Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organization for the exchange of international students and researchers. It supports German and foreign students with a variety of scholarship programmes (full and partly scholarships, internships and research visits, summer and winter schools, language courses).

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DAAD-Scholarships for international students planning to come to Germany

  • This applies mainly to graduates, i.e. students who have already completed an undergraduate course.
  • Support focuses on Master’s and postgraduate programmes and on students who want to do their PhD in Germany. There are special programmes for limited target groups (e.g. graduates of DSD schools abroad) which allow applications for undergraduate studies.
  • A number of countries are excluded from DAAD scholarships, for example if equivalent scholarships (e.g. government-funded scholarships) are available in the country in question.
  • Students should apply while they are still in their home country via a German embassy, consulate or a DAAD office abroad. They must apply at the latest 15 months after their arrival in Germany (counting back from the DAAD’s application deadline – on this date, the student may only have been in Germany for a maximum of 15 months).

DAAD-Scholarships for full-time students in Germany who would like to study abroad for a year

  • This applies to all students who are enrolled in full-time studies at a German university, irrespective of their nationality
  • Studies in the home country of the student in question are excluded (well-reasoned exceptions are possible)
  • Support cannot be granted if students are already DAAD scholarship holders for their studies in Germany
  • Further information on application requirements

Scholarship providers for specific target groups

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Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V.: Garantiefonds-Hochschule

This foundation specifically supports immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Jewish migrants, and late repatriates (with a certain form of residence permit respectively, e.g. Duldung, §§22+23 AufenthaltsG, joining spouses).

Applications must be submitted before the applicant turns 30. Support may be awarded only for study preparation such as attending a Studienkolleg (preparatory college), for language courses (as of level B2) and special preparatory courses for studies (e.g. TestDaF, TestAS).

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Katholischer Akademischer Ausländerdienst (catholic academic service for foreigners) KAAD

The KAAD programme is designed for international students, in particular from developing and emerging countries, who want to return to their home country after graduating.

It is not possible to apply directly; scholarship candidates must be proposed by the katholische Hochschulgemeinde (KHG, the catholic students community) or partner committees abroad. You can ask someone from the KHG, whether you are eligible. Requirements are that you are catholic and open to interreligious dialogue.

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Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (protestant development service) – “Brot für die Welt“

“Brot für die Welt, or ’Bread for the World’, supports the academic and vocational education of young men and women in Germany and overseas. Its aim is not primarily to advance individual careers, but rather to contribute to personnel qualification in the partnering institutions overseas. It supports projects that contribute to peace, justice and the conservation of Creation.“

The programme primarily targets candidates from developing countries who already have an academic degree and plan to return to their home countries after graduating. The protestant student unions (Evangelische Studierendengemeinden ESG) or regional Studienbegleitprogrammen (STUBE) can suggest prospective candidates. There is a church/theology oriented scholarship programme as well as one focused on developmental politics and related issues.