Top Scholarships in Germany
Updated on Aug 29, 2014 - 5:49 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Top scholarships in Germany: Do you know that DAAD- the German academic exchange service -- has around 79 scholarships specifically for Indian students?  The scholarships are open to graduate, undergraduate and even research students from India. Not just that, Germany has a number of scholarships open to aspirants from across all fields like science, arts, environment and also music. If you are planning to pursue your education in Germany, it always helps to know about the top scholarships in Germany for Indian students.

Here, we bring you a list of top scholarships in Germany applicable for Indian students:


1. Jawaharlal Nehru award for international understanding – Dr. Angela Merkel Scholarship:

The scholarship programme offers talented graduate students to pursue a master’s degree programme in Law (LLM) and specialize in European Law at selected German higher education institutions. The scholarships are applicable to graduate students in the field of law who have earned a Bachelor’s in Law with a 1st class degree.


The scholarship covers the following:

  • Monthly award of €750 for graduate students

  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

  • Flat rate travel allowance from India to Germany (€375 for outward ticket, €475 for return journey)

  • Study and research subsidy of €460

  • 2 months German language course in Germany before start of scholarship (August to September)

  • Rent subsidy and family allowance where appropriate

How to apply: Aspirants have to get a print out of the application form from the DAAD website. The deadline for application is usually towards the end of September or beginning of October.


2. Kofi Annan MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Students

The Kofi Annan Scholarships programme offers grants to students from developing countries to pursue one-year full time management course in Germany. Upto three scholarships are available every year for talented individuals.

The scholarship is a partnership between European School of Managment & Technology (ESMT) with the Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation. The scholarship covers the following expenses:

  • Full scholarship worth €58,000

  • Compensation for travel

  • Accommodation costs

  • Programme related fees

A Bachelors degree coupled with a minimum of three years of work experience is a must for availing this scholarship. Since, it is a management course, a GMAT score is also imperative.

How to apply: To avail the Kofi  Annan scholarship, aspirants have to first fill out an online application to the MBA program of ESMT. Applicants are automatically considered for the available scholarships.


3. Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS):

The scholarship offers foreign graduates from developing and newly industrialised countries across all disciplines an opportunity to pursue development oriented postgraduate or Master's degree at a state-recognised German university. The aspirants are required to have at least two years’ professional experience. Depending on the duration of the programme, the scholarship is generally available for 12 to 36 months. The scholarship covers the following:

  • Monthly payments of €750 for graduates or €1,000 for doctoral candidates

  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding.

How to apply: The application depends on the course you are applying for.


4. Herzog August Bibliothek: Doctoral Fellowships

The programme is aimed at junior scholars and researchers from all areas of historical study, planning to research on the Herzog August Library. The aspirants are required to demonstrate competence in their respective fields of academic or scientific work. The Foundation awards sponsorships to visiting 8 scholars, which are worth €700 a month for a period of 3 or 6 months. The scholarship covers the following:

  • Costs for the fellows’ accommodation

  • The fellows are also paid €700 a month during the duration of their programme.

How to apply: The applications deadlines are on 1 April and 1 October each year. Applications form may be requested on the mentioned email address.

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5.  Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to around 1,000 undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students across all subjects and nationalities every year. There are over 950 scholarships under this programme which are shared by both German and International students.

The scholarship covers the following:

  • €750 a month for Masters students

  • €1000 a month for PhD students.

How to apply: The application process is generally held twice a year and the online application portal is open 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.


6.  Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music

This scholarship programme is available for students who are interested in the field of music. Aspirants should have  university degree in Music to pursue their study programme in the artistic field. Scholars are usually funded between 10 months to 2 years depending on the length of the study programme or project. The scholarship covers the following expenses:

  • A monthly payment of €750

  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

  • One-off study allowance

  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

  • Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Contribution towards tuition fees that may be charged by the university (max. €500 per semester)

  • Monthly rent subsidy

  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

A special DAAD committee made up of professors from German colleges of music makes the final decision about scholarships in the field of music.


How to apply: Aspirants have to apply online through DAAD. Register yourself with the DAAD portal before applying.


7. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS): International Scholarships

Around 50 scholarships are awarded every year to undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students. An interesting aspect of this scholarship is that it is applicable to students from all fields. Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the scholarship is available for a period of three years and is offered to aspirants who display a strong academic background and are willing to serve the society once they return to their hometowns. Admission to a state or state-recognized higher education institution in Germany is a must to be considered for this scholarship programme. The scholarship covers the following expenses:

  • Undergraduates receive a monthly grant of €650

  • Graduates receive a monthly grant of €750

  • For Doctural students the grant is € 920.

8. International Climate Protection Fellowships

This scholarship programme is open to young climate enthusiasts who are interested in conducting a climate-based project in Germany. The programme lets fellows to work on a research-based project Germany for 1 year. Fellows  can have their own choice in the field of climate protection.

Aspirants who are involved in issues like scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change can apply for the scholarship.


The internship programme will give aspirants the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany.

The scholarship covers the following:

  • Fellowship amount according to qualifications between €2,150 and €2,750 a month

  • Two-month intensive language course in Germany

  • Lump sum for travel expenses

  • Allowances for visits by family members lasting at least three months

  • Allowance of €800 a month for the host in Germany for projects in the natural and engineering sciences, and €500 a month for projects in the humanities and social sciences

How to apply: The application procedure starts in September and ends in March. Applications must be completed online.


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