In collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a limited number of scholarships are available for M.Sc. Agricultural Economics at the University of Hohenheim under the special initiative “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses” (EPOS). For up-to-date requirements and application procedures, please refer to their official webpage.
Through the EPOS scholarships, the DAAD supports excellent candidates from developing countries who have a strong academic and professional background.
Scholarship recipients typically have work experience in a public authority, state institution and/or a private company in a developing country, and therefore they will have been engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with an emphasis on development policies relating to technology, economics and/or social impact.
DAAD EPOS scholarship recipients will have their tuition fees waived for the 2 years of the Agricultural Economics Master’s program, and they will receive health insurance, a monthly living stipend, travel costs to Germany and back as well as for research (see EPOS webpage for details and extras). Furthermore, an integral part of the DAAD EPOS initiative is an intensive German language course from August to September at a language center in Germany, prior to starting the Master’s program.
- Agricultural Sciences
Scholarship applicants must fulfill both the DAAD EPOS requirements AND the admission criteria for the AgEcon program.
Selection Criteria for DAAD EPOS Scholarship
This is a highly competitive application process with strict requirements. For applicants to be considered, they must at least fulfill the following baseline requirements:
- Citizen of a developing country
- Minimum 2 years professional experience post Bachelor’s, prior to the date of applying
Note that employment in academia, like teaching and research at a university or research institute, is not considered relevant work experience for this initiative; only in very exceptional cases can it be accepted.
- Academic degrees should be less than 6 years old
- Development-related motivations and intentions
- Must not have resided in Germany for longer than 15 months by the application deadline
Selection Criteria for MSc. Agricultural Economics
Scholarship applicants must also fulfill the basic requirements for the Master’s program:
- Bachelor’s degree in a related subject with above-average results
- Official proof English proficiency as detailed in the admission regulations (see below)
eg. IELTS academic (overall Band 6.5), TOEFL ibt (90).
Note: A language proficiency certificate from your university is NOT SUFFICIENT!
Even if you have studied in English during your entire university career (as e.g. in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, etc. …) you have to present the result of an official English test!
There are no exceptions.
- Proof of undergraduate courses in statistics and economics
- Proof of self-evaluation through the AgEcon PreTest
- Scholarship application period: November 15 – December 15
- Selection of awardees occurs in February
- German language course starts in August
- Master’s program starts in October
Documents Required for Application
Required Documents for Scholarship Applications
- Checklist of all required DAAD application documents, physically signed and dated
- DAAD Application Form, physically signed and dated
- Up-to-date CV (europass), physically signed and dated
- Motivation Letter (max 2 pages), physically signed and dated
Include reference to current occupation, aspirations and rational for choice of program(s).
ATTENTION: If applying to more than one EPOS program (maximum 3), the same motivation letter must be submitted to each university, additionally specifying why you have chosen these specific programs and why you have ranked your preference.
- Employer Recommendation from current employer, on official letterhead, including information on the position and the contact details of the referee, signed and dated
Ideally this would also include a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home after the program.
Please acquire this from your employer and include it in your application; do not have them send it separately.
- Certificate(s) of Employment from employer(s) that prove you are currently employed and have the minimum requirement of two years of relevant employment (between completion of your Bachelor’s degree and the application deadline).
The information must align with your CV, so check dates and titles carefully.
- Proof of English proficiency, as described above
Results of English tests can be submitted by email to email@example.com after December 15, but not later than mid-January.
- Diploma & Transcript of Records copies in original form, with certified translations into English or German (if issued in another language)
In addition to credits earned per course, transcripts must include a grading-scale, otherwise a supplement is to be included.
- University Entrance Qualification (UEQ) (secondary school leaving certificate) copies in original form, with certified translations into English or German (if issued in another language)
This is the certificate/diploma that qualified you to study at a university level. Examples include: school-leaving certificate, university entrance exam, high-school diploma, A-level certificate, etc.)
- Ranking Letter if additional proof is needed to show that the final grade of your previous degree was actually above average
If your GPA is numerically below average (2.5 on the German scale), then you will need to acquire a ranking letter from your university proving that you were in the top half of your class.
- APS Certificate (Akademische Prüfstelle) for applicants from India, China and Vietnam.
Method of Application
Applications for the DAAD EPOS scholarship for MSc. Agricultural Economics consist of two parts:
emailing the DAAD forms and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org; and submitting an application for admission for the “AgEcon” program through the University of Hohenheim’s online application portal HohCampus.
Please do not merge your application documents into one file and label the individual PDFs using the following nomenclature: Number – Surname Name – Document Type, e.g.
- Mustermann Erika – DAAD Application Form
- Mustermann Erika – Motivation Letter
- Mustermann Erika – Diploma & Transcript of Records
- Mustermann Erika – CV
- Mustermann Erika – Employment Certificates
- Mustermann Erika – Professional Recommendations
- Mustermann Erika – Proof of English Proficiency
You can compress the PDFs if they are otherwise too large to send as attachments, but confirm that they are still clearly readable. For security purposes, please do not send a download link for your files! Please send them as attachments to your application email, and include “DAAD” and your HohCampus application number in the subject line (available upon creating an application, even before submitting).
For More Information,
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023.