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 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 of the home university. Some scholarship foundations may also require proof of German language proficiency.
Hence, if you plan to earn a degree in Germany, you must make sure to have enough money (about € 800 per month) to finance 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.
Scholarship opportunities - information by Ulm University
- 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
- Scholarships for students
- Scholarships for doctoral and PhD candidates
- Scholarships Databases
Funding opportunities for foreign students - scholarship guide booklets for 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
- Scholarship Database of DAAD
- StipendiumPlus - Database of thirteen organizations of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- Stipendienlotse - Database of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (only in German!)
- ScholarshipPortal - Database of 395 Scholarships in Germany
- Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. (Database in German!)
- e-fellows.net - Online Scholarship & Careers Network (Database in German!)
- Studis Online - Information about unusual study funding(only in German!)
- Stipendieninfo - scholarships information booklet of RCDS Bildungs- und Sozialwerk e.V. (PDF file)
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 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 German grade 2). Honorary / social commitment of the applicant is also very important. Sometimes it is to verify that the student cannot finish their studies without financial support.
Documents for an application (usually required in German!):
- letter of motivation
- application form
- 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)