Scholarships, BAföG

General remarks

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

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

Hence, if you plan on earning a degree in Germany, you must make sure to have enough money (about € 800 per month) to support yourself during your 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 have successfully applied for a scholarship from your home country (e.g. DAAD scholarship for a master's programme). In this case you will receive financial support from the very beginning.

Scholarships for international students and doctoral/PhD candidates:

  • Graduation scholarships for students
  • Scholarships for emergency assistance
  • Scholarships for voluntarily committed students and doctoral/PhD canditates
  • Graduation scholarships for doctoral/PhD canditates

Other Scholarships for students and doctoral/PhD candidates:

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

For further information please contact the Studierendenwerk Ulm.

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 B.Sc. and M.Sc. students, doctoral/PhD candidates and students working on their thesis (B.Sc., M.Sc.). However, not all foundations support all kinds of students and the monthly scholarship amounts may vary between € 100 and € 1,000 (on average: € 300 - 600). There are some foundations only offering support programmes without financial support.

Some foundations are organised in foundation groups. The scholarships are then awarded by the individual foundation or by the group. Sometimes an application is only possible through the university, i.e. by a professor or an employee of the department. You cannot apply by yourself in these cases. To get a scholarship when writing your thesis, there might have to be a cooperation between a company and the respective department of the university.

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

  • Letter of motivation
  • Application form
  • CV
  • Enrolment certificate
  • (Certified) copies of study certificates
  • (Certified) copies of higher education entrance qualification, intermediate diploma, B.Sc., M.Sc.
  • Often two letters of recommendation from professors on academic and personal qualification of the candidate (in most cases, professors have to send these letters directly to the foundation)
  • Proof of income (parents, own income)