Scholarships and Funding
As an international student, the financing of your studies is most likely one of your main concerns. While the cost of attending a university in Germany is, compared to many other countries, relatively inexpensive, students should still expect to need at least 670 € a month to pay for their living expenses, including rent.
Some international students cover their expenses with their own personal savings or from the support of their parent(s) or relative(s). Others rely on funding from a scholarship granted by an organization in their home country or in Germany.
It is very difficult for international students to find scholarships once in Germany. We therefore encourage you to begin your search for scholarships early, while you are still in your home country. The international office of the university in your homeland, as well as the German embassy or consulate(s), may have information on scholarships for students specifically from your country or your field of study.
Further information about scholarships for study in Germany is available from the DAAD.
You can also look into these specific scholarship opportunities and foundations.
- Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Berliner Haus, Hiroshimastraße 17, 10785 Berlin
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung provides financial assistance to German and international students in all fields of study. Assistance is restricted to the first phase of study leading up to the initial professional qualification examination. Qualified recipients have above average grades, an extraordinarily mature character, and demonstrated awareness of civil responsibility. Selected international students receive a annual lump sum to cover fees associated with university enrollment and health insurance, in addition to a monthly stipend and money for books.
- Friedrich Naumann Stiftung
Karl-Marx-Straße 2, 14482 Potsdam
This foundation is associated with the German Freien Demokratischen Partei (FDP), otherwise known as the Liberals. The goal of their financial assistance program is to sponsor students who have broad sense of social responsibility. Women, Fachhochschule students, and students of natural sciences and engineering are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are highly gifted scientists with outstanding qualifications in their chosen discipline and have good, responsible characters. They are politically and socially engaged and possess a liberal outlook.
- Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Klingelhöferstraße 23, 10785 Berlin
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation offers financial assistance to students identifying with Christian-Democratic values. As a rule, applications for financial assistance are accepted only as of a student’s second semester of study.
- Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Rosenthaler Str. 40/41, 10178 Berlin
This Green Political Foundation offers financial aid to students, as well as an extended support program which includes, for instance, various seminars. About 70% of the students receiving assistance the Heinrich Böll Foundation are women.
- Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is engaged in political education and affiliated with the Left Party, formerly called the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS). Since 1999, the foundation has been able to grant scholarships to nearly 900 students and PhD-students from Germany and abroad. Scholarships are granted to undergraduate and graduate students who possess a consistent and far-reaching social and political commitment. Preference is given to socially and physically disadvantaged applicants who demonstrate comparable achievements and qualifications, and the promotion of women is the foundation’s highest priority.
- Cusanuswerk, Baumschulallee 5, 53115 Bonn
KAAD, Hausdorffstr. 151, 53129 Bonn
These organizations provide financial assistance to highly qualified international students professing the Roman Catholic faith. While the Cusanus-Werk's assistance program is generally restricted to German and EU students, the Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD) assists students from other countries who are actively associated with the Catholic Church.
- Evangelischen Studienwerk e.V. Villigst
Iserlohner Str. 25, 58239 Schwerte
Berliner Str. 69, 13189 Berlin
The European Scholarship program of the Evangelisches (Protestant) Studienwerk e.V. funds academically-qualified students of the Protestant faith from EU countries, while the Evangelischen StudentInnengemeinde (ESG) provides scholarships to Protestant students from developing countries.
- Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück, Tel. (0541) 96 33 0
This environmental foundation associated with the German federal government provides 60 scholarships a year to doctoral and post-doctoral students from Germany and abroad working in the area of environmental sciences.
- Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V.
Kennedyallee 105-107, 53175 Bonn, Tel. (0228) 81 630
The Otto Benecke Foundation was founded in 1965 at the Technische Universität Berlin and operates on behalf of the German federal government. The foundation's humanitarian and educational mission includes the provision of financial assistance to ethnic-German immigrants from Eastern Europe, political refugees, and asylum seekers studying in Germany and under the age of thirty.
- Promotionsförderung des Landes Berlin
The City of Berlin awards a number of scholarships to assist doctoral students. Applicants must demonstrate above-average merit and an academic goal which suggests that they will make an important contribution to scientific research. The applications are to be submitted to the university.
- Studienstiftung des Detuschen Volkes
Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin
This foundation is politically, religiously, and ideologically independent. It awards around 1,000 scholarships each year to highly-gifted students, including those in a doctoral program, and currently provides financial assistance to about 5,500 recipients.