Goethe University’s Master Scholarship Programme 2017/2018 for study in Germany (Funded)

Application Deadline: July 30th 2017

Goethe University’s Master scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project, and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. For a period of five years (2016-2020) , GU will be of­fering 20 scholarships per year for various MSc and MA courses with a special emphasis on research. If your primary motiva­tion is research, come and join our highly international research community!

The purpose of the scholarship is to foster your academic career, to enable you to become involved in existing research projects and to actively support you during your Master’s degree studies. A Master’s degree is the prerequisite for starting a PhD in one of Goethe University’s seminal research units.


  • You are well versed in your academic discipline and particularly interested in research?
  • You hold or are on track for an excellent or above-average Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a university outside Germany?
  • You are looking for an interesting Master’s programme and are considering a PhD in the long run?
  • You want a platform to exchange ideas with other international researchers about the topics you are passionate about?
  • You are seeking hands-on experience in research under the supervision of excellent professors in a renowned university with state-of-the art facilities?
  • You need a stepping stone to start a successful, international career and funding for your Master’s programme?


Goethe University will provide you, as a scholarship holder, with:

  • A monthly stipend of 1,000 € for the standard period of study in a Master programme at Goethe-University (generally 2 years)
  • Excellent academic supervision by professors and academic staff who work in most cases in the university’s most distinguished research units
  • The option to write your Master’s thesis and other seminar papers or do an internship in their respective research unit
  • Support and orientation by an experienced Master’s student buddy during your studies
  • Access to seminars focusing on professional skills at our Graduate Academy GRADE, normally open only to PhD students and postdocs
  • Innovative research environment and networks to fellow scholarship holders and other advanced researchers
  • Career support through Goethe University’s Research Support Office
  • Insight and involvement in the activities of multidisciplinary research groups at Goethe University

Application Process:

To apply for the scholarship programme you will need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at least two-thirds of which have been completed at a university outside Germany plus a transcript of records
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or other academic staff (signed by hand and officially sealed), stating your excellent or above-average performance (among the top 10% of graduates from your previous degree programme)
  • A letter of motivation outlining a study plan and demonstrating your academic ability as well as your principle research interest
  • Proof of proficiency in German and/or English (depending on the language of instruction of the Master’s course)
  • A comprehensive CV in tabular form
  • To be admitted to one of the selected Master programme (the selection process for both the Master’s programme and the scholarship takes place at the same time)
  • To identify one of the research units which the Master programme of your choice is related to. The respective research unit should match your research interest and be a potential workplace for you in the future (you have to select a single research unit) see: “Master Programmes” or “Research Units” for details on the research units).
  • You can apply for up to three degree programmes. However, you are only allowed to apply for one relevant research unit in connection with your scholarship application
  • After you have completed the first half of the study period, you will have to submit a transcript of records proving your successful performance, in order to receive further funding (for Sinology and History after six months and for the remaining degree programmes after one year)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Goethe University’s Master scholarship programme


  1. Greetings,

    I appreciate all thw information concerning the fully funded scholarships particularly in Germany. I obtained a B.Sc in Political Science in 2014 with a Second Class Honours and Grade Point Average of 3.16/4. Which placed me with an award as the 3rd Best Male and 6th overall graduating student that year. I am passionate about Political Science particularly International Relations. I wish to raise this question, in a case where just one professor is willing to give u a recommendation letter,and other Senior lecturers are available to give u recommendation, will the university accept.

  2. hi all I am Hamda Hassan Warsame from Somalia looking for post graduate education and interested in research please send me scholarships related in in the field of health, community development and environmental sciences.
    thank you

  3. Iam a Kenyan interested in research on digital media/communication. I have a Bsc degree in information science and experienced working in journalism, PR, information, communication and publishing sectors. Iam looking for a scholarship for research on digital media, communication or digital publishing. Kindly advice or refer me to the right institution.

  4. hi i am Richard Omoregie from Nigeria, I am interested in research, i studied chemical Engineering and obtain B.ENG with a Second Class Honour, I need a good instituton for research to study PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

  5. I am Joshua from Nigeria seeking to pursue graduate studies outside my country. Can you help me with statistics related scholarships?

  6. I am Habetamu Getinet from Ethiopia in research on Agricutural soil science.I have BSc degree in plant science.I am intersted to study MSc in soil science in your university.

  7. Hi
    Samuel Opoku Asiedu from Ghana. I’ve had my first degree in Biological Science with First Class Honors at KNUST, Ghana. I’m currently embarking on a project on pathogenesis of buruli ulcer in endemic areas at a Research firm. I also assist in lab and field works, mostly working on molecular biology techniques. I wish to get my second degree(Masters) in Molecular biology or genomic medicine in your honorable university. Counting on you. Thank you

  8. Hello
    I’m Deborah Acheampong. A graduate of second class upper honors in Bsc. Meteorology and Climate Science, KNUST, Ghana. I’m very much interested to do Masters in Atmospheric Research in your institution. I hope to gain more knowledge as i read and research on many varying topics relating to the atmosphere. Thank you


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