Heinrich Boll Scholarships in Germany for International Students

The Heinrich Böll Foundation offers scholarships to international students who have obtained their university entrance qualifications from schools outside of Germany and wish to pursue a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Germany.

Host Institutions: State or state-recognized universities in Germany.

Fields of Study: The scholarships are available for Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in all subjects offered at state or state-recognized universities in Germany. For EU students, Master’s degree courses at state or state-recognized universities in Germany, Switzerland, and other EU member states are also eligible.

Number of Scholarships: The number of scholarships available is not specified.

Target Group: This scholarship program is open to international students, both from the EU and non-EU countries, who have not received their education in Germany.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions/Duration:

For Master’s Studies:

  • Non-EU students: €934 per month plus various individual allowances, including the possibility of health insurance; tuition fees may be covered in certain cases in Germany.
  • EU students: Varying amounts, with a maximum of €812 per month plus €300 for books; tuition fees are generally not covered in Germany but may be partially covered in other countries.
  • The scholarship is awarded for the standard duration of the program and can be extended by one semester.

For Ph.D. Studies:

  • Non-EU students: €1,200 per month plus €100 mobility allowance per month, along with various individual allowances; tuition fees are not covered.
  • EU students: €1,350 per month as a basic scholarship plus €100 per month for research costs; tuition fees are generally not covered in Germany but may be partially covered in other countries.
  • The scholarship is typically awarded for three years, with a possible extension of up to 12 months.

Eligibility:

For International Master’s Students:

  • You can apply before starting your Master’s program or up to the end of the first semester.
  • Proof of your first professional qualification is required.
  • German proficiency at Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate) is necessary.

For International Ph.D. Students:

  • Proof of admission to a doctoral program at a state or state-recognized university, usually in Germany, must be included with the application.
  • By the application deadline, preliminary work must be completed, and a valid completion timetable must be submitted.
  • Priority is given to Ph.D. subjects related to the Foundation’s focus areas.
  • German proficiency at Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate) is required.

Application Instructions: Detailed application requirements and procedures can be found in information sheet A 1-1 (“scholarship application for undergraduate and graduate students”) or A 2-1 (“scholarship application for doctoral studies”). The online application portal closes on March 1st or September 1st (for Ph.D. studies only).

For more information on how to apply for this scholarship, please visit the official website at Official Scholarship Website.

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