Postgraduate Training Programme for Development Cooperation

Development cooperation is changing: Long gone is the practice of transferring knowledge, financial resources and skilled people from the global North to the South in a one-way fashion. Today, we are in need of mutual learning and common strategies. Junior and experienced professionals have to meet these requirements.

Each year, the nine-month Postgraduate Training Programme of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) prepares up to 18 German and European university graduates for the challenging tasks and responsibilities of international development cooperation.

Participants learn to deal with the practical challenges of sustainable development in a globalised world. Core part of the training programme is a research project in a developing or transition country: within small and interdisciplinary groups, participants design and conduct a study for eleven weeks and later evaluate and conclude the results once they are back in Bonn.

To prepare participants for the job market, DIE provides extensive advice and assists with the job application procedure.

An excellent command of German is required to participate in the training course.

Please refer to the information provided in German to find out more about programme details and admission requirements.

Contact Head of Postgraduate Training Programme

Regine Mehl 

Phone +49 (0)228 94927-288
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

Assistance Postgraduate Training Programme

Image: Nuria Doménech

Nuria Doménech

Phone +49 (0)228 94927-277
Fax + 49 (0)228 94927-130


Seit 5. Dezember 2016 läuft die Bewerbungsphase für den 53. Postgraduiertenkurs bis einschließlich 31. März 2017!
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Dates Postgraduate Training Programme

Begin of application process: 5 December 2016

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2017

Selection process: 7 to 8 June 2017

Course starts on: 1 September 2017