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Not only is Germany one of the cheapest study destinations in Europe, the nation also has an impeccable international reputation. Home to many esteemed universities within the latest QS World University Tops®, Germany offers a growing number of English-taught programs, particularly at postgraduate level. To find out more, take a look at our complete guide to studying abroad in Germany.

Below is a selection of scholarships for international students of all degree levels wishing to study in Germany.

Government-funded scholarships to study in Germany

  •  – The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels. Click the link to view the DAAD scholarships database.
  •  – The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.

Non-government scholarships to study in Germany

  •  – Fellowship sponsored by the Einstein Foundation for postdoctoral research at a university in Berlin. You can find out more about studying a PhD in Germany here
  •  – Scholarships for international students at all levels wishing to study in Germany at an accredited institution.
  •  – Postdoctoral scholarships for scientists and scholars of any subject and nationality. Students from developing and emerging countries may be eligible to apply for a .
  •  – Monthly master’s and PhD scholarships are available for international applicants under 30 who have completed a university degree in their home country. You’ll need to provide evidence of an above-average academic performance, have been actively involved in voluntary work for the benefit of society in your home country, and have an interest in political issues.
  •  – Science scholarships to study in Germany, funded by the Bayer Foundation and open to students who are training to become educators in the field of science.
  •  – Postdoctoral research scholarships for international students wishing to study in Germany. Funded by the European Commission. More scholarships for students from developing countries are available here
  •  – Scholarships for those studying abroad while taking care of a child, including those pursuing study in Germany.
  •  – Merit-based scholarships of €300 a month are available to highly talented students enrolled at German universities. Nationality and personal income do not affect your chances of being considered.  
  •  – Annual fellowships are available for doctoral and postdoctoral students from around the world, giving them the opportunity to do paid research at a Helmholtz center in Germany. 

University-specific scholarships to study in Germany

  •  – Merit-based scholarships for students from developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa pursuing a master’s degree in development studies, public administration and development management at Ruhr-University Bochum. Program twinned with UWC in South Africa. More scholarships for African students are available here
  •  – Tuition waiver scholarships for doctoral students studying an English-language program at Frankfurt within finance, accounting, mathematics and business administration.
  •  – German scholarships for international students to study at Universität Freiburg on a research-level program.
  •  – Scholarships for international students (for all subjects excluding design, public health and public management) enrolled on a master’s program at the university.
  • – A range of scholarships for international students, such as the for students from developing countries to study medicine or dentistry at the university. 
  •  – Scholarship opportunities to study management at master’s and PhD levelsat HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
  •  – Research fellowship opportunities for international students pursuing research in history, anthropology, law, sociology, political science, geography, economics or area studies at Humboldt University. Look out for the latest round of applications 
  •  – Scholarships to study at graduate level within Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich or Universität Regensburg as a research fellow of East and Southeast European Studies.
  •  – A scheme offering scholarships for international students from developing countries (in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America) to study at a German university at master’s or PhD level. Candidates must possess German-language skills and be of Catholic-Christian denomination.
  •  – Scholarships for up to five international students from developing countries to study a full-time, one-year MBA at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin. Other MBA scholarships available at the school include the ESMT Women's Academic Scholarship for female candidates.
  • – Post-doctoral fellowships are available to study solid state chemistry at the university.
  •  – Need-based scholarships for international students nearing graduation at Ulm University. Funding offered for one semester only.
  •  – Scholarships for all outstanding international students (of all degree levels and subjects) who have been enrolled in their program for at least two semesters. These scholarships also consider applicants’ financial need, and you should be prepared to get involved with the internationalization of Universität Hamburg.
  •  – Funding opportunities for international and home students at RWTH Aachen University.

For more advice, download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad.

This article was originally published in September 2014. It was most recently updated in January 2018.

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Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hi Mubarak, this article should help.

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Hi Ammar, here's an article on how to apply for a master's degree in Germany.

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Hi Eram, there are English-taught programs at undergraduate level, but you may need to be flexible about your choice of program as there are only a limited number available. Undergraduate degrees are free in Germany (excluding at universities in Baden-Württemberg) but you may be able to find one from one of the scholarship providers above. You can read more about studying in English in Germany here.

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Hi Boshir, you can find out the highest ranked German universities for computer science by checking our latest rankings by subject for computer science, with the results narrowed down to show only German universities.

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Hi Mariyam, you can view our latest computer science subject ranking here (the results can be narrowed down to show only German universities). You will simply need to head to the respective university's official website in order to find details from their admisions office.

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Help me apply for a Biochemistry in the same university.

Hi Bharat, yes, as long as you can meet the requirements, for example by having extensive knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as both German and English. You can read more about studying medicine in Germany here

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