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’). We expect our scholarship recipients 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.
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).
For more on the eligibility criteria for all levels of scholars – undergraduate, masters and PhD – please visit the official website (link to it is below).
The Foundation expects its scholarship recipients 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.
Citizens from all over the world. In addition to German students, the Foundation supports young people from many other countries, in particular countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The Foundation promotes women, particularly in subjects where they are traditionally under-represented. It promotes ethnic minorities, and very much welcome applicants from non-academic family backgrounds.
All state or state-recognized institutions of higher education (university, college or equivalent) in Germany, Switzerland or member states of the EU.
Course of study
All courses and subjects are supported. (Selected priority fields: Humanities and Social Science, Fine Arts and Cultural Studies, Economics, Law, Engineering, Media Science and Natural Science).
Having in the past awarded scholarships mainly to students of the humanities, social sciences, art, and culture, the foundation is now, in addition, particularly interested in students of economics, law, engineering, science, mathematics, and journalism.
Number of awards
Approximately 1,000 – around 950 scholarships are given every year. About 5/6 of them go to undergraduates and graduates and 1/6 to PhD students. The specific numbert have not been made public; you may inquire this from the Scholarship Provider.
For the complete duration of the undergraduate, Masters or Doctoral programme
The Foundation awards complete scholarships to students. You may want to inquire the specifics from the provider
There are normally two application deadlines each year – March 1 and September 1. Successful applicants commence their scholarships approximately six months later. However, the deadlines and dates listed may be liable to change.
To apply,click here