Joint PhD Peace and Security in Africa Scholarships

Universität Leipzig Germany

Joint PhD Peace and Security in Africa Scholarships at Universität Leipzig Germany

Be part of a unique transnational Joint PhD Peace and Security in Africa Scholarships experience in which you graduate from two prestigious universities in Africa and Europe. Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Leipzig University in Germany jointly offer a two-year MA program AND a three-year PhD Program that takes Africa at its heart. Get immersed in an interdisciplinary and intercultural

environment that provides you with the knowledge and skills required in a global job market. The program takes place in Addis Ababa, the political capital of Africa, and includes an organized semester at Leipzig University, the center of excellence for research on processes of globalization and area studies.

Leipzig University, in Leipzig in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, is one of the world’s oldest universities and the second-oldest university (by consecutive years of existence) in Germany. The university was founded on 2 December 1409 by Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, and his brother William II, Margrave of Meissen, and originally comprised the four scholastic faculties. Since its inception, the university has engaged in teaching and research for over 600 years without interruption.

The university was modeled on the University of Prague, from which the German-speaking faculty members withdrew to Leipzig after the Jan Hus crisis and the Decree of Kutná Hora. The Alma mater Lipsiensis opened in 1409 after it had been officially endorsed by Pope Alexander V in his Bull of Acknowledgment on (9 September of that year).

Its first rector was Johann von Münsterberg. From its foundation, the Paulinerkirche served as the university church. After the Reformation, the church and the monastery buildings were donated to the university in 1544. To secure independent and sustainable funding, the university was endowed with the lordship over nine villages east of Leipzig (university villages). It kept this status for nearly 400 years until land reforms were carried out in the 19th century.

The university’s urban campus comprises several locations. All in all, the university is spread across 38 locations in Leipzig. The main buildings in the city center are still located on the same land plots as the earliest university buildings in 1409. The university’s buildings in the center of Leipzig underwent substantial reconstruction from 2005, the new university’s main building being drafted by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat. The estimated total cost for the renovation project is 140 million euros. The new buildings were scheduled to be completed in 2009/2010, in time for the university’s 600th-anniversary celebrations.

The university is ranked 18th in Germany, 98th in Europe, and 264th in the world by the web-based Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, a ranking evaluating universities’ scientific online publications. The 2018 ARWU ranking sees Leipzig climbing in the 151–200 tier being among the top 14 German universities. Leipzig has constantly been ranked among the German top 10 in various university sports disciplines over the past decades.


  • 2.500 € per semester
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek financial support / a scholarship from sources such as government institutions, employers, donor institutions, or non-governmental organizations
  • Partial DAAD scholarships and fee waivers are possible depending on study results

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Eligibility for the Joint PhD Peace and Security in Africa Scholarships

  • Proof of an above-average certificate of higher education that qualifies for PhD studies (Master’s or the recognized equivalent from an accredited higher education institution)
  • An exposé for a PhD dissertation (not exceeding 3.500 words) that presents the research question and approach, including an analysis of the state of the art
  • A three-year working plan including finances and logistics
  • Two letters of reference by professors, lecturers, or employers
  • Chronological curriculum vitae
  • A letter with a personal statement
  • Proof of nationality (copy of passport)
  • If the previous degree was not awarded by a university that uses English as the language of instruction: proof of sufficient English skills

How to Apply for the Joint PhD Peace and Security in Africa Scholarships

Rediat Mesfin

Addis Ababa University 

Institute for Peace and Security Studies

MA Global Studies: Peace and Security in Africa

Email: rediat.m[at]

P.O. Box 1176 

Addis Ababa



Dr. Susanne Kranz

Leipzig University 

Global and European Studies Institute 

MA Global Studies: Peace and Security in Africa

Email: susanne.kranz[at]

Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1 

04105 Leipzig 


The application deadline for this scholarship is February 15, 2023.


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