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Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships 2023/2024 for International Students in Germany


The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants 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.

The special focus regions for international students are Central and Eastern Europe; EU neighbourhood countries and the CIS; the Middle East and North Africa; transition and newly industrialized countries; and conflict regions worldwide.


1,000 students will be awarded a full scholarship for the duration of the undergraduate, Masters or Doctoral programme


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 when the scholarship payments begin.

  • You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This program mainly supports students aiming for a Master's degree.

  • You need a good knowledge of German, and it requires you to 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 scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.

  • You should definitely apply for a scholarship before the start of your studies to ensure long-term support and cooperation.

  • The Heinrich Böll Foundation cannot award you a scholarship if you were studying for a one-year Master's degree and were not previously supported by the foundation.

  • Applications are possible before you begin your study programme or within the first three semesters.

  • Applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted as doctoral students by an institution of higher education in Germany or an EU country (for doctoral scholarship).


1st March 2023

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