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DAAD-EPOS Scholarships at Heidelberg Institute of Global Health | Fully Funded


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DAAD-EPOS Scholarships at Heidelberg Institute of Global Health | Fully Funded, September 11 2022






Study Location

The University of Heidelberg is the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1386. Today, roughly 30,000 students are enrolled with a high proportion of international students (ca. 18 per cent).


COURSE FOCUS: International Health

It focuses on poverty-related health problems in low- and middle-income countries. It includes the promotion of health, prevention of disease and related interventions. Studies of health systems, health economics and financing, health policy, and management of health services are central. A cursory view of diverse aspects of health in many low- and middle-income countries shows a need for improved health policy, more efficient organisation and management at all levels of health systems, and sustainable financing. In order to make health services accessible to the people who need them most, reforms are urgently needed both at the policy making level and on the delivery side. The MScIH was developed with these factors in mind.

Teaching Approach

Participatory teaching and learning methods are the underlying didactic concepts of the course. Participants are expected to take an active part throughout the course, e.g., small group work, individual study time and assignments, presentations based on their own working experience, case studies and group discussion.


The course has three distinct parts, each accounting for 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). In this system, credit points are given on the basis of Student Investment Time, i.e., how much time a student “invests” in a given topic (including lecture time, group work and individual learning time). The three parts of the MScIH are:

1. A three-month core module, providing a basic overview on essential topics in International Health.

2. Advanced modules (short courses),
offering more in-depth learning on selected topics.

3. A thesis module, allowing for guided individual research work with a personally flexible choice, including final exams.


COURSE FOCUS The course covers the diverse aspects of International Health and may be taken either as part-time study within the tropEd network or as a full-time one-year programme in Heidelberg

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DAAD scholarships are available for the full-time programme. Scholarship’s are also available through KAAD and the course is eligible for the awards of the CSLA programme of the Open Society.

Quality Assurance

The programme is accredited at the national level. All taught parts (Core Course, Advanced Modules) are additionally accredited in the tropEd network. An international standard is further ensured by faculty members of other Institutes of Public Health acting as facilitators, thesis supervisors and external examiners.

A maximum of 25 course participants are accepted into the programme, which guarantees intensive personal contact with facilitators and academic supervisors throughout the programme.



The MScIH is intended for public health-related academic professionals of all backgrounds, including nurses and physicians, with at least two years’ work experience in public health. Its focus is to provide course participants with a solid foundation in public health principles, focusing on low- and middle-income countries and competencies with the tools and methods necessary to initiate programmes that can improve health services in an efficient, sustainable and equitable way.

Career Perspective

Graduates are expected to take up policy, planning, management or teaching positions in, for example, international organisations, ministries of health, national health programmes, non-governmental organisations and universities.



Entry Requirements

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  • Public health related academic degree (minimum of four years Bachelor or Master’s degree, conform to the standard of Heidelberg University) plus at least one year professional experience in a public health related position.


English language proficiency: If an applicant’s first language is English or his/her studies at the university level have been conducted completely in English (written proof from the University is required), he/she is exempted from providing an English language proficiency test. In all other cases, proof of proficiency in the English language is required:

TOEFL minimum score 237 cBT or 92 iBT; IELTS minimum band 6.5


DEGREE AWARDED:  Master of Science in International Health (MScIH)

COURSE BEGINS: September 2023


DURATION OF GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSE PRIOR TO BEGINNING OF PROGRAMME: 2 months (for course participants awarded a DAAD scholarship)


DAAD scholarships are available for the full-time programme with the following deadline:

– Online application open from 15 May to 15 October for next year’s course.

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– Application is only possible online

(for MSc course as well as for a DAAD scholarship).

– Applications sent by Email or postal mail will not be accepted.


DAAD-EPOS Scholarships at Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a number of scholarships to international students pursuing higher education in Germany. A limited number of scholarships are available for students pursuing development-related postgraduate courses such as the MScIH programme at Heidelberg University.

Applications for the Master of Science in International Health with DAAD scholarship request are administered by the Institute of Global Health.

To be eligible for the EPOS scholarship your last academic degree may not be older than 6 years. For more detailed information on application requirements and country-specific application procedures, please see the DAAD scholarship database.

As of the application period for 2023/24, it is now mandatory to upload the DAAD application checklist alongside your application.

Applications should to be submitted online between 15 May and 15 October of the year preceding the commencement of Master’s programme.

Late and incomplete applications cannot be considered. All applications have to be submitted online. Hardcopy applications will not be considered.

Please note that you must include your DAAD scholarship application form, the DAAD application checklist and any other documents (if applicable) as part of your MScIH online application. You do not have to submit your supporting documents twice.

The selection process for DAAD scholarships starts in October. Candidates will be informed about the outcome of their application by February. Although the Institute of Global Health can nominate candidates for scholarships, the final decision lies with the DAAD.


DAAD Selection Criteria for the EPOS Programme


Formal Criteria:

• A complete set of documents including a completed and signed version of this form

• A completed DAAD application form. All information provided on the DAAD application form must match the information in your letter of motivation, on your CV, in applications to other degree programmes and in applications to other scholarship programmes

• A first degree completed with above-average grades. If your official degree certificate is not available yet, please provide confirmation from your university about your first degree

• a minimum of two years of relevant work experience at the time of the application and after completion of your first university degree

• Candidates holding a master‘s degree can only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

You must explain why you would like to study for this particular second master’s and how it expands on the one you hold already.

• Candidates’ last university degree should have been completed within the past six years.

• Candidates who have been in Germany for more than the past 15 months at the closing date for applications are not eligible.

Letter of Motivation:

• This must include a convincing explanation of your academic, professional and personal reasons for applying to this programme in Germany

• If you are applying for more than one university course:

• You must provide the SAME letter of motivation for all courses you are applying for and it must explain your academic and professional reasons for applying to these programmes

• You must explain your order of priority,

i.e. why is your first choice of programme your first choice, why is your second choice your second choice

• Please describe any professional experience relevant to your programme

• Please address how your motivation relates to the goals of the EPOS Programme.


Checklist: documents that have to be submitted to apply for DAAD scholarship in the EPOS Programme


A. DAAD application form (green)

• Host University (Question 7):

1. First choice of programme
2. Second choice (if you are interested in more than one
3. Third choice (if applicable)
Please type your answers or make sure they are easy to read

B. Letter of motivation: addressing the selection criteria, no more than two pages


• Format: EUROPASS
• Full CV without any unexplained gaps
• In reverse chronological order

D. University Certificates

• Degree / Diploma Certificates
(If the original is not in German or English, a certified translation must be provided in addition.)

E. Transcript

• Full set of transcripts

• explanation of the grade system, you must provide this as a separate document if it is not part of the
transcript (If the original is not in German or English, a certified
translation must be provided in addition.)

F. Professional experience relevant to the course you are applying for

Work certificate(s) for at least two years of relevant professional experience
(This must be printed on headed paper, include a signature, the date of issue and a stamp.)

G. Current reference

• from your employer
(on headed paper, with a recent date, signature and stamp)

H. Proof of language skills

• English

• German (only if required, certificate must not be older than one year)



How to Apply

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Application and Selection Procedure

Step 1: You send your complete application(s) directly to the according postgraduate course.

Step 2: A selection committee suggests potential candidates for a DAAD scholarship.

Step 3: The suggested candidates will be contacted by DAAD to upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.

Step 4: The selection process will be finalized, and the suggested candidates will be informed accordingly.


Make sure that you have a copy of each document of your application ready, as those documents (as PDF files) have to be uploaded to the DAAD Portal in case you are suggested for a DAAD scholarship!



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