Germany is home to some of the world’s leading universities, scientific institutes and R&D centres. Some of the world’s best intellectuals, innovators and thinkers live in Germany. No wonder it’s a favoured destination for higher education, especially among Indian students. Currently, Indians form the second-largest group of international students enrolled in Master’s and PhD programmes at German universities. Nearly 84% opt for programmes in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). After completing their research/postgraduate courses, students can apply for an 18-month visa, during which they can explore job opportunities in Germany.
Clearly, Germany has a lot to offer: international programmes taught in English, low or no tuition fees, promising career prospects and a vibrant social and cultural life. What’s Up, Germany? collated a hands-on guide to scholarships available in Germany. Ready? Let’s go!
PROMINENT ORGANISATIONS OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS
GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE (DAAD)
DAAD, the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers, has a detailed scholarship database with more than 200 options for foreign students, graduates and post-doctorates who are looking for scholarships in Germany.
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION (AvH)
Open for applicants at different stages of their careers, the foundation’s website has an “A–Z of Programmes” to help interested young professionals, post-doctorates and professors select the right sponsorship programme. More than 1,800 Indian researchers have earned this prestigious fellowship to date!
GERMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION (DFG)
The foundation has its own in-house database of project funds: GEPRIS (German Project Information System). It lists more than 1,00,000 DFG-funded projects involving over 61,000 scientists at more than 27,000 institutes!
Click here to download the GEPRIS DFG app.
INFORMATION IS POWER!
Other Helpful Databases
Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship)
Deutschland Stipendium is a unique programme for scholarships in Germany. It supportsis a unique scholarship programme that supports talented students of undergraduate and consecutive study programmes (Bachelor’s, Master’s or the German Staatsexamen) from any country and social background. Established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 2011, the recipients of this scholarship get €300 per month for a year initially. In 2015, 24,300 students availed of its benefits.