DAAD Scholarships for Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering) in Germany

Research Scholarship in Engineering , in Natural Science
  • Germany, Germany
  • Apply Before : December 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 3179
  • Degree Master
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • Fields of study Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineerin
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 2 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The 2025/26 DAAD EPOS Scholarship application is open to study for a Master of Science in Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) at the Technical University of Darmstadt—University of Applied GeoScience in Germany.

Program Introduction

Master of Science (Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering)  TropHEEis is offered to international students pursuing their master’s degree in Germany. The TropHEE Master of Science course focuses on applying geoscientific fundamentals to hydrogeology and environmental management issues, particularly sustainable development in tropical and subtropical countries. It offers a comprehensive, research-oriented education in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geosciences and Engineering at the Master’s level as part of the international development cooperation framework.

The study program includes different basic subjects, which are elective depending on the student’s undergraduate studies: geology, Rocks and Minerals, Hydrogeology, and Geo-Information Systems (GIS). A six-week field trip to a semiarid region for practical training and a project seminar is mandatory.

TU Darmstadt does not provide scholarships, so applicants who require financial aid should apply for scholarships from external sources such as the DAAD. The scholarship application process typically takes several months. TropHEE is also included in the DAAD scholarship program for postgraduate courses for developing countries (EPOS). Qualified applicants may apply for a limited number of scholarships.

Scholarship Details

Application deadlines: 

  • For DAAD Scholarship: December 15, 2024
  • For self-financed study: August 31, 2025

Location: Germany

Level of study: Master of Science

Field of study: Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering

Course language: English

Host University: Technische Universität Darmstadt (Technical University of Darmstadt)

Starting Date: Every year in October

Duration: Two years

German Preparatory Course: Three weeks for scholarship students

Eligible Countries: Developing Countries, including Afghanistan

Gender: Male/Female

Specialization modules include:

  • Hydrochemistry;
  • Hydrogeochemistry of Contaminants; Soil and Unsaturated Zone;
  • Clay Mineralogy;
  • Aquifer Sedimentology;
  • Hydrogeology of Semiarid Areas;
  • Geophysical Methods;
  • Isotope and Tracer Techniques;
  • Groundwater Modelling;
  • Remote Sensing and Statistics;
  • Hydrogeological Methods;
  • Hydraulic Engineering;
  • Water Management and
  • Geo-Environmental Engineering


  • Monthly payments of 934 euros for master’s and 1,300 euros for Ph.D candidates
  • Health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance provided (unless covered by home country or other funding)
  • Additional benefits may include:
    • Monthly rent subsidy
    • Monthly allowance for accompanying family members

Eligible Countries

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants should be from developing countries, including Afghanistan
  • Scholarship holders must work for a public authority, state, or private company in a developing country and focus on development policies.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with academic performance in the upper third and at least two years of related professional experience.
  • Academic degrees should not be more than six years old.
  • Applicants residing in Germany for over 15 months at the deadline are ineligible.
  • For German courses: Must pass DSH 2 or TestDaF 4, with at least B1 level at application, and prove it with a certificate.
  • Passing DSH or TestDaF is required for university enrollment, even after a 6-month preparatory course.
  • You Must Take IELTS Band 6 or TOEFL (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) for English courses, though some courses may demand different levels.

Selection Process

The following is the selection process for the applicants:

  • Candidates meet academic standards for success in German study programs (top-third performance, language proficiency).
  • Candidates hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Candidates possess a minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • Candidates demonstrate a development-focused motivation with a commitment to social responsibility and fostering change in their personal and professional spheres post-training/scholarship.

Required Documents

Prepare and submit these documents for your applications:

  • Completed and signed checklist
  • DAAD application “Application for a research/study scholarship” (typed answers or easy-to-read handwriting)
  • Curriculum Vitae in reverse chronological order using Europass template, including precise details on studies and practical experience.
  • Letter of Motivation outlining academic, professional, and personal reasons for program application
  • If applying for multiple postgraduate courses (up to 3), provide detailed reasons for choice and prioritization in the letter of motivation.
  • Letter of recommendation from current employer, on official letterhead with signature and stamp (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Certificate(s) of Employment showing at least two years of post-bachelor work experience and, if possible, a guarantee of re-employment
  • Recent proof of Language Skills: English (IELTS or TOEFL, institutional TOEFL not accepted) and German (if applicable)
  • Copies of higher education degree certificates, with certified translations if not in German or English
  • Full set of the transcript of records with an explanation of the grading system if not included
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China must include an APS Certificate.


  • Applications must be submitted in English or German
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • If you are applying for multiple courses, you must provide one motivation letter explaining your choices and priorities; failure to do so may result in application rejection or scholarship withdrawal.
  • Check University requirements for certified copies.

 How To Apply?

Apply directly to the chosen study program:

  • Step 1: Submit your complete application(s) directly to the ToropHEE course.
  • Step 2: A selection committee identifies potential candidates for a DAAD scholarship.
  • Step 3: Contacted candidates upload their complete application to the DAAD Portal.
  • Step 4: Finalize the selection process; inform candidates accordingly.

Note: Ensure you have PDF copies of all application documents ready for potential DAAD scholarship suggestions and upload them to the DAAD Portal.

Your application should be addressed to the TropHEE office:



Or by mail to:

Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
Institute of Applied Geosciences
TropHEE Office / DAAD Application
Schnittspahnstr. 9
64287 Darmstadt

Please visit the DAAD or university website for more details about the scholarship.


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