New books, meals in the cafeteria, rent: studying involves a lot of expenses. Scholarships can help you complete your degree with a little less stress. That’s why it’s worth knowing about the various funding providers, funding types and application modalities whilst studying in Germany.

International students can apply to various organisations for a scholarship. The 13 Begabtenförderungswerke are the largest group of scholarship providers and are organizations supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They represent important societal groups and have for example a political, religious or economic background. They support students and doctoral candidates financially and morally during their academic training. The level of funding depends on the scholarship holder’s family income. The basic guidelines are determined by the funding guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education & Research. Above average achievements are just as important as civic engagements.

There are also many other scholarship providers in Germany: Smaller foundations often focus on particular subjects or cities. Higher education institutions also award scholarships.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and researchers contains numerous scholarship offers for study or teaching visits and research projects in Germany.
Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship database

At the link below, you will find information and answers to questions related to scholarship requirements, application forms, the application through DAAD portal and the selection process. Also information on deadlines and the necessary language skills. You can also download documents on DAAD programmes and leaflets on entering and staying in Germany.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants upto 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually to graduate students from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the US, with international outlook and initial leadership experience, irrespective of their field of work.

The German Chancellor Fellowships

Set up by Heidelberg University alumni in 2016, Amirana scholarship offers financial assistance to students from developing countries to pursue degrees in Medicine & Dentistry at Heidelberg University.

Amirana scholarship

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