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Scholarships and study opportunities in Germany


Introduction to German Academic Exchange Service DAAD Scholarships

DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for individuals and institutions in higher education. Since DAAD New York is the representative office for all of North America, its programs are open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of higher education institutions geographically located in the United States, Canada and their territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc).


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International Parliamentary Internships (IPS)

The International Parliamentary Scholarship gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

Deadline: June 30th of each year



The DBU Scholarship

The German Federal Environmental Foundation / Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU is one of Europe's largest foundations and promotes innovative and exemplary environmental projects.

The DBU also grants scholarships to highly qualified university graduates from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the goal of professional further qualification in nature and environmental protection.

Deadline: 1st August 2019



Scholarships of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’). We expect our scholarship recipients to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.

Application is open to graduates from all directions. Twice a year the Foundation manages an application procedure.

Deadline: March 1st and September 1st of each year



Copernicus - fellowships to undergraduate german speaking students from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the fields of law sciences, economic sciences and social sciences.

Copernicus is a registered student society, that offers every semester about 12 fellowships to undergraduate German speaking students from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the fields of law sciences, economic sciences and social sciences.

Deadline: March 1st and September 1st of each year

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Foundation of Berlin House of Representatives

The Foundation of Berlin House of Representatives supports graduates and PhDs of every functional direction from France, Great Britain, USA and the succession states of the Soviet Union, who wants to use the research facilities of Berlin.

Deadline: December 15th of each year



The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is one of the largest political education institutions in Germany today and sees itself as part of the intellectual current of democratic socialism. 

Deadline: April 1st and October 1st of each year


    Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Friedrich Ebert Foundation supports bachelor, masters and also doctoral students from Germany and other foreign countries. Students with every kind of academic background can apply/


Undergraduate nationals: April 30th and October 31st of each year

Undergraduate foreign nationals: May 31st and November 30th of each year

Doctoral students: any time




Foundation from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is provided for young and active people to support determined studies and to help them to prepare for a work for the good of the state and society, especially in such fields us science and economics, politics and management, media and cultural science, as well as for a work in international organizations. 

Deadline: January 15th and July 15th of each year


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Katholic Academic Exchange Service Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD)

The East European program provides - as an invitation program in cooperation with its partner bodies - usually shorter study and research stays in Germany. For this scholarship can apply people who are candidates from a country in Middle-, East and Southeast-Europe, from a Caucasian Country or Central Asia, have good German language skills and are catholic Christian (or general belong to a Christian denomination). Candidates from other religions can apply if they are proposed by Catholic partners and can prove their commitment to inter-religious dialogue.

For detailed information about the double-stage application procedure please send an e-mail with your questions or contact our partner committee in your country. If you are eligible to apply the KAAD will send you the full application forms.

Deadline: January 15th and June 30th of each year



Friedrich Naumann Foundation

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation awards study and doctoral scholarships to German and foreign students and doctoral candidates.

Deadline: April 30th and October 31st of each year

We accept only online applications. The application portal opens about 4 weeks before the application deadline.



Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S.

Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. supports students from the Central Europe who would like to complete a degree program (except Bachelor), a promotion, a postgraduate course or a research project, promotion of the last academic year. 

Eligible applicants are students and doctoral students in such fields as humanities and social sciences, performing and visual arts and music, but also in architecture, agriculture and forestry.

Deadline: anytime



Robert Bosch Stiftung

International Cultural Exchange „Border Crossers Europe and its Neighbors”

Research grants are provided to authors preparing publications in German that focus on making Central and Eastern as well as Southern European or North African issues accessible to a wide audience. The purpose of the publications is to inspire discussion and promote dialog and mutual understanding.

Deadline: March 31st and October 31st
of each year




Hermann-Niermann-Foundation and the University of Würzburg

Hermann-Niermann-Foundation and the University of Würzburg supports especially qualified foreign Germanists, among the promoted countries are also the Baltic States. Support is intended for study visits for the further education in the Institute for German philology of the University of Würzburg. Scholarships can be awarded to students, graduate students and postgraduates. 

Deadline: 1st December of each year




The Prof. Joachim Lenz Foundation

The foundation prize "Youth builds Europe" by the Prof. Joachim Lenz Foundation supports graduates of technical studies from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia by a one-year internship in a German company. It also supports bilateral projects in engineering. 

Deadline: anytime




Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and Leo Baeck Institute London

The organisations offer up to twelve fellowships to doctoral students who carry out research into the history and culture of Central European Jewry. All fellows remain at their home institutions but come together for two workshops in the course of the fellowship. 

Deadline: February 1st 2019

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Work contracts at Deutschbaltische Studienstiftung 

The foundation offers scholarships for students and supports research into the shared German-Baltic history.  In order to expand its work, the Studienstiftung is now looking for active people who would like to contribute through work contracts. The announcement in German can be found on the homepage under "Über uns/Stellenausschreibung".

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The Hannover Institute of Philosophical Research

The Hannover Institute of Philosophical Research is awarding two Research Fellowships from 1 October 2019 to 31 July 2020. 

Deadline: March 15th of each year


   The Institute of International Communication Düsseldorf

The Institute of International Communication is awarding fellowships for further training and for summer language classes German and business German for teaching staff and German learners. Learn German and international communication should be supported.

From October 2018 the call for tender for the scholarships 2019 will be published.

Deadline: Mai 31st of each year



Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

All grants from the Scholarship Klaus Murmann (Part of the sdw) are paid out of funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Therefore, they are subject to the BMBF guidelines when calculating scholarships.

They award scholarships to students and doctoral students with public spirit and entrepreneurial spirit.


  • Scholarship for students 26th April 2019
  • Scholarship for post-graduates 2nd of January, 2nd of April and 2nd of August

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The Marion Dönhoff Fellowship at the Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature

The Marion Dönhoff Foundation funds a fellowship program of the Michael Succow Foundation: The Marion Dönhoff Grant supports open and critical debates in the areas of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development. It sponsors persons and organizations involved in these areas in former Soviet countries. The program is a fellowship for post-graduates with professional experience.

Deadline: January 1st and July 1st of each Year



University of Hamburg

With its merit scholarship program, the University of Hamburg supports outstanding international students and doctoral researchers who have been actively involved in an international context. The awarding of a merit scholarship allows recipients to concentrate fully on their studies and gives them the opportunity to develop their skills.

Deadline: April 15th and October 15th of each year



HAW Hamburg

The Hamburg University of applied Science awards scholarships for academic merit to its international Bachelor students who have successfully completed their first two semesters and to its international Master students. The grants are awarded with funding from the City of Hamburg.

Deadline: 30th of September 2019



The Foundation of the Hessian Attorneyship

The Foundation of the Hessian Attorneyship has the goal to support international lawyers who plan to acquire additional qualification in Germany and return to their native country afterwards, by granting them a scholarship. Candidates with a stronger connection to the federal state Hesse, to hessian institutions and to the Hessian Attorneyship are deemed more worthy of support.

Deadline: anytime



University of Kassel

For international students in the final phase of their study programme, the University of Kassel offers a limited number of so-called Final Exam Scholarships.

Deadline: March 1st, July 1st, and November 1st of each year



Bread for the World

Scholarships for German and foreign theologians.

In exchange programs, funded with scholarships, Christians from all over the world experience different cultures and Christian traditions. The scholarship unit of Bread for the World administers the scholarships. Since 1992, Bread for the World has also awarded scholarships for non-theological studies to applicants from Eastern Europe. The financing is provided by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • Winter term January 1st of each year
  • Sommer term 1st July of each year



YOU.PA – Young Potentials Academy

YOU.PA is a training program organized by the Otto Benecke Foundation. Able to participate are young people between age 18 and 28 from Estonia Croatia, Latvia,  Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia the Czech Republic and Hungary who are actively involved in minority work. An internet connection as well as sufficient knowledge of computers and the German language are required. To the participants personal chances and professional perspectives are offered. Three training modules convey knowledge and methods for youth- and educational work. The Programs aim is to strengthen the work of organizations of the German minorities in middle- and eastern European countries.


 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Scholarship guide of the German Federal ministry for education and research

With its scholarship guide, the German Federal ministry for education and research (BMBF) offers an interactive portal to find a suitable scholarship based on desired criteria. The comprehensive database can be used to look for many different criteria such as stage of education, study subject or regions. The Scholarship guide is the central contact point for statewide and international scholarships in the private and public sector.



Bavarian support initiative for German foreign and partner schools (BayBIDS)

For the academic year 2018/19, scholarships will be given to graduates of German foreign and partner schools who would like to study at a Bavarian university or university of applied sciences in the coming winter semester 2019/20.

Deadline: 30th of June 



Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Scholarships for post-doctoral researchers

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes scientific cooperation between excellent foreign and German researchers.

No deadline



The German Language Foundation

The German Language Foundation promotes all endeavours that serve the German language, especially those aimed to protect the language and its further education. It addresses the detrimental influences that many mass media, advertising and some public figures have on our language through their "Denglish". The foundation is committed to a thorough linguistic education of the younger generation.

No deadline


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