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Scholarships to International Students in Germany

With a world-class education, low tuition costs, excellent infrastructure, leading research opportunities and multiple student scholarships, Germany is among the top five student destinations (ranking by UNESCO) around the world.

Most Prestigious Scholarships for International Students in Germany -


DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers multiple scholarships to students at various degree levels. The applicants are required to have completed their Bachelor’s degree (the last six years) and should have a work experience of two years. The awardees receive an amount of 850€ monthly for a master’s degree in Germany and 1,200€ monthly for a PhD.


Led by the European Commission, the Erasmus Scheme offers grants that cover admission, travel and basic living costs, if you are studying in participating universities in the EU.

Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship 

These are fellowships for postdoctoral research at a university in Berlin offered by the Einstein Foundation.

Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students

These scholarships are for students at all degree levels offered by participating German Universities.

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) for Developing Countries

These are postdoctoral research scholarships for international students, funded by the European Commission.

Additionally, there are many scholarships you can apply for if you wish to pursue an MBA in Germany such as the Kofi Annan MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Students offered by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) and the Women in Business Scholarship offered by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

University-specific scholarships to study in Germany

  • DRD Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans – Merit-based scholarships for students from developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa pursuing a master’s degree in development studies, public administration and development management at Ruhr-University Bochum. Program twinned with UWC in South Africa.  

  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Doctoral Tuition Waivers – Tuition waiver scholarships for doctoral students studying an English-language program at Frankfurt within finance, accounting, mathematics and business administration. (The deadline for the 2019 round of applications has passed. Please check back later for the 2020 round.)

  • FRIAS Cofund Fellowship Programme for International Researchers – German scholarships for international students to study at Universität Freiburg on a research-level program.

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences Masters Scholarships – Scholarships for international students (for all subjects excluding design, public health and public management) enrolled on a master’s program at the university.

  • Heidelberg University – A range of scholarships for international students, such as the Amirana Scholarship for students from developing countries to study medicine or dentistry at the university. 

  • HHL International MSc Scholarship for Effective and Responsible Leadership – Scholarship opportunities to study management at master’s and PhD levelsat HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

  • International Doctoral Positions at Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies – Scholarships to study at graduate level within Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich or Universität Regensburg as a research fellow of East and Southeast European Studies.

  • KAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries – A scheme offering scholarships for international students from developing countries (in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America) to study at a German university at master’s or PhD level. Candidates must possess German-language skills and be of Catholic-Christian denomination.

  • Kofi Annan MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Students – Scholarships for up to five international students from developing countries to study a full-time, one-year MBA at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin. Other MBA scholarships available at the school include the ESMT Women's Academic Scholarship for female candidates.

  • Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids – Post-doctoral fellowships are available to study solid state chemistry at the university.

  • Ulm University Scholarships for International Students – Need-based scholarships for international students nearing graduation at Ulm University. Funding offered for one semester only.

  • Universität Hamburg Merit Scholarships – Scholarships for all outstanding international students (of all degree levels and subjects) who have been enrolled in their program for at least two semesters. These scholarships also consider applicants’ financial need, and you should be prepared to get involved with the internationalization of Universität Hamburg.

  • RWTH Aachen University scholarships – Funding opportunities for international and home students at RWTH Aachen University.

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