Depending on the country you come from and which subject you would like to study in Germany, there are different options for funding.

Scholarships are offered by different institutions.

The Scholarship Database contains details on the programs offered by the DAAD and by other scholarship awarding organizations for foreign students, academics and researchers interested in finding sources of funding to complete study or research stays in Germany.


  • The Minimum age for Applications is 18.
  • At the time of application, generally, no more than six years should have passed since the graduate gained the last degree
  • In the case of doctoral students, no more than three years should have passed since starting the doctoral process, and in the case of postdocs, no more than two years should have passed since gaining the doctorate.
  • In the case of postdocs who are applying for a short stay (of up to six months), no more than four years should have passed since gaining the doctorate. Depending on the country of origin of applicants.
  • The essentially differentiates between individual scholarships and group programmes.
  • Besides a monthly payment, which set the basis of the scholarship holder’s academic level, individual scholarships generally include other payments as well, such as travel expenses, health insurance, accident insurance, and personal/private liability insurance.
  • The institutions in Germany, the German Research Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, award scholarships based on purely scientific criteria.

Type of Scholarship Form

  • There are two forms of scholarships – financial and non-monetary scholarships both of which are often coupled together
  • The case of financial scholarships, the recipient is awarded a fixed amount, paid out on a monthly basis over a defined funding period. These types of scholarships are often full scholarships
  • When awarded a full scholarship, recipients are generally not permitted to receive funding from other scholarships simultaneously
  • The non-monetary scholarships In most cases, these non-monetary scholarships
  • Programmes aim to create a long-standing relationship between the scholarship holder and the institution well beyond the scholarship period.


  • Applicants, who have been resident in Germany for longer than one year at the time of application, cannot be considered.
  • You must not draw funding from other German scholarship-awarding organizations or from other German public authorities at the same time as you are receiving your scholarship
  • Any other foreign support or additional income from secondary employment will be partly offset against (i.e. deducted)from your scholarship.
  • Scholarship holders must not take up any secondary employment until they have gained appropriate written approval.
  • Applicants are generally required to hold a higher education entrance qualification or doctoral programme qualification to be eligible for such scholarships.
  • Scholarships are awarded to artists who graduated from their studies no longer than 5 years ago or who are no older than 35 years of age.