June 9, 2024

The Heinrich Böll Foundation extends scholarships to international students who have obtained their university entrance qualification from a school outside of Germany and aspire to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in Germany.

Host Institution(s):

  • State or state-recognized Universities in Germany

Level/Field(s) of Study:

  • These scholarships are available for Master’s or PhD degree programs in all fields of study offered at state or state-recognized universities in Germany.
  • EU students may also use the scholarship for Master’s Degree courses at state or state-recognized universities in Germany, Switzerland, and other EU member states.

Number of Scholarships:

  • The number of scholarships available is not specified.

Target Group:

  • The scholarship program is open to international students, both from EU and non-EU countries, who have not received their education in Germany.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions/Duration:

For Master’s Studies:

  • Non-EU students: €934 per month, along with various individual allowances, possibly including health insurance. In certain cases, tuition fees in Germany may be covered.
  • EU students: Variable, with a maximum of €812 per month, in addition to €300 book allowance per month. Tuition fees are not covered in Germany but may be partially covered in other countries.
  • The scholarship is granted for the standard duration of the study program and can be extended by one semester if needed.

For PhD Studies:

  • Non-EU students: €1,200 per month, with an additional €100 mobility allowance per month, and various individual allowances. Tuition fees are not covered.
  • EU students: €1,350 per month as a basic scholarship, along with €100 per month for research costs. Tuition fees are not covered in Germany but may be partially covered in other countries.
  • The scholarship is typically awarded for three years, extendable for up to 12 months in specific cases.


For International Master’s students:

  • Applicants can apply before starting their Master’s program or up until the end of the first semester of the Master’s program.
  • Proof of their first professional qualification is required.
  • Proficiency in German is essential, with a Level B2 or DSH 2 certificate.

For International Doctoral students:

  • Proof of admission to a doctoral program at a state or state-recognized university, typically in Germany, must be included with the application.
  • Preliminary work must be completed, and a valid timetable for completion should be submitted by the application deadline.
  • Priority is given to PhD subjects related to the Foundation’s areas of focus.
  • Proficiency in German is required, with a Level B2 or DSH 2 certificate.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should review the application requirements and procedures provided in the information sheets A 1-1 (“scholarship application for undergraduate and graduate students,” PDF) or A 2-1 (“scholarship application for doctoral studies”). The online application portal closes on March 1st or September 1st (for PhD studies only).

For comprehensive details on how to apply for this scholarship, please visit the official website linked below.


Related Scholarships: For additional scholarship opportunities in Germany, please refer to the List of Scholarships in Germany.

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