DAAD Scholarships - Masters and PhD Programmes

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels. Click the link to view the DAAD scholarships database.


KAAD Scholarships 

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.

In Scholarship Program 2 we sponsor advanced foreign students from developing countries who are already enrolled in a German university. Scholarship candidates must be proposed by the corresponding Campus Ministry.

Scholarship Program 1 is addressed to post-graduates and to academics living in their home countries who already gained professional experience and who are interested in postgraduate studies (or research stays) in Germany. This program is administered by regional partner committees, staffed by university professors and church representatives. Normally documents are submitted to the committee of the applicant’s home country.

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The KAAD programme for sub-Saharan Africa is geared towards development of African countries and societies as well as development of qualified individuals. Young university graduates, who have already taken over responsibility in church and society, should be empowered to continue along this line and do it in an even more qualified way. The focus countries in Africa today are: Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Uganda and Tanzania are counted to be part of the focus region East Africa, apart from Kenya. There are four Partner Committees which are also responsible for the adjoining countries of the above mentioned. In the focus countries Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, there is – within the S1-programme – also the possibility for Master-scholarships at local universities (so called “in-country scholarships”). The in-country scholars together with the alumni are convening in local KAAD-networks that aim at making an impact in church and society of their home countries.
Interested graduates can fill an online questionnaire, which they find on the application webpage www.kaad-application.de. For detailed information about application requirements and procedures, we recommend you to read the FAQs Afrika-Department.

Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students

The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to graduates, and doctoral students from inside and outside Germany. We hold the application process twice a year. The application deadline is 1 March and 1 September. Please note: We only accept online applications. The application portal will be opened about 6 weeks before the application deadline. For details of application requirements, procedures and specific groups see Application process.


 Full-time MBA - HHL Africa Scholarship Program

With its HHL Africa Scholarship Program, HHL offers scholarships to support talented candidates from African countries in order to foster the geographical diversity of the MBA class. HHL Africa Scholarship Program supports excellent candidates from African countries applying to HHL’s full-time MBA program. Candidates of all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome to apply. The scholarship will provide the successful candidates with a tuition waiver worth up to EUR 14,500.


e-fellows.net is a career network and online scholarship programme. We connect the best German-speaking high-potential candidates with the best universities and companies. Our scholarship holders benefit from job offers and internships, subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, mentoring, city groups and an online community – everything free of charge.

Mundus Scholarships for International Students

The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.


Ulm University Scholarships for International Students

Completion grants for doctoral students. The International Office awards completion grants for international doctoral students in the framework of the DAAD STIBET programme. To a limited extent, an initial funding at the beginning of the doctorate as well as a temporary financial support in order to bridge a short period of time without income is also possible. Scholarship holders will generally receive a grant for up to 4 months. The monthly stipend amounts to 600-800 Euros.


South African-German Centre for Development Research - Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans

For applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries with an excellent academic record the DRD offers a limited number of DAAD merit scholarships per year. Scholarships include monthly allowances of 650 Euro plus travel allowances for Master candidates and 900 Euro plus travel allowances for PhD candidates. Tuition and registration fees are covered by the Scholarship Programme.


ESMT’s MBA scholarship program

ESMT’s MBA scholarship program helps make your goal of an international business career a reality. Supported by its 25 corporate founders, ESMT offers a number of partial-tuition scholarships for MBA applicants. Every year, there are also a limited number of prestigious full-tuition scholarships available.


Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship - Fellowship sponsored by the Einstein Foundation for postdoctoral research at a university in Berlin.

Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers - Postdoctoral scholarships for scientists and scholars of any subject and nationality. Students from developing and emerging countries may be eligible to apply for a Georg Forster Fellowship.

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) for Developing Countries - Postdoctoral research scholarships for international students wishing to study in Germany. Funded by the European Commission.

The Helmholtz Association - Annual fellowships are available for doctoral and postdoctoral students from around the world, giving them the opportunity to do paid research at a Helmholtz center in Germany.

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) -Opportunities for pre-doctoral, PhD and postdoctoral students to study in Germany at the University of Bremen

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management Doctoral Tuition Waivers -10 tuition waiver scholarships for doctoral students studying an English-language program at Frankfurt within finance, accounting, mathematics and business administration.

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

Humboldt University International Research Fellowships -Research fellowship opportunities for international students pursuing research in history, anthropology, law, sociology, political science, geography, economics or area studies at Humboldt University.

International PhD Fellowships at Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging and Structural Dynamics -Scholarships for international students at PhD level to study at Universität Hamburg within the fields of physics or chemistry.

Kiel University Doctoral Positions and Scholarships- -Postgraduate funding opportunities at the Graduate School of Human Development in Landscapes at Kiel University in Germany.

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