Scholarships to Study in Germany

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Germany is one of the popular destinations for international students globally. More than 12% of students studying in most German universities come from overseas. Germany has a rich cultural history and its universities degree are highly respected by employers. However, finances are one of the obstacles most students face in order to realise their dream. Even though the tuition fees in most German universities are one of the cheapest around, students, especially those from the low middle-income countries cannot afford it. We have selected the following scholarships which we hope would be helpful in your quest towards acquiring a world-class degree.

1. THE DEUTSCHLANDSTIPENDIUM

The Deutschlandstipendium provides financial and non-material support to talented students from all over the world. It is modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros. But there is even more: Many universities and private sponsors also support Deutschlandstipendium holders through concurrent mentoring programs, networking events and internships.

•ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to international students.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded €300 EUR per month for international top-class talent.

•DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the program of study you’re enrolled in

2. DAAD SCHOLARSHIPS IN GERMANY FOR DEVELOPMENT

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German universities

•ELIGIBILITY: These scholarships are open to graduates with at least two years of professional experience.

AWARD: Depending on the academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates; Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance coverage; Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.

•DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the program of study you’re enrolled in.

3. HEINRICH BOLL SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students from inside and outside Germany.

•ELIGIBILITY: These scholarships are open to international students, both EU and non-EU, who are not educated in Germany.

•DEADLINE: August.

•AWARD: Non-EU students will be awarded up to €750 EUR per month plus various individual allowances; EU students will be awarded up to €649

4. KAAD SCHOLARSHIPS IN GERMANY FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

The KAAD scholarships are available to post-graduates and academics who have already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany.

•ELIGIBILITY: These scholarships are open to students from a developing or emerging country in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America and are currently living there; Have a university degree and professional experience from their home country; Want to acquire a master’s degree or a PhD at a German university or do a post-doctoral research project (2-6 months for established university lecturers) at a German university; Are a Catholic Christian (or, more generally, if they belong to a Christian denomination). Candidates from other religions can apply if they are proposed by Catholic partners and can prove their commitment to interreligious dialogue; Possess German language skills before starting the studies (KAAD can provide a language course of max. 6 months in Germany).

•AWARD: Not specified.

•DEADLINE: Not specified.

5. KONRAD-ADENAUER-STIFTUNG AWARDS

This awards scholarships to international master’s students and graduates in order to enable study and research at German universities.

•ELIGIBILITY: For full eligibility requirements, click the link above.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded a monthly scholarship of €750 and other multiple subsidies.

•DEADLINE: July.

6. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL HAW HAMBURG MASTER’S STUDENTS

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences awards scholarships to academically strong international students studying in master’s degree programs.

•ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to students meeting the following requirements: Are an international master’s student at the HAW Hamburg; Have completed their school education abroad or have successfully graduated form a Studienkolleg; Have completed their graduate program in Germany or abroad; Are not eligible for a BAföG loan (Federal Training Assistance Act). If you fulfill the criteria for a BAföG loan you are not eligible for the scholarship even if you do not actually receive the funding; Students from the courses Design, Public Health, Public Management, Social and Health Management as well as the further educational master’s in Heide and Lüchow-Dannenberg cannot apply for the scholarship.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded up to €500 EUR per month for up to five months.

•DEADLINE: October.

7. DRD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS

DRD Scholarships are merit-based scholarships for students from developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa pursuing a master’s degree.

•ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded a monthly allowance of €650 EUR plus travel allowances.

•DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the program of study you’re enrolled in.

8. REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTER’S PROGRAM AT ESMT BERLIN IN GERMANY

ESMT Berlin is offering regional scholarships for international students for the 2017-2018 academic year. These scholarships are available for students pursuing master’s programs in management.

•ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility varies depending on the scholarship. For full eligibility requirements, click the link above

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded up to €5,000 EUR per scholarship.

•DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the scholarship.

9. GEORG FORSTER RESEARCH AWARD

The Georg Forster Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.

•ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to nationals of a developing or transition country (excluding People’s Republic of China and India).
Furthermore, at the time of nomination, they must have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded a total of €60,000 EUR. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.

•DEADLINE: October.

10. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS REST AND REFUGE SCHOLARSHIP

This Scholarship is a project run by Reporters without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to die tageszeitung (taz), a daily newspaper in Berlin.

•ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to journalists who need a time out from their difficult working conditions. This might be the case after covering stories in an oppressive environment or after covering stories in war or unrest; Journalists who feel the need to lie low awhile and get out of the view of state security because of their journalistic work.

•AWARD: Recipients will be awarded travel expenses, accommodation, pocket money, and free transportation in Berlin for up to three months.

•DEADLINE: July.

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