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The University Of Bonn BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship Program for Developing Countries in Germany for 2023/2024

Applicants can pay for their education in two different methods. the BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship, to name one. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)’s EPOS program, which supports development-related postgraduate courses, provides funding for this internal fellowship. Each year, on August 31st, applications for internal scholarships are due.

A DAAD EPOS scholarship can be applied for directly through ZEF by candidates who are citizens of underdeveloped nations or emerging economies. Doctoral studies at ZEF are offered through the Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR). A graduate framework at the University of Bonn that upholds the highest standards of academic excellence includes BIGS-DR among its international graduate programs.

About the University of Bonn

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, often known as the Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn, is a public research university in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. On October 18, 1818, Frederick William III established it as the Rhein-Universität (English: Rhine University) as the direct descendant of the Kurkölnische Akademie Bonn (English: Academy of the Prince-elector of Cologne), which had been established in 1777.


The University of Bonn has 544 professors and offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The University of Bonn is a member of the German U15 organization of significant German research institutions and holds the designation of “University of Excellence” under the German institutions’ Excellence Initiative. It is one of the universities in Germany with the highest research intensity and is frequently listed among the best German universities in international rankings.

The Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, the Matter and Light for Quantum Computing cluster, the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, PhenoRob: Research for the Future of Crop Production, the Immune Sensory System cluster, and ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy are among the six Clusters of Excellence that Bonn has, the most of any German university. The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and North Rhine-Westphalia’s principal university and archive library, the University and State Library Bonn (ULB Bonn), houses more than five million books.

The University of Bonn was rated 105th worldwide in The Times Higher Education Ranking 2020. The University of Bonn received a global ranking of 70th in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which was created by experts at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The university came in at number 94 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the academic year 2015–2016. The Academic Ranking of World Universities placed Bonn at number 14 in the world for mathematics and number 39 for economics in 2021.

Benefits of BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship

The BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship covers all expenses for the 24-month program, including a monthly stipend, housing bills, tuition, health insurance, travel expenses, and German language classes.

BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship – Eligibility

  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience is required to be eligible to apply for the BIGS-DR Doctoral Scholarship.
  • For consideration for this DAAD scholarship, candidates must either be new to Germany or have only recently moved there, not longer than 15 months.
  • Select “Scholarship for a postgraduate course with relevance to developing countries” on the DAAD application.
  • Make sure to send BIGS-DR one copy of each of the DAAD scholarship applications and the application for the BIGS-DR program. No extra copies should be sent to DAAD.

How to Apply

Go to the University Of Bonn website for more information on the BIGS-DR doctoral scholarship.

Application Deadline:

August 31, 2023

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