Project Development for Knowledge Transfer 2019

Call for Applications 2019

  • Leipzig University, Germany
  • September 1st until 30th, 2019

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financing provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the In-Country / In-Region Programme.

One aim of this programme is to improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner countries in the long term and strengthen their higher educational structures on site. In order to do so, DAAD offers in cooperation with the international SEPT program (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training) located at Leipzig University, Germany, an intensive one-month training workshop - Project development for knowledge transfer - on topics related to the improvement of teaching skills and personal development in this field. At the heart of the entire programme is an individual project idea which participants are required to include already in their application. A provided canvas enables the applicant to further develop their ideas over the course of the training program. Course content will always reflect on and relate to these projects.

The training course will be open for students on Master´s level or PhD students of all diciplines. Especially welcome are students from economics and social sciences. It will focus on four key areas:

  • Participatory Teaching Methods
  • Academic Writing and Research Project Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion

The training course will take place in Leipzig, Germany from September 1st to September 30th 2019.


Application Requirements and Process

The training course is open for students on Master´s level or PhD students of all diciplines who are interested in developing their own business or a development project.

Strict closing date of the application is March 5th, 2019, 23:59 Central European Time.


To apply for the training, the below steps need to be followed:

1. Submission of application via the online application form.

2. Submission of documents via email (pdf files) to the programme coordinator. The Project Idea Canvas and a sample of the Letter of endorsement can be downloaded from Download and Links.

  • Project Idea Canvas – using the form as provided under Links and Downloads
  • Letter of endorsement from PhD supervisor (for PhD candidates) or leader of degree programme (for Master study candidates) with date, seal and signature – using the form provided on the above webpage – using the form as provided under Links and Downloads
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page) outlining which role you think the training will play for your professional career.
  • Proof of excellent English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate) is considered an asset. Should a proof of English proficiency not be provided together with application, shortlisted candidates will need to participate in a telephone interview.
  • Copy of passport.

The selection will be based on the implementability of the project and the expected value addition through SEPT and the summer school, the potential to link the project owner with relevant experts is also considered as well as the formal quality of the application. The Selection Committee composing high profile Higher Education Management experts and staff of DAAD meets in the end of March 2019.

The selected candidates will be informed about the results of the selection meeting by beginning of April 2019.


Participants Profile

  • Applicants are current scholarship holders of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Programme.
  • Applicants should hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Active and excellent English language skills (speaking and writing) are indispensable.
  • The provision of international experience will be considered an asset.



During the training participants will be guests of Leipzig University. Following expenses will be covered by DAAD:

  • Course costs 4.500 €.
  • Travel costs: Flight (Economy class) to and from Germany and ground travel to and from Leipzig according to maximum reimbursement rates depending on the country of origin.
  • Your stay will be financed with 1.200 € total (accommodation in gender devided shared appartments as well as partial living costs will be covered by this amount). The accomodation will be very central in Leipzig in appartments with 3 people each. The apartments come with kitchens so you can prepare your own food if you wish. You will be able to use the university library if you need to work after class.
  • Visa costs - Eventually you will have to prefinance the visa fee but it will be reimbursed in Germany based on the receipt.
  • Emergency health, accident and liability insurance – Please note: In some cases part of the cost of treatment is at your own expense. Especially dental treatment is not fully covered. Coverage with regard to pregnancy related issues is very limited.


Expected co-funding:

Participants or Participants’ home institutions are expected to cover local transportation in their home countries and per diems (if applicable) for the stay in Germany.

Further details on terms and conditions will be given to the admitted applicants together with the invitation letter.


Contact details of Programme Management

Mr Robert Meyer

International SEPT Programme

Leipzig University

Beethovenstr. 15

04109 Leipzig


Tel: +49 341 97-37181

Fax: +49 341 97-39279  





Mr. Robert Meyer
Tel:   +49-(0)341-9737181
Fax:  +49-(0)341-9739279


DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development