DAAD Scholarship in Germany, 2021

The German Academic Exchange(DAAD) invites application from qualified candidates for the Scholarship at Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre in 2021.

As matters relating to intellectual property play an important role in the fields of science, technology, business and the arts, the need for expertise in intellectual property issues steadily increases. No matter what your profession or educational training, in the course of your work you will have come across the multifaceted and fascinating nature of IP in action.

The various aspects of IP law and related areas of competition law may seem independent of each other at first glance. However, in daily practice, especially when dealing with multinational clients, it quickly becomes apparent that they are highly interconnected. To cite just one example, in order to strategically manage an IP portfolio, one must have both a firm grasp of various areas of IP law as well as an understanding of the relevant markets.

Whereas in the past such knowledge was divided among several departments within a company or various experts within a law firm, the complexity of modern IP transactions now demands that each person involved on a project or case possess well-rounded knowledge of IP related issues. This know-how improves the internal processes of communication, the image of the business and, last but not least, the finished “product”.

Worth of Award
  • The scholarship recipients will be granted a full waiver of the MIPLC tuition and participation fee.
  • In addition, the DAAD will pay the scholarship recipients a monthly stipend of EUR 850.
  • As a rule, the scholarship also includes certain payments towards health, accident and liability insurance coverage in Germany.
  • Furthermore, the DAAD will generally pay an appropriate travel allowance, unless these costs are covered by the home country or by another funding source.
  • The DAAD will also pay a study and research allowance.
  • Last but not least, the scholarship covers a mandatory two-month German course before the start of the program.
  • The scholarship does not cover additional costs, e.g. your enrollment fees or the fees for a semester ticket for public transport in Munich.
Eligibility of the DAAD Scholarship:

Please also refer to the brochure for “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses” for more information. Where MIPLC and DAAD have differing requirements, the stricter requirement applies.

You are eligible for the DAAD scholarship for “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses” if you fulfill the following formal requirements:

  • You hold at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree (or a three-year Bachelor’s degree plus a further degree), completed with above-average results (top 30%).
  • You received your latest degree no more than six years before your scholarship application.
  • You have at least two years of full-time professional experience gained in a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country (university staff and academics are generally not taken into account). To meet this requirement, it is sufficient if you have completed the two years by February of the year in which you intend to start your studies at the MIPLC. In any case, the experience must have been gained after the completion of your first university degree.
  • You meet the English language requirements of the MIPLC.

These criteria are applied very strictly. If you do not fulfil them, you will not be considered for the DAAD scholarship. However, you are still welcome to apply for admission to the MIPLC, provided you fulfil the MIPLC admission criteria.

How to Apply of the DAAD Scholarship:
  • Following the five steps described below will help you to successfully take this first hurdle.
  • Download and Carefully Read the Application Instructions: Among other things, the Application Instructions include a list of documents to be submitted together with the application form.
  • Fill in the Application Form: To fill in the application form, please use their online application system, accessible by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the end of the page. Pressing the “Send” button at the end of the application form will not only transmit your data to the MIPLC, it will also generate a PDF document of your application form that you can download and/or send to your e-mail address.
  • Print and Sign Your Application Form: Since the application form is your formal request to the MIPLC to process your application, please make sure to sign this document and include it in your application package.
  • Add the Required Documents: Please attach all required documents listed in the Application Instructions. To make sure that nothing is missing, please use the checklist at the end of the application form PDF.
  • Send Your Application : The MIPLC’s mailing address to which you should send your application is indicated both in the Application Instructions and in the checklist at the end of the application form PDF. Kindly note that they do not return any documents. Therefore please make sure to send copies of documents of which only one original exists.
  • Due to the difficulties obtaining and sending hard copies under Covid-19 restrictions, we currently also accept electronic applications sent by e-mail. In view of file size and legibility, we kindly ask you to send PDF documents rather than photos of your documents wherever possible.
  • Please submit your documents simultaneously to the following e-mail addresses:
  • [email protected] and [email protected]

Deadline:  Applications close on October 15, 2020.


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