The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support from the German 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 Scholarship Programme. Every year the DAAD awards more than 1,000 BMZ-funded scholarships to junior researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and South Asia to help finance their master’s or PhD programmes in their home country or region. These programmes which generally have a strong development-related focus, aim to enable trained professionals to address and deal with diverse issues in developing countries. A further aim of this programme is to sustainably improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner countries and strengthen their higher education structures.

Until now participants of the In-Country / In-Region Programme could only apply for a research visit to Germany on a case-by-case basis. To increase research visits to Germany and enable scholarship holders to further strengthen their subject-specific and interdisciplinary skills the DAAD is collaborating with German universities to offer summer schools for scholarship holders.

Target Group

The EARTHS training program is directed towards current DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders (Master or PhD students) in developing countries who have a primary qualification in health sciences, public health, or a veterinary sciences or life sciences related field with a human health focus.

Focus of the EARTHS Summer School

It is designed as a 4 week training program which aims to prepare university students and junior researchers for the tasks of teaching and research in their respective institutions. The focus will lie on scientific research methods, research project development and interactive teaching skills. The facilitators and lecturers will use a mix of teaching methods including interactive lectures, group work, workshops, presentations and plenary discussions during the teaching sessions. The course language will be English throughout.


The ‘Hamburg University of Applied Sciences – Health Sciences Department’ is organising the EARTHS (Education And Research oriented Training in Health Sciences) summer school in cooperation with the ‘Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropicial Medicine’. The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest applied science teaching and research institutes in Germany with over 16,000 students. A wide range of Bachelor and Master programmes in engineering, IT, life sciences, design and media as well as business and social sciences are offered. In the Health Sciences Department, undergraduate and postgraduate training in both German and English language is offered to students seeking to specialize in epidemiology, health economics, health promotion and public health since over twenty years. The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg is Germany’s largest institution for research, services and training in the field of tropical diseases and emerging infections. Research topics include clinical studies, epidemiology and disease control as well as the biology of the respective pathogens, their reservoirs and vectors. The Institute runs a range of courses in the field of tropical medicine, diagnostics of tropical diseases and tropical medicine for nursing staff.

Location and Date

The EARTHS summer school will be held in June 2018 in the beautiful harbour city of Hamburg in northern Germany at the ‘Hamburg University of Applied Sciences’ – Bergedorf Campus and the Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropicial Medicine.

Costs and Funding

A major part of the expenses for the EARTHS Summer School will be covered for by the DAAD through funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This includes the course fees, flight tickets, accommodation etc. Please check the EARTHS website for detailed information.

Programme Information and Application Form

Important information regarding course aims and content, program organisation, eligibitlity criteria, application procedure and form etc. can be found on the EARTHS website, under the following link:

EARTHS Website:

Download call EARTHS 2018 Announcement_Summer School in Hamburg

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