Germany: Heinrich Böll Foundation International Free Degree Scholarships for 1,000 Undergraduates, Masters Degree and PhD Students. 2017/2018 Apply Now

Approximately 1, 000 Heinrich Böll Foundation International Degree Scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and PhD Students to study at Universities in Germany.


Application Deadlines: 3rd March 2017 (Spring)


Offered annually? Yes


Accepted Subject Areas: Any subject area is applicable


About Degree Scholarship: The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants Degree Scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’) in Germany.


Selection Criteria: Degree Scholarship recipients are expected to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.


Eligibility: The following general requirements apply to international student applicants (except EU citizens) who wish to study in Germany:

You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the Degree Scholarship payments begin.

You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This Degree Programme mainly supports students aiming for a Masters degree.

You need a good knowledge of German, and require you provide proof of your proficiency. Please note that the selection workshop (interviews, group discussions) will normally be in German. Exceptions (interview in English) are, however, possible.

Unfortunately, the current guidelines specify that the foundation cannot support foreign Degree Scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.

You should definitely apply for a Degree Scholarship before the start of your studies, in order to ensure long-term support and cooperation.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation cannot award you a Degree Scholarship, if you are studying for a one-year Masters degree and were not previously supported by the foundation.

Applications are possible before you begin your study Degree Programme or within the first three semesters.

Applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted as a doctoral student by an institution of higher education in Germany or an EU country (for doctoral Degree Scholarship).

Number of Degree Scholarships: Approximately 1000


Duration of Degree Scholarship: Degree Scholarship will be offered for the duration of the undergraduate, Masters or Doctoral Degree Programme


Eligible Countries: International Students


To be taken at (country): Universities, Universities of Applied Sciences, or Universities of the Arts in Germany


How to Apply: The application form will be completed online; additional application documents will be submitted as PDF.


Visit the Degree Scholarship Webpage for Details


  1. Hello,
    I am a Tunisian faculty student specializing in English Literature, i already have got my bachelor degree and I would like to get further information concerning your educational programs and the scholarships offered accordingly.

    Thank you

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