8.1.3 Scholarships and foundations

There are numerous programmes and trusts that provide financial and/or ideational support for students. If you would like to apply for a scholarship please consider the following:

Written applications have many steps. Depending on the requirements of the scholarship, letters of recommendation, references and certificates as well as a current CV may be necessary. A completed application form and a cover letter are usually also required. Since the procurement of these documents may take several weeks, you should find out early which documents are required and be aware of deadlines. It is important to address the aims and principles of the sponsors. While some scholarships have no preference for candidates, others prefer or are limited exclusively to the support of students pursuing their Master's or doctoral degrees, or only to international students.

Community volunteer work is often a requirement and should be presented in the cover letter and demonstrated through reports or references.

It may be helpful to ask the tutors of respective foundations at HU for advice or written recommendations.

The following table of study-aid programmes and foundations represents only a selection of possible scholarships in Berlin and Germany. Further information regarding scholarship providers and foundations is available online:

In addition, international students may seek personal counselling at the International Department (► 6.4.6). Postgraduate students should consult the Humboldt Graduate School and/or International Scholar Services (► 3.8).



Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst
Iserlohner Straße 25
58239 Schwerte
Phone: (+49 2304) 75 51 96
E-Mail: info@evstudienwerk.de
Website: www.evstudienwerk.de

Abt. Studienförderung

Godesberger Allee 149
53175 Bonn
Phone: (+49 228) 883–0
E-Mail: stipendien@fes.de
Website: www.fes.de/studienfoerderung

Karl-Marx-Straße 2
14482 Potsdam
Phone: (+49 30) 33 17-019 188
E-Mail: info@freiheit.org
Website: http://fnst.org

Hans-Böckler-Straße 39
40476 Düsseldorf
Phone: (+49 211) 77 78-0
E-Mail: zentrale@boeckler.de
Website: www.boeckler.de

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
Schumannstraße 8
10117 Berlin
Phone: (+49 30) 285 34-0
E-Mail: studienwerk@boell.de
Website: www.boell.de/en

Katholischer Akademischer Ausländerdienst (KAAD)
Hausdorffstraße 151
53129 Bonn
Phone: (+49 228) 917 58-0
E-Mail: zentrale-berlin@kaad.de
Website: www.kaad.de/en

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Klingelhöferstraße 23
10785 Berlin
Phone: (+49 22 41) 26 96-0
E-Mail: zentrale@kas.de
Website: www.kas.de/wf/en

Kennedyallee 105-107
53175 Bonn
Phone: (+49 228) 81 63-0
E-Mail: post@obs-ev.de
Website: www.obs-ev.de

Franz-Mehring-Platz 1
10243 Berlin
Phone: (+49 30) 44 31 02 23
E-Mail: studienwerk@rosalux.de
Website: www.rosalux.de/en

There are also specific support programmes which are funded by the state:

BAfög (Bundesausbildungsförderung nach dem Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz) is a federal legislative student support scheme. Students receive half of the money as a loan (free of interest), and the other half as federal aid which they do not need to repay. Those eligible for BaföG are foreign nationals in accordance to § 8 BAföG.

BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz)
Studierendenwerk Berlin

Behrenstraße 40-41
10117 Berlin

Phone: (+49 30) 939 39-70
Fax: (+49 30) 9 39 39-88 72 79
E-Mail: contact form, www.stw.berlin/en/

Website: www.stw.berlin/en/

Website: www.bafög.de

BAföG calculator: www.baföeg-rechner.de/FAQ/paragraph/8.php

Germany Scholarship | Deutschlandstipendium
Excellent students of all nationalities studying at the HU can apply for the Deutschlandstipendium. If you are currently in your Bachelor’s or Master’s studies, you can be supported with 300 Euro per month for at least two semesters during the standard period of study. Further information is available online.

E-Mail: deutschlandstipendium@hu-berlin.de
Website: hu.berlin/deutschlandstipendium

Doctoral scholarships
The following scholarships are supervised by the Humboldt Graduate School (HGS).

Humboldt Graduate School: 
Frau Hess
Luisenstaße 56
10117 Berlin

Tel.: (+49 30) 20 93-89 70 8
E-Mail: hgs-stipendium@hu-berlin.de

Based on the promotion of young researchers and artists law, the state of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship (Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin) awards scholarships or special grants to highly qualified young researchers with doctoral scholarships for up to 3 years.

Website: www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/en/promotionsinteressierte-en/Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium

Humboldt Research Track Scholarship
The Humboldt Research Track Scholarship is designed to support outstanding candidates who plan to pursue a doctorate in the transition phase between the end of a study program and the beginning of a doctorate.

Website: www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/en/aktuelles-en/humboldt-research-track-scholarship

Yousef Jameel Scholarship
With support of the Yousef Jameel Scholarship Fund Humboldt-Universität annually awards two scholarships to doctoral candidates in the natural science fields of Informatics/ Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology/ Biomedicine, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Agricultural Science.

Website: www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/de/Finanzierungsbroschuere/jameel