Returning to Germany?

In case you are not posted to Germany , our network consolidation programmes are always a good chance to return to Germany.

There are, however, also several other offers by various institutions. We can recommend e.g. this selection:


1. Deutsche Welle Akademie (for journalists and people interested in journalism)

A) International Media Studies

Duration: two years (four semesters)
Target group: young students who have previous media experience
Countries: developing and transition countries
Sector/ topic: Journalism, media (management), development cooperation

Link: Master's Degree


B) International Traineeship

Duration: eighteen months
Target group: young journalists
Countries: the programme is designed for regions to which Deutsche Welle broadcasts
Required language skills: Deutsche Welle trains its own young journalists for its programming in 30 languages. Every year, a decision is reached on which programmes need new young journalists.

Unusual linguistic abilities are the most important requirement for the international traineeship.At least one of following native languages were required for the training program starting in May 2014: Arabic, Bengali, English, Hausa, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese (for Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

Sector/ topic: journalism, multimedia work

Link: International Traineeship


2. German Studies

Duration: Bachelor: three years (six - eight semesters); Master: two years (four semesters)
Target group: anyone interested in German language and culture
Sector/ topic: Students can usually opt before enrolling to train for a career in teaching or to take a combined honours Bachelor’s degree. In the case of the combined honours, they can take German Studies with a minor in a foreign language. German Studies graduates from both pathways may also go on to do a Master’s that will prepare them not for teaching but for an academic career, leading to a PhD and the second doctoral thesis that opens the way to tenure-track academic posts in Germany. The Master’s builds on knowledge acquired during the Bachelor’s degree and deepens it by focusing on one particular area.

Around 50 universities in Germany offer German Studies courses, for example:

1. University of Freiburg
2. Technical University of Dresden
3. European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder
4. Technical University of Aachen
5. Intercultural German Studies Germany and China: jointly organized by the Universities of Göttingen and Nanjing and the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Students are awarded two Master’s degrees, one German and one Chinese.

Link: A degree in German Studies opens up many different career opportunities


3. Bachelor- and Master-Programmes in Disaster management

Duration: Bachelor: three years (six - eight semesters); Master: two years (three - four semesters)
Countries: no restriction

Universities that offer programmes in disaster management:

1. Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences: Bachelor’s course in Safety and Hazard Defense
2. Bonn University: Master’s degree in Disaster Management and Risk Governance
3. Weimar University: Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineerin
4. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with the University of Concepcion (UdeC) in Chile: innovative joint cross-border Master’s degree program in Regional Sciences, focus on disaster management and vulnerability-based spatial planning and is geared towards graduates in the social and environmental sciences from Chile and Germany

Link: Emergency helpers – disaster management is a degree course offering a variety of job prospects


4. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

A) Scholarships for International Programmes in Germany

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e.g.: Master in Development and Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen



B) Scholarships for language courses

Link: Great prospects for German as a foreign language – DAAD support programmes help further careers



Postgraduate and Research Programmes

1. The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders

Work on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany.

Duration: one year
Target group: people who have acquired initial leadership experience
Countries: Brazil, China, India, Russia, US
Sector/ Topic: politics, economics, the media, administration and culture

Link: The German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders


2. Centre for Rural Development (SLE)

Practice-oriented vocational education and training (Postgraduate Studies; training courses practice-oriented research; consultancy)

Duration: depends on the programme of interest
Target group: future experts and managers
Countries: no restriction
Sector/ topic: international cooperation and development cooperation

Link: Post-graduate studies 'International cooperation for sustainable development'


3. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: International Climate Protection Fellowship

Work on a research-based project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice.

Duration: one year
Target group: young climate experts (scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change)
Countries: developing countries
Sector/ topic: Climate protection

Link: International Climate Protection Fellowship


4. List of research-oriented scholarships

Link: List of research-oriented scholarships


5. Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Work on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice with your own working group.

Target group: successful top-rank junior researcher (doctorate completed with distinction in the last six years)
Duration: five years
Countries: no restriction (except for Germans)
Sector/ topic: all disciplines

Link: Sofja Kovalevskaja Award