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, the German Development Institute provides extensive advice and assists with the job application procedure. Most of the programme graduates achieve a successful career start in international and national development organisations. However, the German Development Institute can offer no assurance that the graduates get a subsequent employment. In Germany, around 250 young professionals are hired every year for the professional field of bi- and multilateral development cooperation.

Training Programme

The Postgraduate Programme of the German Development Institute starts every year at the 1st of September and covers a period of nine months.

Admission Requirements

All information you need to apply for the Postgraduate Programme.

Training Contents

The contents of the training are based on the professional profiles of national and international development organizations and are continuously updated.

Career Entry in the Development Cooperation

Next to the professional training offer the German Development Institute also gives advice for vocational orientation. The Institute uses its years of knowledge and close contacts to important German and international institutions of the Development Cooperation.

52nd Course

The 52nd training course of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik has started on 1 September 2016


The German Development Institute maintains contact with the graduates of the programme: This gives the opportunity to socialize and discuss current development issues.

Contact Head of Postgraduate Training Programme

Regine Mehl 

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

Assistance Postgraduate Training Programme

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Nuria Doménech

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

Dates Postgraduate Training Programme

Begin of application process: 4 December 2017

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2018

Selection process: June 2018

Course starts on: 3 September 2018