The International 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 summer school "Project development for knowledge transfer".

A building of Leipzig University, Photo: Leipzig University
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Call for Applications 2021

Leipzig University, Germany: Digital Summer School

  • Part 1 (June 7th until June 18th 2021): Digital Workshop Sessions, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Part 2 (June 19th until August 31st 2021): Digital Regular Coaching Sessions and Group Events
  • Part 3 (October 4th until October 8th 2021): Digital Workshop Sessions, Pitch Training & Project Management

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 organising a range of summer schools in Germany. One of these four-week measures is the training workshop "Project development for knowledge transfer" offered in cooperation with the International SEPT Competence Center (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training) located at Leipzig University, Germany. At the heart of this summer school is an individual project idea, which participants are required to include already in their application. A project idea canvas template will be provided. This canvas enables the applicants to further develop their ideas in the course of the training. Course content will always reflect on and relate to these projects.

The training course will be open for students on master's level or PhD students of all disciplines. Especially welcome are students from economics and social sciences. The course will focus on two key areas:

  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Leipzig University decided to split the summer school programme in three parts, which will be held digitally between June and October 2021. There will be two intensive workshop phases of two weeks in June and one week in October, the time in between will be structured by individual coaching sessions and regular team events.

A first digital run of the 2020 summer school was successful and well received by the 2020 participants. Digital teaching tools and platforms such as Zoom and Mural, online lectures, coachings, and workshops combined with phases of self-study proved highly effective. To create a 'summer school atmosphere' over distance, the university developed a special app for communication among the participants and offered various digital social and cultural activities. Additionally, Leipzig University was able to accommodate participants' costs of increased data usage (mostly for Zoom lectures).

Habibatou and Cédric are kindly sharing their first hand experience with our digital summer school.

Participants' Profile

The 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 of interest to 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 2021 (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 school 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.

Please mind that participation is possible only once: If you have joined one of the In-Country/In-Region programme's summer schools in the last years, it will not be possible to participate again in 2021. You may submit an application for up to two DAAD summer schools in 2021. However, participation will only be possible in one of them.

The programme aims to achieve a fair gender balance amongst the participants. Further, it is foreseen that the group represents a balance of Master students and PhD candidates.

People with disability are explicitly encouraged to apply! Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinators at the university or the team at the DAAD.

Application Requirements and Process

Strict closing date of the application is 6th April 2021, 23:59 Central European Time.

To apply for the training, the below steps need to be followed:

1. Submission of application via the online application form on the website Please note: The online application will be open for you from 1st March 2021.

2. Submission of documents via email (pdf files) to The subject of the email should be "Application Summer School 2021 - Name Surname". Please name the files as indicated in brackets in this list. Kindly use name and surname as indicated in your passport. The project idea canvas and a sample of the Letter of Endorsement can be downloaded from the webpage listed under step 1.

  • Project Idea Canvas - using the form provided on the above 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 the above 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. (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 early April 2021 and the selected candidates will be informed about the results of the selection meeting by mid-Mai 2021.

We highly recommend to watch this video before working on your application: Video


The following expenses will be covered by the DAAD:

  • Course costs: 4.500 €.
  • Costs for additional mobile data bundles upon request (e.g. for Zoom lectures).

Expected co-funding: Participants will be granted the costs for data bundles and materials in two rates. The first is scheduled to arrive before the first part of the course starts in June, the second one right before the beginning of the third part in October. Participants are expected to advance the costs of mobile data in case the transfer from Leipzig arrives late due to operational delays. Further, participants are expected to ration the funds for mobile data in order to be able to participate in all events of the summer school, including the Christmas event.

Further details on terms and conditions will be given to the admitted applicants together with the invitation letter.

Contact details of Programme Management

Mr. Robert Meyer; Ms. Lucina Diehl
Leipzig University
SEPT Competence Centre
Ritterstr. 9-1
04109 Leipzig Germany

Phone: +49-(0)341-9739762

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