Funding opportunities from and in Germany

Germany is one of the world’s most popular study destinations. There is an abundance of scholarships and funding schemes available – also at the individual universities. The following list therefore only stages the biggest funding institutions.   

Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) is dedicated to academic excellence. As an intermediary organization, it aims to promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange. The AvH offers flexible sponsorship programmes for researchers at all stages of their careers and its research fellowships and awards enable outstanding scientists and scholars from all over the world to complete long-term research stays in Germany.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest German funding organisation in the field of international academic cooperation. With its funding programmes, the DAAD supports foreign students on Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Its extensive scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics offers applicants a wide range of tips and information to help them successfully apply for a scholarship, for a course of study, a research assignment or a teaching position in Germany. As an organization of German universities and their student bodies, the DAAD does not offer programmes of study or courses itself, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use towards study and research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education.

Deutschlandstipendium - Germany Scholarship

The Germany Scholarship provides financial and non-material support to highly committed students from all over the world. This scholarship is based on a partnership with both the public and private sectors, which sponsors young students monthly with 150 Euro. The German Government pledges a further 150 Euro. Bachelor and master students, as well as vocational trainees are eligible.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

German Research Foundation (DFG)

As the largest research funding organization in Germany, the German Research Foundation (DFG) brings together institutions of higher education and research. The DFG provides financial support for research in higher education and public research institutions, without running its own research establishments. Research in all disciplines without any subject restrictions can be funded by DFG-programmes with the possibility of international collaborations.

Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres

The Helmholtz Association is a community of 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. The Association strives to gain insights and knowledge to help preserve and improve the foundations of human life. It does so by identifying and working on the grand challenges faced by society, science and industry. Helmholtz Centres perform top-class research in strategic programmes in six core fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Aeronautics, Space and Transport. The Helmholtz Association notably offers PhD and Postdoc programmes.

Max Planck Society

Max Planck Society

The research institutes of the Max Planck Society perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In particular, the Max Planck Society takes up new and innovative research areas that German universities are not in a position to accommodate or deal with adequately. The variety of topics in the natural sciences and the humanities at Max Planck Institutes complement the work done at universities and other facilities in important research fields. Graduates, PhD students, Postdocs and young researchers can apply for funding.

Leibniz Association

Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association is a union of German non-university research institutes from various fields of study, bringing together 89 institutions from a variety of different disciplines. Since fostering young talent is an important work area for the Leibniz Association, many research funding programmes are offered to PhDs, Postdocs and young researchers as well as senior researchers. Leibniz Graduate Schools offer doctoral students the opportunity to complete a structured PhD programme in an excellent research environment in cooperation with a higher education institution. The international Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship is open to excellent postdoctoral researchers from all over the world who completed their doctorates within the last two years. A programme for senior researchers allows senior scientists to pursue or complete research in the scientific context of a Leibniz Institute. The programme promotes networking and strengthens cooperation between Leibniz Institutes and their international partners.

Funding opportunities from and in Germany

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