Admission Requirements

  • Completed Master’s degree, preferably in economic or social sciences; first state examination (teaching profession); second state examination (Jura, at least fully satisfactory); good to very good grades

  • German (C2); English (C1 – C2) and at least one further UN-language or Portuguese (B2)

  • Please note that you have to have a good command of the second UN-language (at least B2). If this is not the case, we can not consider your application. We do not need any language certificate, your self-assessment is enough. Your language skills are reviewed by native speakers in case of a commitment.

  • German or EU citizenship (also Switzerland and Norway)

  • Development-related topics covered during your study programme

  • Work or study experience in countries of the global south or transition countries

  • Younger than 30 years at the beginning of the course (1st of September)

  • Intention to work in international cooperation for sustainable development; willingness to go abroad


You can NOT apply if you have already participated in another German junior development programme, for example the GIZ-Trainee-Programme or the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs. Participants of the Carlo-Schmid-Programme can still apply for the Postgraduate Programme.


Here you find the application form.

Assistance Postgraduate Training Programme

Image: Nuria Doménech

Nuria Doménech

E-mail Nuria.Domenech@remove-this.die-gdi.de
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

Contact Head of Postgraduate Training Programme

Regine Mehl 

E-mail Regine.Mehl@die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-288
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130