Scholarships in Germany For International Students in 2023

Scholarships in Germany For International Students in 2023

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Jun 12, 2023 14:02 IST

Scholarships for Germany

Note: The scholarships mentioned below are of an earlier time when the article was published. Candidates are requested to check the latest rates before applying for scholarships for studying abroad. 

Germany offers you an excellent plethora of opportunities for all parts of your academic life. Be it your bachelor's program or post-doctoral research, Germany has options for all. And if you are looking for a career in research, Germany is indeed a go-to country. However, studying abroad is an expensive affair. And even though studying in Germany (with low or no tuition at its state-run universities) is still cheaper as compared to other countries, it is still expensive to stay there. But there is good news for students. A variety of organizations and research institutes offer scholarships to international students, providing them with grants that would sustain the living expenses (or part of the projects) in Germany.

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One of the primary names for funding your study in Germany is the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD. The organization helps you not merely shortlist a suitable college but also helps you with a variety of scholarship options depending on your chosen discipline or field of research. Apart from DAAD, many independent research institutes also offer scholarships to students or research scholars. We have tabulated a few famous scholarships for you below.


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Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS)

  • Graduates from all disciplines with at least two years' professional experience
  • 12-36 months (depending on the program)


  • Funds the postgraduate/ doctoral course at the partner university in Germany
  • *750 euros a month
    *health, accident, and liability insurance cover

Semester Scholarships for Students of Indian Institutes of Management (IIM)

  • Students  of IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, or Udaipur in the second year of their postgraduate study
  • 4 months
  • Students get to spend a semester of study at one of the participating universities:
    Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, WHU Vallendar
    Handelshochschule Leipzig
    European Business School Oestrich-Winkel
    Universität Zu Köln
    Mannheim Business School
  • *750 euros a month
    *health, accident and liability insurance cover

IIT Master Sandwich Scholarships

  • 2nd years master's students of select IITs
  • 7 months
  • It is important to note that the candidates must pass the German Language course for the scholarship to continue
  • *750 euros a month
    *health, accident and liability insurance cover
    *4 to 6 weeks German course at German university
    *Research Allowance of 266 euros (one time)

Master’s Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)

  • Graduates with an excellent academic record who wish to pursue their masters in courses which have special relevance in social, political, and economic development of their home country 
  • Depending on the program
  • Selected students would have to complete a 6-month German language course in a German University before the start of their master's program
  • *750 euros a month
    *health, accident, and liability insurance cover

Study Scholarships for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture

  • Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning and Development, landscape planning, etc, graduates from recognized universities in India
  • 10- 24 months depending on the study program
  • the scholarships are awarded for one year and renewed basis the performance of the students
  • *750 euros a month
    *health, accident, and liability insurance cover
    *contribution of up to 500 euros towards the tuition fee if applicable

Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry (IAESTE)

  • Students of participating IASTE countries, pursuing graduation/ post-graduation studies in the field of natural sciences, technical studies, agriculture, or forestry can apply for this scholarship
  • 2-4 months, depending on the internship provided
  • The scholarship supports a student's internships in Germany in the relevant field at a University/ research institute
  • * 650 euros a month
    *medical, health, and basic insurance is provided by DAAD

Working Internships in Science and Engineering (WISE)

  • Students of select Indian institutes in their fifth or sixth semester of bachelor's degree  of engineering, mathematics or science
  • 2 - 3 months in the periods of May - July. (Scholarships does not support internships which are less than 2 months)
  • Scholarships offer an internship in Germany at one of the partner universities or a research institute in an on-going research project
  • *650 euros for undergraduate students
    *travel subsidy worth 550 euros
    *medical, health, and travel insurance by DAAD

Bayer Science & Education Foundation: Otto Bayer Scholarships

  • Graduates from the field of natural science or engineering studies. Courses included in the scholarship are
    *biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, bioinformatics
    *chemistry, chemical engineering, materials- and environmental sciences
    *pharmacy and drug discovery
    *physics and statistics/biochemistry
  • up to 1 year
  • The grant normally covers a study period of 1 year and is often enough to support you living, travel and project costs
  • The amount varies. Students are asked to apply with an individual cost estimate of the project

Friedrich Ebert Foundation: Scholarship for International Students

  • Students with an exceptional academic record who have been accepted at a German Higher Education Institute can apply for the scholarship
  • as per BafoG regulations
  • The scholarship offers a comprehensive seminar program as well as an on-site liaison lecture along with grant
  • *monthly base amount up to 670 euros
    *additional book allowance of 300 euros, if applicable

Friedrich Ebert Foundation: Scholarship for International Doctoral Students

  • International students from any discipline (except medicine) with an exceptional academic record who have been accepted for a doctoral program at a German institute of higher education
  • Up to 3 years
    In exceptional cases, the scholarship may be extended but only till the final examination
  • The scholarship supports the candidates through their Ph.D. degree course in Germany
  • *1000 euros per month

You can also go through the DAAD Scholarship Database to search for more scholarships. Apart from that, it would be important to mention that you can also reach out to the Admission Offices of different universities in Germany you are applying to understand the various scholarship options available.

All the best!

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Bandana Banik

2 years ago

I want to do Mba on finance and hr is there any relevant university that will give me dual specialization course and wt is the fees in germany

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello, Bandana You can check out our popular universities in Germany providing MBA studies here: Every university mentioned on the list has top courses and the fee structure for all courses at the university. You can also get in touch with our Shiksha Counsel




2 years ago

Hi. I'm studying 12th. I want to do my MBBS UG course in Germany. Can I study in English with no tuition fee?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Deeksha. You can check our guide on Studying MBBS abroad here: You can also know about public universities in Germany here:




2 years ago

Hey! I'm in class 11 rn (commerce background). Want to go to germany for bachelor's degree. Please guide me ??

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Riya. Thank you for writing in. You can check out a list of popular universities in Germany here: You can also know about the top courses offered in every university, tuition fees, and duration of study for each. You can also contact our counselors for



Sreeram Anil

2 years ago

My self Sreeram from kerala,completed my degree in Mechanical engineering,like to do my postgraduation in Automobile related subject from Germany,can you please give direction.

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Sarbajit Pandit

2 years ago

Hello..I passed medicine from Russia in 2002.. can I pursue my masters from Germany.. and apply for a PR..?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Sarbajit. You can check out popular universities in Germany here: you are advised to check the eligibility criteria for admissions and proceed accordingly. PR would follow as per the rule of the land.

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