You are here

Scholarships to Study in Germany

Scholarships to Study in Germany main image

Not only is Germany one of the cheapest study destinations in Europe, the nation also has an impeccable international reputation. Home to many esteemed universities within the latest QS World University Rankings®, Germany offers a growing number of English-taught programs, particularly at postgraduate level. To find out more, take a look at our complete guide to studying abroad in Germany.

Below is a selection of scholarships for international students of all degree levels wishing to study in Germany.

Government-funded scholarships to study in Germany

  • DAAD Scholarships – 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.
  • Erasmus+ – 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.

Non-government scholarships to study in Germany

  • Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship – Fellowship sponsored by the Einstein Foundation for postdoctoral research at a university in Berlin. You can find out more about studying a PhD in Germany here
  • Heinrich Böll Scholarships for International Students – Scholarships for international students at all levels wishing to study in Germany at an accredited institution.
  • 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.
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarships – Monthly master’s and PhD scholarships are available for international applicants under 30 who have completed a university degree in their home country. You’ll need to provide evidence of an above-average academic performance, have been actively involved in voluntary work for the benefit of society in your home country, and have an interest in political issues.
  • Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships – Science scholarships to study in Germany, funded by the Bayer Foundation and open to students who are training to become educators in the field of science.
  • 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. More scholarships for students from developing countries are available here
  • Mawista Scholarship – Scholarships for those studying abroad while taking care of a child, including those pursuing study in Germany.
  • Deutschland Stipendium – Merit-based scholarships of €300 a month are available to highly talented students enrolled at German universities. Nationality and personal income do not affect your chances of being considered.  
  • 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. 

University-specific scholarships to study in Germany

For more advice, download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad.

This article was originally published in September 2014. It was most recently updated in January 2018.

Related categories:

Khamidullo R, VANSHIKHA G & 175 others saved this
Laura Tucker's profile image
Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

Want to leave a comment?

Please login or register to post
comment above our articles


Hi my name is Abigail from Ghana,I would like to study masters degree in logistics and supply chain management with a scholarship, please help me.

Hi Abigail, please take a look at our list of scholarships for African students

Hey, I am Belaeat from Bangladesh. Now I am studying at Secondary School Level. I want to do undergraduate program in computer science in Germany! Can you help me?? Please!!!

Hi Belaeat, you can study for free at all public universities in Germany except those in Baden-Württemberg. To help you to choose a university, you could view our latest rankings by subject for computer science, with the results narrowed down to show only German universities. For more advice, please see our complete guide on how to study abroad in Germany. Hope this helps! 

Hi. My name is Hashem from Iran. I am a Dentist and would like to study in PHD in Germany. Could you help me,please?

Hi Hashem, please take a look at our article on how to study a PhD in Germany. :)

My name is asif sherin frm pakistan want ro study bs sofware in germany plz accept me

Hi i am from India i want to do mechanical engineering and could you please refer me a specific scholarship

Hi my name is John Brima Turay from Sierra Leone undergraduate in computer engineer i want to know that bif there is any means to help the onces that dont have the financial support if the government will help as for me i wanted to further my education but i dont have the financial can the government loan me the money to pay for my fees

Hi my name is zabihullah khan i am from pakistan i already have a but i want to study medical of doctor if it is possible to get some schoolarship for select me of schoolarship {thank you i am waiting for your answear}!

Hi Zabihullah, if you'd like to study medicine in Germany, the course is free but there are no English-taught medical training programs. Or if you're interested in studying medicine elsewhere then we have a list of medical scholarships here. :)

Hi my name is Sylvia from Nigeria,I already have a Bsc in Marketing but I want to study Information Technology, please can u assist me with the requirements for scholarship and school that i can pay low tuition fees

hi.. i am ahmad shabir i am an refuge and i m studing MIS ( master in international studies) in italy in oriental university, i want to do my Phd in Germany, i want to know if it is possible to get some schoolarship for refugees, who dosn`t have any citisanship but european residence permit and travel document?
thank you i am waiting for your answear!

Hi Ahmad, you can study a PhD in Germany for free, and I would suggest checking the official websites of the universities you're interested in, to find out what scholarships and other funding opportunities they have available to help with living costs.

Hi...i am a student of Bsc Microbiology from India. I want to do Msc from Germany. Would you please let me know how to apply for scholarships in germany, when to apply and the requirements and which universities i can apply for scholarships and any procedure to get low tuition fees...

Hallo! Greetings from Nepal...
I am undergraduate Civil Engineering Student from Nepal. I want to know about Scholarship Schemes in Masters Degree In Germany. And the procedures that I should follow to get Low Tution Fees Or Scholarships In Masters In Germany.

Hi, my name is RITIN GURUNG. I have completed my bsc in medical radiography from manipal university india and i want to persue msc and i want to apply with scholership. Please help me to find the best and maximum amount of scholership as i cannot bear ot all.

Hi I Am Umesh, i completed my BE in Mechanical from India.I want to complete my MS in reputed university in Germany along with Scholarship am little bit confused about specific field of study but since i dont want to wast my time after completion of master , When should i apply for MS and what is the procedure and eligibility ? Is A GRE score necessary is every university in Germany.

Hi Umesh, our article 'how to study a master's in Germany' should help to get you started. The GRE may be required by your university - it's a good idea to check the entry requirements for the courses and universities you're considering, so you know whether the GRE will be a requirement. 

I am in Msc Biochemistry final year from India. I want to complete my Phd from a reputed university in germany alongwith a scholarship. I am little bit confused about specific feild of study but since i don't want to waste my time after completion of my masters (in June 2018), whwn should i apply for phd programmes and what is the procedure and eligibility? Is a GRE score necessary in every university in germeny?

Hi Purnima, you should apply for admission by January 15 (if enrolling in the summer semester) or July 15 (if applying for the winter semester). You can find out about the entry requirements and application process for studying a PhD in Germany here. Hope this helps!

I am graduate bachailer in arts I want study in jermny master any sbject

Hi Muhammad, you can read about studying in Germany at master's level here

Please how can I apply for a scholarship to study in Germany

Hi Akabateh, each scholarship link should provide full details on how to apply - for more advice, including on how to write a strong scholarship application essay, please download our free guide

Hello. this is Nawrin from Bangladesh. I have done my B.Arch in 2013 and currently working as a chief Architect in a reputed company here in Bangladesh.
I want to do a masters in Architecture in Germany and thus need to know scholarship/ Funding opportunities in the related field.
I would appreciate if you could recommend me few universities and funding options.

I am winnie soa from Tanzania .i am looking forward to study in any foreign country preferably Germany for my masters degree in business management provided they give me full scholarship.I am fresh graduate from university of Dar Es salaam here in Tanzania , and I did a bachelor degree of commerce in Human resource management. I want to pursue my masters degree but financially I am not able. I would also appreciate if you could recommend universities for me So please help me out. Thanks

Hello out there, am a Ugandan and i need how my brother can aquire scholarship in chemical engineering and he is finishing high school in 2 years from now.
thanks god bless you.

Hi I'm alyi from Indonesia I want to to study abroad to Germany and take scholarship to apply my questions are , how I can take scholarship for undergraduate ? Should I to study Germany language? Where's the top University to take economic management program and use English language ? And what's conditions or rules to get scholarship on ADDA ?


i want to get deutsch language course in germany ,i need some help:)

I want to study in Germany in order to develop my mind in ICT

Hi Joseph, our complete guide on how to study abroad in Germany should help to get you started, and you might like to view our latest rankings by subject for computer science and information systems, with the results narrowed down to show only German universities. :) 

Hello, my name is Jimmy, and I wish to inquire upon whether there is any scholarship available to students of the Medicine discipline which might help ease the financial burden of living in Germany, as I could not find one from the above list. I am an Indian national (born and raised) and I am not an exchange student.

Expecting your reply,
Jimmy E

Mam I am student of Civil Engineering.I want to get admission in Masters in Germany specially or any other generally in Europe . So I need your guidance and also tell me about any feasible scholarship. Thanks.

I want to get my BBA degree from Canada,Australia,or what can I do get my degree ...on the other hand I want full free me to do that

Hi, am Saheed, am from Nigeria, i hold diploma in accounting. I would like to get a bachelor's degree in the same field. Please do me help.

Hi Saheed, here's a ranking of the best universities for accounting:

Hi. I'm Thilak, My passion is study Psychology and Educational Training in German universities. I love to be a part of your university and get a opportunity to become a Academic coach in my country India. I want to help those million young ones by guiding them into a brightest career they have in them. I suddenly feel that my financial status is stopping me from my dreams and pushing to become a regular person working in a job. If the person you are seeing this find my dreams are true by my words. Guide me support me I'm willing to do any work and job to study in German. I currently in a poor family and cannot even afford a visa. Kindly believe in my dreams, The passion is driving me to do this and hope I'll get a opportunity.

Thank you


E.Thilak Chakaravarthi

HI, am ojinna, am from Nigeria, i hold diploma in nursing and midwifery.i would like to get a bachelor's degree in same field. i really need scholarship assistance . thanks

Hi Laura, i'm a Ghanaian. I hold Bsc. Business Administration - Accounting & Finance (option). I would like to persue masters in the same or related field . I need scholarship assistance to study in Germany, Canada and or any peaceful country. Pls do help me. Counting on your cooperation. Thank you.

Hi Michael, please take a look at our list of business scholarships around the world, which includes options to study accounting. We also have a list of scholarships to study in Canada here. :)

Hi. my name is Mira,and am from Nigeria and I want to do a masters in finance in europe so where I can get a proper scholarship and attention, plz reply my question as soon as possible.

Hi Mira, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Europe and list of business scholarships, which includes options to study finance. Hope this helps!

Hi Laura, i am indian and i would like to pursue my Masters in Automotive Engineering so kindly help me how can i get scholarship , kindly reply me as soon as possible.

Which scholarship suits most the plan to go for a Masters in Architecture??

Hi Bristy, if you'd like to study in Germany, there's a DAAD Scholarship here which might suit you. :)

Hi! may I know if I can still have scholarship for PH D biology. What University and what Country is offering and University? I am 44 years old. thank you..

hey Laura, my name is shalini ,and i m indian and I want to do a masters in pharmacology in europe so where I can get a proper scholership and attention, plz reply my question asc soon as possible

I forgot to mention in my comment - Germany is the preferred country

Hello Laura, my name is Sijuade, I'm a Nigerian. I'm rounding up on my bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science and I'd like to pursue a masters degree in Histopathology or Anatomic Pathology. Which scholarships or schools in Germany should I apply to? Thanks. Also I'll be running a mandatory 1 year internship programme which will end July next year so when should I start applying for the scholarships?