Germany is home to 400+universities, of which, 46 universities feature in the QS World University Rankings 2022. High standard of living, stable economy, cultural diversity, English-taught programs, and vibrant social life are some reasons that attract students to this country. There are several German scholarships for international students that you can avail if you wish to study in this country. This post introduces you to these scholarships and more.
Government Funded Scholarships in Germany
Erasmus+: Regulated by the European Commission, Erasmus+ scholarships are the first choice for students wishing to pursue master’s degree in Germany. Most universities in Germany in the EU participate in this scheme. The scholarship covers the travel, enrollment, and basic living costs.
Eligibility: All international students are eligible for this scholarship. This is a merit-based scholarship.
How to Apply: You can submit the scholarship form along with your program application on the University Admissions website.
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst): The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a joint organization of higher study institutions in Germany. The organization provides scholarships to international students to pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in Germany in science and engineering.
Eligibility: The student: must have completed the previous course from the selected Indian higher education institutions; must be enrolled in programs classified under the broad field of mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences; should not be a recipient of WISE funded.
How to Apply: You can apply on the DAAD portal and send applications by post.
Website Link: https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?detail=50015295
Non-Government German Scholarships for International Students
Heinrich Boll Scholarships: Every year, the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programs in Germany. This scholarship is open to students from all nationalities. The scholarships are given to students as per the guidelines of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Foreign Office.
Eligibility: The student must possess excellent academic records; be socially and politically engaged; possess an interest in basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice
How to Apply: The students can apply twice in a year – March and September through the portal.
Website Link: https://www.boell.de/en/scholarships
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarship: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) awards scholarships to international master students and graduates to study master’s and PhD programs in Germany.
Eligibility: The candidate must: possess good academic records; have good knowledge of the German language (B2-level); Be aged below 30 years.
How to Apply: You can apply through the website. First, you need to check if your country is listed on the website. If you are already staying in Germany, you can apply through the domestic selection program.
Website link: https://www.kas.de/en/web/begabtenfoerderung-und-kultur/auslaenderfoerderung
Deutschland Stipendium Program: This scholarship program offers financial and non-material support to international students studying in Germany. The scholarship is available to students from across the world. It is jointly funded by the German government and public-private collaborations where individuals, businesses, and foundations sponsor a part of the financial support.
Eligibility: It is a merit-based scholarship available to all students securing admission to a German university irrespective of nationality.
How to Apply: Apply on their website.
Website link: https://www.deutschlandstipendium.de/index.html
University-Specific German Scholarships for International Students
DLD Executive MBA Scholarship at Berlin School of Creative Leadership in Germany: The Berlin School of Creative Leadership provides MBA Scholarships for international students in leadership positions.
Eligibility: Accomplished senior executives in digital, technology, media, advertising, and entertainment or a similar field with a strong professional background, creative mindset, and track record of creative and/or business excellence can apply for this scholarship.
How to Apply: Applicants need to first take admissions at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and apply through the portal.
Universität Hamburg Merit Scholarships: Theses scholarships are awarded to outstanding international students and doctoral researchers enrolled at the University of Hamburg.
Eligibility: The applicant: must be enrolled for a course that requires him/her to spend at least two semesters in the campus; shouldn’t have German citizenship.
How to Apply: You can apply for the scholarship through the portal. The applications are accepted twice in a year on April 15 and October 15.
Although scholarship eligibility conditions may vary across organizations, merit-based selection is common to all. So, if you are a student who has demonstrated exceptional performance during your undergraduate or master’s studies and wishing to pursue higher studies in Germany, you can apply for various scholarships through the website links in each section.