The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies.

Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

We promote academic exchange by:

  • Free-of-charge individual counselling
  • Scholarships for the best
  • Structures for internationalisation
  • Expertise for academic collaboration

In 2020, the DAAD funded more than 110.000 German and international scholars worldwide. The funding offers range from a year abroad for undergraduates to doctoral programmes, from internships to visiting lectureships, and from information gathering visits to assisting with the establishment of new universities abroad. (DAAD)

Check the following links for more information:

DAAD South Africa –
DAAD Germany –
Study in Germany –
Research in Germany –
DAAD Scholarship Database –

Would you like a personal consultation? Make an appointment with the DAAD Lecturer Eva Thamm at UCT, who will be happy to advise you.

Contact details:


School of Languages and Literatures | German
Beattie Building, Room 27a