Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: Scholarships for Students
There are various ways for admission: On the one hand, headmasters may propose particularly gifted and committed high-school graduates for acceptance into the scholarship programme. This applies also to the German schools abroad, if the candidates meet the requirements of BAföG §8, the German Federal Training Assistance Act. On the other hand, professors at higher education institutions may recommend single students who demonstrate excellent academic performance or an outstanding aptitude for a subject. Furthermore, the examinations offices of the higher education institutions in Germany may nominate outstanding candidates studying for a Bachelor’s degree once a year. Students in their first or second semesters may apply themselves and sign up for the assessment test.
In order to be eligible for promotion in Germany, students have to a) be EU citizens or b) fulfill the requirements of BAföG §8. This also applies to persons who were granted asylum, who are recognized refugees or who are entitled to subsidiary protection in Germany. Candidates with a tolerated-stay status will be accepted only after a 15-month qualifying period. There is, however, no age limit on scholarship application.
Moreover, candidates carrying out an entire course of studies or part of it at a higher education institution in Switzerland or a European member state are eligible for funding, provided that they meet the requirements of BAföG §8, 1-3
The Studienstiftung also organizes a wide range of events and activities, such as language courses all over Europe, scientific events throughout Germany or at the place of study as well as social competence training courses and workshops on professional orientation. All events aim at inspiring an exchange of ideas among involved and open-minded students and creating vibrant interaction beyond any ideological, cultural, political or social boundaries.
Scholarship holders will in addition be given access to the Studienstiftung’s network, which comprises more than 60,000 alumni and students all over the world.
Information on application via nomination by professors or examinations offices is available on our website www.studienstiftung.de/studienfoerderung/vorschlag
Examinations offices at higher education institutions and universities of applied science are invited to submit their nominations between June and July of each year. Further information is available on our homepage.
Nominations by professors or alumni are welcome at any time. Students of any subject area may be nominated until the end of their first semester in a four-semester long Master’s programme at the latest.