Center for Development Research (ZEF) Doctoral Research Scholarships 2023

Deadline: 31.08.2023

Center for Development Research (ZEF) Doctoral Research Scholarships 2023

Are you enthusiastic about analyzing and promoting sustainable development? And do you have a creative research idea related to food security, agricultural development, poverty, governance and conflict, biodiversity, health, or related topics?

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn is the best place for you to do such research. ZEF is a top international development research institute at one of Germany’s Excellence Universities. ZEF is led by three directors from different disciplines and hosts about 50 senior researchers from all parts of the world. They supervise your doctoral research and support you in becoming a leading development scholar of the next generation.

ZEF has a structured, interdisciplinary doctoral program, the Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR). BIGS-DR supports you step by step to your doctorate! With disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, soft skills training, and strategic knowledge about further career steps. Being a member of a batch of international doctoral researchers, you become part of a stimulating study environment and have a peer group of like-minded scholars.

We are searching for scholars from the Global South for so-called EPOS-scholarships funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Entry Requirements

All applicants require an excellent master’s degree (FAQ) , an innovative Research Proposal  and English proficiency.

DAAD-applicants must fulfill several additional criteria:

How to apply

Do you want to apply for a DAAD- EPOS scholarship?

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from selected countries. The current call for applications and necessary application documents for the scholarship for an EPOS study program can be found here:

All applicants have to apply here

Application portal of University Bonn.

Application deadline for next intake in October 2024: 31st of August 2023

The application deadline for this program is the 31st” of August 2023, Details about the application requirements and procedures can be found here: