Germany is home to some of the world’s leading universities, scientific institutes and R&D centres. Some of the world’s best intellectuals, innovators and thinkers live in Germany. No wonder it’s a favoured destination for higher education, especially among Indian students. Currently, Indians form the second-largest group of international students enrolled in Master’s and PhD programmes at German universities. Nearly 84% opt for programmes in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). After completing their research/postgraduate courses, students can apply for an 18-month visa, during which they can explore job opportunities in Germany.

Clearly, Germany has a lot to offer: international programmes taught in English, low or no tuition fees, promising career prospects and a vibrant social and cultural life. What’s Up, Germany? collated a hands-on guide to scholarships available in Germany. Ready? Let’s go!



DAAD, the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers, has a detailed scholarship database with more than 200 options for foreign students, graduates and post-doctorates who are looking for scholarships in Germany.


Open for applicants at different stages of their careers, the foundation’s website has an “A–Z of Programmes” to help interested young professionals, post-doctorates and professors select the right sponsorship programme. More than 1,800 Indian researchers have earned this prestigious fellowship to date!


The foundation has its own in-house database of project funds: GEPRIS (German Project Information System). It lists more than 1,00,000 DFG-funded projects involving over 61,000 scientists at more than 27,000 institutes!

Click here to download the GEPRIS DFG app.


Other Helpful Databases

Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship)

Deutschland Stipendium is a unique programme for scholarships in Germany. It supportsis a unique scholarship programme that supports talented students of undergraduate and consecutive study programmes (Bachelor’s, Master’s or the German Staatsexamen) from any country and social background. Established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 2011, the recipients of this scholarship get €300 per month for a year initially. In 2015, 24,300 students availed of its benefits.


Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in Germany. Home to over 29,000 full-time students, including more than 5,000 foreign students, it has a strong emphasis on Asia. Its South Asia Institute (SAI), an interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching on South Asia, was founded back in 1962. Check its website for doctoral fellowships and other funding opportunities.


With 27,000 students, 13 faculties and 180 institutes, this leading academic institution offers 300 outstanding undergraduates a scholarship of €500 each.


FREIE UNIVERSITAT (FU) BERLIN scholarships in germany

With approximately 28,400 students and 4,000 doctoral students, it is one of Germany’s largest and most renowned research universities. The “Gateway for Doctoral Candidates” on the university’s website provides information on funding and scholarships for doctoral students.


Around 44,000 students studying here take advantage of the large variety of courses available, including double-degree programmes. Graduates of the university can apply for the Schmittmann Wahlen Foundation’s two-year doctoral scholarship.

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY  MUNICH (TUM) scholarships in germany

One of Europe’s leading universities, TUM has top-class facilities for cutting-edge research. Its 13 departments are home to over 39,000 students, of which about 8,000 come from abroad, making for a truly international atmosphere. In addition to TUM scholarships, there are also scholarships for international undergraduate and graduate students, funded by the Bavarian government.

RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY scholarships in germany

With 260 institutes and nine faculties, RWTH Aachen is one of Europe’s leading scientific and research universities. It offers a wide range of academic subjects scholarships in germany, including most traditional academic disciplines. The university has a comprehensive overview of scholarship programmes scholarships in germany on its website.