Scholarships in Germany for international students | 2020

With an estimated student living cost of €853 per month, and little or no tuition fee, Germany has become the ideal destination for foreign students. There are many reasons why Germany is the ideal destination to pursue a degree. Some of these are; low budget in comparisons to other European countries, political and economic stability. There are many scholarships in Germany for international students despite the low tuition fee.

In this article, My German Visa has compiled a list of scholarships that are available for students willing to pursue a degree in Germany. It is challenging for most students to provide the €10, 236 in their Blocked account. Therefore, numerous programs offer scholarships for outstanding students to support their studies in Germany. We have listed available scholarships for international students in Germany. We hope you find the list useful.

List of Scholarships for International Students in Germany

1. The DeutschlandStipendium National Scholarship Programme at German Universities (Germany Scholarship Program)

Offered by: German Government
Type: Bachelors/Masters Degree
Deadline: Depends on the University (Annual)
Start of course: Winter sessions
Eligibility criteria: Excellent academic results, civic engagement and special personal achievements.

This programme offers financial aid to outstanding students from across the globe. This targets high performing, committed and talented across universities in Germany. The scholarship is granted without consideration of the student’s financial background or guardian and parent income. The scholarship is offered for two semesters. However, it may last for the entire period of study if the student keeps performing well to merit it.
The scholarship is worth €300 per month and is offered by a Private-Public collaboration. Individuals, private businesses, institutions and foundations offer €150 per month while the German Government offers the other €150.
Applicants must apply to their individual universities. Thereafter, the universities will decide whether the students merit the scholarship. Several universities offer mentorship programmes, internship placements, conferences and networking events to recipients of this scholarship.

2. DAAD Scholarship Programs

Offered by: Joint initiative of German higher institutions
Type: Postgraduate and Doctoral
Deadline: You have to apply more than a year in advance by the application deadline of October 15
Eligibility criteria: 4 years Bachelors degree(or 3 years Bachelor plus a further degree) of not more than 6 years old, Excellent academic results (top 30% of your class), at least two years of professional experience and English Language requirements.

The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) is a joint initiative of German Higher institutions. The aim of this organisation is to promote international academic relations through scientists, researchers and student exchange.
The DAAD scholarship is worth €850 per month for postgraduate students and €1,200 per month for doctoral students. Also, the scholarship will take care of all study and research allowances, tuition and participation fee during the period of study. DAAD also pays health, accidents and liability insurance coverage in Germany. This may also include travel costs unless it is handled by the home country or another funding source.
However, the program mandates that the recipient completes a 2 months German course before the start of the program.
The DAAD scholarship database has a list of available scholarships. Also, it has a list of programmes offered by various German universities.

Students from developing prefer the DAAD Scholarships for Development-related Postgraduate Courses and the DAAD Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance.

3. Erasmus Scholarship Programs in Germany

Offered by: European Commission
Type: Masters and PhD
Deadline: Applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year
Eligibility criteria: Bachelors Degree with good grades

There are many programs in Germany funded by Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus+ scholarships which students can benefit. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. This is an EU-wide grant offered by members of the European Union to International students. You must be enrolled in a higher institution in order to get the scholarship. Also, your home university and the hosting German university must sign the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
The grant covers travel, tuition, accommodation and enrollment fees. The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) catalogue contains a list of available programs.

4. Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships in Germany

Offered by: Heinrich Böll Foundation
Type: Masters/PhD Degree
Deadline: 1 March (Annual)
Eligibility criteria: Ongoing Bachelors Degree with good grades, and interest in values like ecology, sustainability, democracy, human rights, self-determination as well as justice

The Heinrich Böll Foundation offers about 1,200 scholarships to high performing students annually. These students must be enrolled in a state-recognized university in Germany and pursuing their degree there. The scholarship includes students from all nationalities. Also, students must demonstrate that they have an interest in any of the following: ecology, sustainability, democracy, human rights, self-determination and justice. Students must show political or social engagements in any of these aspects.

The scholarship includes €850 per month for non-EU students doing a Masters with the possibility of covering tuition fee. For EU masters students, it is €649 per month with an additional €300 for books. The aid covers the entire period of study. However, it can be extended for an additional semester as need be.
On the other hand, non-EU PhD students get €1,200 per month, in addition to €100 mobility allowance per month and other individual allowances (excluding tuition fees). Whereas EU PhD students get €1,350 per month, plus €100 research costs allowance (excluding tuition fees). The aid covers a two year period for PhD candidates. However, it can be extended twice, for by half a year each.

5. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany for International Students

Offered by: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Type: Masters/PhD Degree
Deadline: 15 July (annual)
Eligibility criteria: Successfully completed their undergraduate studies in their home country.

This scholarship program targets students with political interests who have good grades in their previous courses of study. The aim of the scheme is to encourage and push forward international students and doctoral candidates who obtained a Bachelors degree in their home country. As a result, foreign students from developing countries and countries going through a political reform have the advantage to grasp this aid. Students wanting to complete a postgraduate, doctorate, or research programme can apply for this scholarship.

The aid is worth €850 per month for Masters and Postgraduate students and covers a 2 years period. Also, it is €1,100 for Doctoral and Research candidates. €500 of the tuition fee can be reimbursed per semester for courses related to a doctoral project.
It is worth noting that during these scholarships, international networks and intercultural dialogues get promoted between the home country and Germany. This promotes the relations between both countries.

6. The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Scholarship in Germany for International Students

Offered by: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Type: Postgraduate, Doctorate, or Research programme
Eligibility criteria: German language, Good academic achievements and Student of African, Asian, Latin Americas and Eastern European descent

This scholarship is available for students who are willing to pursue their studies at a state or state-recognized university in Germany. The aim of the scholarship program is to promote social democracy. This is done by academic financial assistance. Therefore, the target is students in social sciences, politics, or humanities.

There are 40 places available annually for students to occupy. However, these 40 students must demonstrate an understanding of the German language and above-average academic achievements.

Undergraduate recipients get €830 per month while Masters students receive €850 per month. In addition, they get health insurance cost.

Other Scholarships in Germany for International students

  1. Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship for International Students

Type: Masters/PhD Degree
Deadline: 31 Oct 2020/30 April 2021 (Annual)
Study location: Germany, Switzerland
Course start date: Oct 2020/April 2021

2. Haniel Stipend Program for the Master of Public Policy program at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

Offered by: Haniel Foundation
Type: Masters Degree
Deadline: 31 May 2020 (Annual)
Study location: Germany
Course start date: Autumn 2020

3. DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

Offered by: DRD-SA
Type: Masters/PhD Degree
Deadline: 20 June 2020 (annual)
Study location: Germany/South Africa
Course start date: Jan-May 2021

4. International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) Scholarships

Offered by: Erasmus Mundus/VLIR_UOS
Type: Masters Degree
Deadline: 28 Feb 2020 (Annual)
Study location: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain
Course start date: September 2020

5. Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship

6. Humboldt Research Fellowship

7. Kofi Annan MBA Scholarships at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.

8. The KAAD Scholarship

9. Marie Curie

German Universities offering Scholarships

Most German public universities offer free education with a semester fee of about €200. However, there are some that offer scholarships.

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences offers scholarships to international students for all subjects (with an exception to design, public health and public management) enrolled in a master’s program at the university.

Heidelberg University has a variety of scholarships for international students like the Amirana Scholarship for students from developing countries to study Medicine or Dentistry.

RWTH Aachen University has funding opportunities for both international and home students.

Universität Hamburg offers Scholarships to all outstanding international students of all levels and courses who have been enrolled in their program for at least two semesters.

Ulm University has need-based scholarships for international students close to their graduation. The funding is offered solely for a semester.

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