Funding and Scholarships

DAAD Enlarge image (© DAAD) A good place to start your search for the ideal scholarship to match your interests is the North American office of the DAAD. The Program Index & Application Links page, divided into Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD & Postdocs, and further categories, is one of the most comprehensive listings of funding opportunities for US citizens planning on studying in Germany.

DAAD North America Scholarship Index

Federal Ministry of Education and Research Enlarge image (© BMBF) A new approach to funding university studies in Germany is the Germany Scholarship or Deutschlandstipendium—a public-private partnership launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2011. The Germany Scholarship provides promising future students—judged on various criteria, including academic achievement but also social engagement—with a 300 euros per month stipend. More information on this innovative program, meant to bring a “new scholarship culture” to Germany, can be found at deutschlandstipendium.de.

The Germany Scholarship

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Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives

Established in 1994 as a sign of gratitude to the Allied Forces who occupied, befriended and protected Berlin and its citizens for almost fifty years after the end of World War II, the Study Foundation of the Berlin House of Representatives (Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin) awards 15 10-month grants each year to young academics from France, Great Britain, the United States and Russia, as well as other successor states of the former Soviet Union. The scholarships are primarily awarded to researchers in the social sciences and humanities who wish to investigate Berlin-specific topics or German/international issues. The application deadline is December 15 of each year.

The German-American Fulbright Program

The German-American Fulbright Program implements Senator J. William Fulbright's visionary concept: The promotion of mutual understanding between our two countries through academic and bicultural exchange. The largest and most varied of the Fulbright programs worldwide, the German-American Fulbright Program has sponsored over 40,000 Germans and Americans since its inception in 1952.

The defining characteristic of the program is student exchange. This core program is complemented by academic year programs for professors, teachers, teaching assistants, and journalists; summer internship programs for students; and seminars for experts in university administration and German and American Studies.

The Fulbright Commission is a binational board consisting of the German Foreign Minister and the American Ambassador to Germany, who act as honorary chairmen, and five German and five American members, all of whom are appointed by the honorary chairmen. Guidelines are provided by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, whose members are appointed by the President of the United States. The program is administered by the Secretariat located in Berlin, Germany; the Secretariat's partner on the American side is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

Funding and Scholarships

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German University Applications Made Easy: UNI-ASSIST

UNI-ASSIST was originally called "ASSIST," which stands for "Arbeits- und Servicestelle für Internationale Studienbewerbungen" (English: "Application Services for International Students"). This abbreviation serves to emphasise its most important function as a reliable partner for international students and its member universities. UNI-ASSIST supports the universities, enabling them to take more time for the qualitative selection of their international students and to provide them with more personal support during their course of study. UNI-ASSIST is a partner for international university applicants, helping them to apply in the right manner. That way, suitable applicants are significantly more likely to be accepted and to successfully complete their degree in Germany. An additional advantage for international applicants is the possibility of applying for admission to several universities with only one set of application documents.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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The Foundation, named for the visionary nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. Every year, the Foundation's research fellowships and research awards enable more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of more than 25,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in over 130 countries worldwide--including 49 Nobel Laureates.