The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in collaboration with the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL), KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program (KWTRP), and Strathmore University’s Institute of Healthcare Management, are offering DAAD In-Country/In-Region Ph.D. Scholarships.


  • Applications Deadline: 25th December 2020 (Application Closing Date on the DAAD Portal)
  • Course Level and Subject: Ph.D. in Healthcare Management
  • Award: The winners will receive:
    • The award includes full tuition fees, a monthly stipend at DAAD rates, and some contribution towards research costs. Please note that this is not a fully-funded position, as DAAD will only provide funding as stated in the Call for Scholarship Applications 2020 information sheet.
    • The successful applicants will be registered at Strathmore University and supervised by renowned health systems researchers from Strathmore and KWTRP. They will also have access to generic skills training by IDEAL.
  • Nationality: Citizens of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Number of Awards: Up to 5 scholarships available.


The In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.
The scholarships at KEMRI are available in the following fields:
• PhD in Healthcare Management

Application Procedure

The application process contains two steps. Please be aware of the DAAD application deadline as well as KEMRI’s deadline.

First step:

Applicants must apply for the scholarship via the DAAD portal. Applicants are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application. DAAD Deadline: 25 December 2020.

The link to the DAAD portal is https://portal.daad.de/sap/bc/bsp/sap/z_set_cookie/setcookie.htm?fund_ar=stv&id=57572495

Parallel to this process, applicants must at the same time apply for admission at KEMRI using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. KEMRI has set its own deadlines. Please inform yourself about the respective admission processes at the host institution.

Only complete applications made to both the DAAD and to KEMRI will be reviewed.

*Please note: In some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, a document from the Qualifications Authority for previous studies undertaken outside the respective country must be submitted for admission to the universities (e.g. Accreditation from the Commission for University Education in Kenya). Please note that the application for these documents may take long and that it is the applicant’s responsibility to get informed at an early stage in order to receive the documents from the respective authorities in time.

DAAD will conduct a formal examination of the applications received via the DAAD portal according to DAAD criteria. Plagiarism scanning of the PhD proposals submitted will also be done by the DAAD. Only the list of applicants who meet the DAAD application requirements will be availed to KEMRI for the next step.

Second Step:

The applications will be screened, pre-selected, and applicants shortlisted. A detailed report consisting of the shortlisting procedure, the entire list of applicants, the ranked shortlist and the shortlisting panel members will be availed to DAAD. The ranked shortlist will contain preferably triple (at least double) the number of scholarships that have been attributed to the institution. DAAD reserves the right of final selection.

Documents to be submitted for the DAAD scholarship application in English:

  • DAAD application form duly filled in (available in the DAAD-Portal)
  • Curriculum vitae (please use the European specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.Europa.eu), including a list of publications (if applicable).
  • 2 recommendation letters by university lecturers
  • Letter of admission from the host university / institution / network
  • Certified copies of university degree certificates including transcripts
  • Letter of motivation and a timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  • Copy of the passport
  • If available, information on the recognition of the university degree certificates in the host country
  • If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as refugee
  • Detailed and precise PhD proposal, including detailed work and timetable (if applicable: mentioning the planned research stay in Germany, see “Additional benefits”)
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal
  • Additionally, a word format of the proposal (10-15 pages) must be submitted via email to magero@daad.de for plagiarism check.

*Please note that the scholarship only becomes effective as soon as the Admission Letter from the university is issued. This must be submitted to the DAAD Portal as soon as possible and is part of a complete application.

Additional Benefits

DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also
a) encouraged to apply for a research grant in Germany for 3 up to 6 months.
Please note: The short-term research stay in Germany should preferably be announced in the application for the regular scholarship and can only be awarded if the necessary financial means are available.
The short-term research scholarship includes:
• A monthly scholarship payment for living costs
• Health/accident/personal liability insurance
• A flat-rate travel allowance
b) invited to apply for different Summer Schools in Germany (four weeks).
All further details regarding additional benefits and the additional application processes will be provided after admission to the scholarship programme.


See the full list of our faculty here

How to Apply

To apply for the opportunity, the applicants must submit an online application through the given link:

• Click here to download the Graduate Application Form.
• Click here to download the DAAD Information Sheet.
• Click here to download the draft call for scholarship application.

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Key Details

Course Level and Subject: Ph.D. in Healthcare Management

Nationality: Citizens of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Number of Awards: Up to 5 scholarships available.

For more information on the application process, write to fwafula@strathmore.edu