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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.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, 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.

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I am Dr. Abhijeet S Pujari , have done MBBSand want to enroll as medical specialist in Germany
Please give me the information how can I get the scholarship and what is the process of it and suggest me some universities where I can apply

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Hi laura, am Timon from Kenya. Looking for full scholarship to study in Germany. Am undergraduate.

Hi Timon, you can study in most public universities in Germany for free, but here's a link to our list of scholarships for African students

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I am Kaniz Fatima,belong to Bangladesh. I am in final year of B.Sc(BOTANY). Now I want to pursue a Master's degree in Germany. Please keep me in your guidance for getting myself admitted into a Master's programme in Germany with a Scholarship.
Please guide me.
Thanks.

Hi Kaniz, our article on graduate study in Germany should help to get you started, and I'd also recommend reading our complete guide on How to Study Abroad in Germany

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I am Neeharika currently pursuing BBA final year and I belongs to India. I am very much interested to pursue my MBA in Germany. So I need information regarding scholarships and best universities.
Hoping to get reply from you

Hi Neeharika, I'd recommend browsing our sister site, TopMBA.com, which has both global and regional MBA rankings. 

I am currently learning German language as I will be asking for scholarship to study one of the famous universities. I have completed my Senior High School and would like to continue my education in Germany ... Any help on how to write a scholarship letter to them ??? Please need answers

Hi Mubarak, this article should help.

hi laura. i am a Kenyan undergraduate student looking for a scholarship in Germany or hungary to study psychology. advice on requirements?

Hi Laura,
I am in my final year of B.E(MECHANICAL) , and I want to pursue a master's degree in Germany, I do know some of the basic requirements and procedures... But my main issue is I desperately need a scholarship to study there so can you please help me find a scholarship. ( I'm an above average student)

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Iam a post graduate in Pharmacology from India, currently living in Dubai. Can you please guide me regarding Phd programs in Germany (program swith scholarship).
Regards,

Revathy Rahees

i have completed my Electrical Computer Engineering now how can i apply for Master in Engineering Management?
Please guide me,
Thanks

Hi Ammar, here's an article on how to apply for a master's degree in Germany.

Please, i have completed senior high school level and need a degree in nursing. How do i apply successful, procedures and student's visa as well. Thank you

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Can you please suggest some good colleges in which I can get Scholarship.

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Hello, I'm Eram from Bangladesh. Is there any English-Taught Undergraduate program in Germany? and any possibilitie to get scholarship? please let me know.

Hi Eram, there are English-taught programs at undergraduate level, but you may need to be flexible about your choice of program as there are only a limited number available. Undergraduate degrees are free in Germany (excluding at universities in Baden-Württemberg) but you may be able to find one from one of the scholarship providers above. You can read more about studying in English in Germany here.

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Hi. i am Boshir. From Bangladesh. I Want to Take a Bachelor's Degree from Computer Science? Which the best university of Germany would be better? Please suggest.

Hi Boshir, you can find out the highest ranked German universities for computer science by checking our latest rankings by subject for computer science, with the results narrowed down to show only German universities.

hi,i'd like to know the germamy top university to study Computer Science in germany.and how where to contact them.

Hi Mariyam, you can view our latest computer science subject ranking here (the results can be narrowed down to show only German universities). You will simply need to head to the respective university's official website in order to find contact details from their admisions office.

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hi.i realy like to study mathmatics in germany it just i have Schizoid personality disorder is it goint to be a barrier to apply for university in germany?

I guess its not a major problem, here everything is available.

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If there is any age limit to study

Hi Panneer, as far as I'm aware there is no age limit for studying in Germany.

Hi. My name is Mary. I'm a Nigerian and I have a Diploma in Law but I want to further my studies in Germany but not in Law, in any business school (scholarship sponsored)....please what do I do?

am i eligible for medicine in Germany if i have done my high school stuies.?