society”.

Celina Awala


Application process

I) Applicants must apply for their studies using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the respective institution. Every University sets its own deadlines. The University will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will also be availed to DAAD. DAAD reserves the right of final selection.

II) Pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal and register themselves and submit an DAAD application.

  1. Register online via the DAAD-Portal (if not already registered):
  2. Apply online via the DAAD-Portal under the tab “Personal Funding“/ “Application“

Documents to be submitted:

  • DAAD application form duly filled (available in the DAAD-Portal);
  • Hand signed curriculum vitae (using the Europass format available at, including a list of publications (if applicable);
  • Recommendation letter by university teachers (Master 1, PhD 2);
  • Letter of admission for the host university/institution/network;
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts;
  • Letter of motivation (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”);
  • Copy of the passport.

PhD candidates must submit the following additional documents:

  • Declaration of acceptance from the academic supervisor;
  • Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and time table (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”);
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal.

Scholarship Funding

 The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Study and research allowance
  • Printing allowance
  • Monthly scholarship
  • Travel allowance
  • Insurance