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Costs & Funding


The arising costs for the entire study differ depending on the respective second year SPRING partner university. A detailed compilation of costs and expenses can be downloaded here.

First Year: 13,000 Euro
(including living expenses, flight costs, accommodation, insurances etc.)

Second Year: 12,000 to 18,000 Euro
(including living expenses, flight costs, accommodation, insurances etc.).

DAAD EPOS Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to prominent/outstanding SPRING candidates from developing countries on a highly competitive basis from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD Scholarships cover the entire two-year SPRING Programme.

The selection of qualified candidates is jointly taken by SPRING and DAAD and requires the following documents (taken from the EPOS brochure "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses"):

  • Signed DAAD application form with current date; when applying, please tick the third programme on the first page ("Study scholarship for a postgraduate course with relevance to developing countries").
  • Personally signed CV (please use the sample europass form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/) with current date
  • Personally signed Letter of Motivation (with reference to current occupation and choice of postgraduate programme(s), two pages maximum) with current date.
  • IMPORTANT: When applying for more than one postgraduate course (maximum 3 courses), you have to submit one motivation letter explaining why you are applying for these specific courses and why you chose that priority.
  • Letter of recommendation from your current employer; the letter must have letterhead, a signature and official stamp and must be of current date (not in a sealed envelope)
  • Certificate(s) of Employment from the employer(s) that proof a minimum of two years of rele-vant working experience (after the bachelor degree) at the time of application and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment from your current employer upon returning home.
  • Proof of English Language Skills – IELTS or TOEFL (Note: The institutional TOEFL is not accepted)
  • Copies of Academic Degrees (certified translation if necessary)
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts, incl. grading-scale (certified translation if necessary)
  • Applicants from the People’s Republic of China are asked to submit an APS Certificate with their application documents.

All further information can be found in the EPOS brochure "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses".

Please note that the DAAD EPOS scholarship is not applicable for Chile.


Because admission to the SPRING Programme does not automatically include an award of a scholarship, we advise applicants to seek for financial support from their own countries or from international donors.

For international applicants: Please find a list of potential donor organisations here.
For German applicants: Please find a list of potential donor organisations here
or search for a scholarship in the DAAD scholarship database here.

Payment of Fees

If you are a "self-financed" participant or receive a scholarship from another funding organization you are requested to

  • transfer the service fee (550,-€) once you have received the invoice from TU Dortmund University;
  • submit a statement of regular income of yourself or a private sponsor together with a declaration that she or he will finance your entire studies (TU Dortmund University as and 2nd year University) or a copy of your scholarship award;
  • transfer the matriculation fee to the TU Dortmund University before semester start and
  • you have to transfer the academic expenses which arise for the selected second year destination to the respective SPRING partner university before the start of the second study year.

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