Scholarships in Germany for International Students - DAAD, Requirements, Dates, How to Apply

by ashmita.tamta

Along with being home to some of the world’s most esteemed universities, Germany is the most economical study destinations in Europe. Affordability coupled with almost-negligible tuition fee attracts more than 350,000 international students to study in Germany every year.

Undergraduate studies follow a tuition-free education system but Masters and Ph.D. studies are fee-based. However, there are plenty of financial aids for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Germany.

Grants and Scholarships in Germany for International Students

There are different types of merit-based scholarships and need-based grants available to students in Germany. Most of the scholarships and grants are offered by the government and private organizations.

The amount of a grant is often decided through an evaluation of the student’s need and the family financial situation. It usually ranges from USD 172 to USD 943/month for 12 months.

DAAD Scholarships: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides numerous scholarships to foreign students to study in Germany at various degree levels.

Erasmus+: Led by the European Commission, Erasmus+ is the largest provider of scholarships in the EU. It funds international students to study in Europe. The average monthly grant offered to a student in Germany is USD 315.

Top Grants and Scholarships in Germany

Deutschland Stipendium National Scholarship Programme (Germany Scholarship Program) 

  • Provides financial aid to meritorious and dedicated students across the globe.
  • Supports more than 22,500 students.
  • Valid in all participating universities in Germany.
  • Not dependent on personal or parent income and nationality.
  • Granted for at least two semesters.
  • Can also be extended to cover the standard period of study.
  • Value: Approximately EUR 300 per month

DAAD Scholarship Programs (Government-Funded Scholarships in Germany)

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers 215 scholarships and funding opportunities to international students to study in Germany at various degree levels.
  • Aids more than 100,000 German and international students as well as researchers.
  • Awarded to those seeking financial assistance for their studies, research work, or teaching assignments in Germany.
  • Its database lists all the scholarships granted.
  • DAAD Scholarships for Development-related Postgraduate Courses - Most sought-after scholarship program among students from developing countries.
  • DAAD Scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance are also popular.
DAAD ScholarshipsWho Can Apply?Value
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)Graduates with a minimum professional experience of two years and outstanding academic achievements.EUR 750 per month (graduates) EUR 1,000 per month (doctoral candidates)
RISE Germany (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)Science and engineering undergraduates who have completed at least two years of study.EUR 750 per month
KASP – King Abdullah Scholarship ProgrammeOnly Saudi Arabian graduates and doctoral candidates with outstanding academic records.EUR 1,800 per month
German Studies Research GrantGraduates and doctoral students from North America who are carrying out research work on German cultural studies.EUR 1,288 - EUR 2,577 per month

Research Scholarships in Germany

  • Many German political and religious foundations grant scholarships to international students from diverse backgrounds and qualifications. 
  • Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships - Offered by a German political foundation
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships and KAAD Scholarships - Offered by a German religious foundation.
ScholarshipWho Can Apply?Value
Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International StudentsInternational students who held their university entrance qualification from outside Germany and wish to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. Degree in Germany. EUR 850 per month (Masters studies) EUR 1,000 per month (Ph.D. studies)
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany for International StudentsInternational doctoral candidates who have successfully completed their studies in their home country and want to pursue a postgraduate program (masters/doctorate) at a German university.EUR 1,100 per month
KAAD Scholarships in Germany for Developing CountriesStudents who are interested in postgraduate studies or research stays in Germany.Not specified

Common Scholarship Application Requirements

  • No fixed age limit.
  • Can apply in your last academic year if you have not completed your university degree at the time of application.
  • In some cases, applicants with foreign citizenship can also be considered for funding programmes made for Germans.
  • For full-time students only.
  • May require language certificates when you apply for a scholarship.

Germany Scholarship Process

  • Start the application procedure a year prior to the intake.
  • For government-funded scholarships, apply on the DAAD official website, for Germany Scholarship Program at deutschlandstipendium.de, and for Germany Foundations’ Scholarship Programs at kaad.de or at kas.de.
  • Go through the details of the scholarships. Scholarship deadlines vary among academic institutions.
  • Attach a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation from a university teacher and other necessary documents with the complete application.
  • Submit your application either in German or English.

Note: Documents that are not in German or English must be translated into German or English.

Work While You Study

  • Part-time jobs are a good way to funding your day-to-day needs.
  • Most universities allow students to work while studying.
  • International students are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days.
  • A student can earn between EUR 5 to EUR 15 per hour and roughly around EUR 450 per month.
  • Tax-free one-year earnings devoid of issuance of social security - EUR 8,354

Internships

  • Most internships are paid in Germany.
  • They are regarded as regular employment even when they are unpaid.
  • If you have already completed 90 full days of work in one year and still want to do an internship, then you must apply at Federal Employment Agency or Alien Registration Office.
  • The 90-day rule does not apply if an internship is part of your curriculum.
  • Compulsory internships do not require any permissions.
  • A student can make up to USD 1,000 per month.
  • You can find an internship at an institution or company.
  • Internships are listed on the portals of the internship office of your university, International Office, and International Student Organisation

Major student organizations for finding internships

  • AISEC - International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences
  • European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

Apart from them, students can also send an internship application to an institution or organization

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