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Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships 2023-2024 for International Students in Germany

Approximately 1,000 Heinrich Böll Foundation International Scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and PhD Students to study at Universities in Germany.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’) in Germany. The special focus regions for international students are Central and Eastern Europe; EU neighborhood countries and the CIS; the Middle East and North Africa; transition and newly industrialized countries; and conflict regions worldwide.


Heinrich Böll Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Application DeadlineSeptember 1, 2022
Country to studyGermany
TypePostgraduate
SponsorHeinrich Böll Foundation
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of Heinrich Böll Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Scholarship will be offered for the duration of the undergraduate, Masters or Doctoral programme

Requirements for Heinrich Böll Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

The following general requirements apply to international student applicants (except EU citizens) who wish to study in Germany:

  • You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin.
  • You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This programme mainly supports students aiming for a Masters degree.
  • You need a good knowledge of German, and require you provide proof of your proficiency. Please note that the selection workshop (interviews, group discussions) will normally be in German. Exceptions (interview in English) are, however, possible.
  • Unfortunately, the current guidelines specify that the foundation cannot support foreign scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.
  • You should definitely apply for a scholarship before the start of your studies, in order to ensure long-term support and cooperation.
  • The Heinrich Böll Foundation cannot award you a scholarship, if you are studying for a one-year Masters degree and were not previously supported by the foundation.
  • Applications are possible before you begin your study programme or within the first three semesters.
  • Applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted as a doctoral student by an institution of higher education in Germany or an EU country (for doctoral scholarship).

Selection Process

Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship recipients are expected to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.

Application Documents

  • Personal data and CV
  • Motivation letter for applying to the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
  • An outline of your motivation for studying your chosen subject and of your main areas of interest.
  • An outline of your social commitments and political interests

Application Deadline

September 1, 2022

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Heinrich Böll Foundation on www.boell.de to apply

Please note: We accept only online applications

  • Gather information on the application process and the requested documents
  • Register for the online application portal
  • Provide the requested information in the Online Application Portal
  • After uploading all of your documents, submit your application before the end of the application deadline

The application deadline is March 1st and September 1st. Please note: We only accept online applications. The application portal will be opened about 6 weeks before the application deadline.

International applicants have to prove their proficiency in German. Good or very good knowledge of the German language is required (at least B2 Level or DSH2).

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