2015/2016 Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships for Undergraduate, Graduate & PhD Study in Germany (Autumn 2015)

Application Deadline: September 2, 2015

The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to German and foreign students in accordance with the guidelines issued by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). Scholarships are awarded for the regular period of study.The Heinrich Boll Foundation grants scholarships is awarded 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 or universities of the arts

By September 1, 2015 interested candidates can apply for:

  1. undergraduate scholarship for German and German-educated applicants (Bildungsinländer/innen)
  2. undergraduate scholarships for the journalism programme “Medienvielfalt, anders“
  3. doctoral scholarships for German and German-educated applicants (Bildungsinländer/innen)
  4. doctoral scholarships in the focus programme “Transformation Research”
  • Master’s degree only; proof of first professional qualification must be provided
  • Proof of Proficiency in German Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate)
  • €750 per month plus various individual allowances
  • Proof of admission to doctoral studies by a state or state-recognised university, as a rule in Germany, must be included with the application
  • Two years as a rule, may be extended twice at most by half a year.
  • Proof of Proficiency in German Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate)
  • €1, 000 per month, plus € 100 mobility allowance per month, plus various individual allowances

1. General student scholarships for German and German-educated applicants (Bildungsinländer/innen (1)):

Students in all subjects who are pursuing a FIRST DEGREE (Bachelor, Staatsexamen, Diplom) and who earned their university entrance qualification (2) in Germany:

  • You may apply before beginning your first degree (Bachelor, Staatsexamen, Diplom) or at any time up to the end of your third “Fachsemester”.
  • Special (but not exclusive) target groups are: first-generation students, women, members of ethnic minorities, applicants from universities of applied science (Fachhochschulen)

1. Doctoral students in all subjects who earned their university entrance qualification in Germany (Germans nationals and Bildungsinländer/innen (1)):

  • At the time of application, the applicant must have been accepted as a doctoral student by a state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany or another EU country.

2. Doctoral scholarships: Focus programme “Transformation Research

  • Doctoral students from Germany who would like to apply for the focus programme “Transformation Research”

Selection Procedure:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s selection procedure for scholarship applicants consists of three stages:
  • Submission of written application documents
  • An interview with a liaison lecturer (telephone interviews may also be held)
  • Attendance at a selection workshop in Berlin consisting of a one-to-one interview and a group discussion


  1. I am a graduate of human medical physiology, looking forward to doing a postgraduate programme still in human medical physiology in one of the developed countries of the world.

  2. Am already a ph.d student of the university of Ibadan, Ibadan , Nigeria. I need financial assistance to complete the program.
    Thank you.

    Ahmed A A


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