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Scholarships are a very good way of financing your studies. Political or church foundations, trade unions, companies and private sponsors offer scholarships. In addition to scholarships for German students, there are also scholarships and funding opportunities that are specifically aimed at foreign students in Germany. In addition to the scholarships listed below, you can find other scholarship organizations at:

The DAAD is the world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and scientists. The DAAD promotes the internationalization of German universities, strengthens German studies and the German language abroad, supports developing countries in setting up high-performance universities and advises decision-makers on education, foreign science and development policy. (Source:

The Otto Benecke Foundation advocates the social participation of immigrants and their descendants. The aim of the qualification measures is to enable the participants to contribute their potential. (Source:

The basic funding for foreigners from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung offers financial support for high-performance studies, a comprehensive seminar program that strengthens social and professional skills, as well as individual advice on site from around 470 liaison lecturers. It is aimed at foreign scholarship holders who are committed to their ideals outside of their studies. (Source:

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation awards scholarships to German and foreign students who study full-time at state or state-recognized universities and technical colleges. Application requirements are good to very good grades or academic achievements, interest in politics, commitment and a liberal, cosmopolitan attitude (Source:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation supports around 1,200 students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines and nationalities in universities as well as in technical colleges in Germany each year. Excellent academic and scientific achievements, social commitment and political interest as well as an active examination of the foundation's basic values: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice are expected. (Source:

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is a political educational institution and is close to the DIE LINKE party. Its goal is to contribute to democracy, social justice and solidarity and to compensate for social, gender or ethnic disadvantage through political education. These values form the basis of the study and doctoral funding of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung's Scholarship Department. (Source:

The study funding organization of the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft supports particularly capable and willing students and doctoral candidates in further developing their common sense and entrepreneurial attitude. (Source:

Brot für die Welt promotes academic training for young women and men in Germany, Eastern Europe and the Global South. The aim of the funding is not primarily to advance individual careers, but to contribute to the qualification of partner organizations and churches in the Global South and Eastern Europe. It supports projects that contribute to peace, justice and the integrity of creation. (Source:

With the Deutschlandstipendium, the federal government supports talented and capable students. It wants to reward outstanding achievements and social commitment, strengthen society's sense of responsibility for education and talent and ultimately contribute to a new scholarship culture in Germany. The Deutschlandstipendium supports students of all nationalities at German universities whose previous career suggests outstanding academic achievements. (Source:

The KAAD Foundation is supposed to support the educational and alumni work of the association, in particular also the professional networking, and especially takes up the initiative of the alumni and scholarship holders, which could not be financed within the regular budget. The Catholic Academic Exchange Service organizes three different scholarship programs, which are also aimed at foreign students. (Source:

University graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary can apply for a scholarship through BAYHOST, the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. (Source:

The German-American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright Germany) enables cross-border international understanding through academic exchange. As a binational exchange organization in Germany with a focus on the USA, it awards around 700 scholarships annually for study, research, teaching and further training stays in the USA and Germany and thus actively promotes transatlantic dialogue. (Source:

The Max Weber program is open to highly talented students from EU countries who are under 23 years of age and are enrolled at a Bavarian university or who have completed their Abitur at a Bavarian school. (Source:

BayBIDS awards grants to excellent graduates from German schools abroad and partner schools who are starting their studies in Bavaria. The aim is to make it easier for you to start your studies and to give you recognition for your decision and the associated organizational and financial effort. (Source:

The aim of the Avicenna Studienwerk is to provide comprehensive support to talented Muslim students and doctoral candidates through scholarships. Study visits, internships and language courses abroad are also funded.

Erasmus + promotes the exchange of European students and is the European Union's new program for general and vocational education, youth and sport. Erasmus + supports multiple study-related stays (study and internship) in Bachelor, Master and PhD abroad, between three and twelve months.

EURAXESS Germany provides information and advice to internationally mobile researchers who come to Germany for academic work or who want to go to another country. (Source: