International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS)

Internationales Parlamentsstipendium (IPS), © Deutscher Bundestag


The IPS program of The German Bundestag gives well-qualified young people with a strong interest in politics the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

The German Bundestag, in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt- Universität Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin, invites you to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin.

Founded in 1986, the IPS program offers highly qualified young people from around 50 countries the opportunity to experience the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical knowledge of parliamentary work during a three-month placement with a Member of the Bundestag.

IPS gives college graduates who actively engage for democratic values and civil society in their home countries the opportunity to further develop these skills through a multifaceted program of trainings, seminars, and university courses. The program fosters relations between the participating countries and Germany, and supports the international strengthening of democratic values.

U.S. citizen program applicants must have a college degree, very good (B2+) knowledge of German, familiarity with German politics, society and history, and be under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship.

Following a pre-selection process, the German Bundestag’s independent panel selects the scholarship-winners during interviews held in the United States.

*The IPS program begins March 1 and ends July 31 each year.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • College degree
  • Very good (B2+) knowledge of German
  • Knowledge of German politics, society and history
  • Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship


  • 700 euros per month
  • Free accommodation
  • Insurance and travel expenses

Deadline for IPS 2024 applications: July 31, 2023

For more information (in German) and to apply, visit:


For specific questions on the application, contact the German Embassy at 202-298-4315 or use the contact form at the top of the page.

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To download a flyer (in German, with English summary) with more information on the IPS program, please click on the below link:

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