The SEPT Competence Center, with support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and BMZ, supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries via the international digital IDEA summer school.

IDEA Summer School, Picture: iN4iN
IDEA Summer School, Picture: iN4iN

Call for Applications 2022

Call for Applications 2022

  • Part 1: June 27th to July 1st – Research-Based Innovation
  • Part 2: July 25th to 29th – Research-Based Business Models
  • Part 3: October 17th to 28th – Transfer in Teaching at Learning at HEI
  • Virtual Conference: November 9th to 11th

Application Deadline: *extended till 10th April 2022, 21:59 GMT// 23:59 CEST*

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the In-Country/In-Region Programme. The programme aims to enable trained professionals to address and deal with diverse societal, economic, and ecological issues in developing countries. A further objective is to sustainably improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner regions and to strengthen their higher education profile.

As an additional offer for scholarship holders of the In-Country/In-Region Programme, the DAAD cooperates with German universities in organizing a range of summer schools in Germany. One of these is the IDEA Summer School offered in cooperation with the International SEPT Competence Center (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training) located at Leipzig University, Germany.

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Leipzig University was forced to change the programme and structure of the IDEAS Programme 2022. Uncertainty regarding intercontinental travel restrictions made planning a stay in Germany as well as visa applications impossible. All DAAD funded summer school within this program have therefore decided to shift the training to a fully digital format.

The first two digital summer schools in 2020 and 2021 were successful and well received by the 2020 and 2021 participants.

Check out the alumni video testimonies here

Program Content

The aim of the online summer school is to enable the participants to plan and implement their projects for knowledge transfer. Therefore, the project ideas are at the heart of the IDEA summer school. We will focus on three channels of knowledge transfer: Innovation, entrepreneurship (business idea development) and teaching.

The summer school allows to put an emphasis on one of those channels by submitting a respective project idea with the application to the respective track. In each part of the summer school there are 3 days of general program. In addition to this, parts 1 to 3 have two days exclusively dedicated to the participants in the respective track.

Each day, the program will be composed of an input block from 7:00 – 9:00 GMT and a practical workshop block from 9:30 – 11:00 GMT. It is recommended to continue to work on your projects beyond those times. The workload is 12 to 20 hours per week. Each of the tracks aims to enable the participant to develop his/her own project idea further as a direct output of the summer school.  The summer school will be concluded in a virtual conference where all the results will be presented.

Your Benefits

By participating in the IDEA Summer School you will profit from a number of personal and academic benefits:

  • Training of a value of 4,000€, costs for 160GB data bundles to participate in online sessions included
  • Workshops and coaching with experienced partners from Africa and Germany
  • Discussions and contacts with international peers
  • Access to international (academic) networks via our official community app, during community events such as movie screenings, cooking events, intercultural workshops and the monthly SEPT Research Colloquium
  • Potential contacts to support you during the application process for research stays, etc.
  • Get a first glimpse of German everyday culture and meet the SEPT teams including students and researchers!
  • Joint development of a proposal for an alumni event in person
  • Certificate of participation issued by Leipzig University and DAAD
  • Through the entrepreneurship and innovation tracks you will be well prepared for a submission in the AGEA business idea competition
  • In the training track you will develop a course or educational resource to be used and published

Participants’ Profile

The IDEA Summer School (previously ‘Project Development for Knowledge Transfer training’) is targeting advanced students on Master or PhD level of all disciplines from developing countries. The programme is especially designed for those who have an interest in setting up their own business or implementing their own ideas as development projects.

The key criteria are:

  • Applicants are active scholarship holders of the DAAD’s In-Country/In-Region Programme as of 1st January 2022 (if your scholarship expires before or starts after that date, participation is not possible).
  • Applicants should hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Active and excellent English language skills (speaking and writing) are indispensable as the language of communication of the summer scholl will be English. If you are not sure about your level of fluency and/ or the suitability of your documents, please contact the coordinators at the university in charge.
  • The provision of international experience will be considered an asset.
  • High personal motivation and willingness to get actively involved during the training sessions are expected from the participants.

Application Requirements and Process

Application Deadline: *extended till 10th April 2022, 21:59 GMT// 23:59 CEST*

1. Submission of application via the online application form on this website

2. Submission of documents via email (pdf files) to septschool(at) The subject of the email should be ‘Application Summer School 2022 – Name Surname’. Please name the files as indicated in this list. Kindly use name and surname as indicated in your passport.

  • Project Idea Canvas - using the form provided on this webpage. (Please name this file as Canvas_Name_Surname)
  • Letter of Endorsement from PhD supervisor (for PhD candidates) or leader of degree programme (for Master study candidates) with date, seal and signature - using the form provided on this webpage. (Please name this file as Endorsement_Name_Surname)
  • Letter of Motivation (max. 1 page) outlining which role you think the training will play for your professional career. (Please name this file as Motivation_Name_Surname)
  • Proof of excellent English Proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate) is considered an asset. Should a proof of English proficiency not be provided together with application, shortlisted candidates will need to participate in a telephone interview. If the language of instruction in your program is English you may state this in your CV. (Please name this file as English_Name_Surname)
  • Copy of passport. (Please name this file as Passport_Name_Surname)
  • CV. (Please name this file as CV_Name_Surname)

The selection will be based on the implementability of the project and the expected value addition through SEPT and the summer school. The potential to link the project owner with relevant experts will also considered as well as the formal quality of the application. The selection committee, comprised of high-profile higher education management experts and staff of DAAD, meets in April and the selected candidates will be informed about the results of the selection meeting by the first half of May 2022.

We highly recommend watching this video before working on your application.

Contact details of Programme Management

Mr. Robert Meyer; Ms. Lucina Diehl
Leipzig University
SEPT Competence Centre
Ritterstr. 9-13
04109 Leipzig, Germany



Phone: +49-(0)341-9739762


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