Scholarships, BAföG

General remarks

Usually, scholarships are awarded for a limited time period only and are partial scholarships - which means that they may not cover the complete living expenses for the complete study period in Germany!

They are awarded on the basis of the applicant's previous academic performance and other criteria, e. g. social commitment, letters of recommendation from professors of the home university. Some scholarship foundations may also require proof of German language proficiency.

So if you plan to study for a degree in Germany, you must make sure to have enough money (about € 800) to finance yourself during the complete study period - as a successful application for a scholarship is never guaranteed from the very start of your studies.

An exception might be if you successfully applied for a scholarship from your home country (e.g. DAAD scholarship for a master's programme), in which case you will receive financial support from the very beginning.

Scholarship opportunities - information by Ulm University

Scholarships for international students and doctoral and PhD candidate:

  • graduation scholarships for students
  • scholarships for emergency assistance
  • scholarships for voluntarily committed students and doctoral and PhD canditates
  • graduation scholarships for doctoral and PhD canditates

other Scholarships for students and doctoral and PhD candidate:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Scholarships for doctoral and PhD candidates
  • Scholarships Databases

Funding opportunities for foreign students - scholarship guides to download (only in German!)

BAföG for foreign students

  • Information of Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung about BAföG: here (only in German!)
  • Information about BAföG for foreign students: here (only in German!)
  • §8 of Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetzes (BAföG) regarding nationality of applicants (only in German!)
  • Information of Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V. (DSW)  for international students about BAföG and student loans

For further information please contact the Studierendenwerk Ulm.

Internet search tools

General advice for your scholarship search

Because of the vast number of foundations/scholarships on the internet it is important to read the complete information and to keep in mind that there are foundations/scholarships who sponsor (a stay abroad for) German students exclusively or whose sponsoring refers to another city/university than Ulm. 

Generally, there are scholarships for BSc and MSc students, doctoral/PhD candidates and students working for a thesis (BSc, MSc). Nevertheless, not all foundations support all kinds of students and the monthly scholarship amounts vary. 

Most foundations demand excellent or above-average scores (better than German grade 2). Honorary / social commitment of the applicant is also very important. Sometimes it is to verify that the student can not finish their studies without financial support.

Documents for an application (usually required in German!):

  • letter of motivation
  • application form
  • CV
  • enrolment certificate
  • (certified) copies of study certificates
  • (certified) copies of higher education entrance qualification, transfer of records, BSc, MSc
  • often 2 letters of recommendation from professors on academic and personal qualification of the candidate (often, professors have to send these letters directly to the foundation)
  • proof of income (parents, own income)