Education of highly qualified staff for Afghan universities

Who can apply?

Afghan graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in geosciences (geology, mineralogy, economic geology) who already work as university lecturers or show a genuine interest in pursuing a career as a university lecturer at an Afghan university

What can be funded?

Scholarships for a 3-months German language course, a 6-months preparatory course and a subsequent 2-year Master programme in geosciences at Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

Duration of the funding

From January 2015 until September 2017


  • Monthly pocket money of currently € 410,- for the period of the German language course
  • Course fees for the German language course and accommodation costs for the period of the course
  • Travel allowance of € 50,- for the journey to Freiberg at the end of the language course
  • Monthly scholarship rate of currently € 750,-
  • Adequate health, accident and private/personal liability insurance in Germany for the whole period of stay
  • Travel allowance of currently € 1.450,- in two instalments (€ 675,-payable prior to departure from Afghanistan, € 775,- payable prior to return to Afghanistan after having completed the Master course
  • One-time study and research subsidy of € 460,-


The decision on the award of scholarships will be taken by a selection committee composed of professors from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology and representatives of DAAD, GIZ and the German Embassy.
Main selection criteria are:
The study results received so far
A convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit after the return to the home country

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