Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to study in Germany (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PHD students)

Application Deadline: September 2nd 2015

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’).

Scholarship recipients  are expected 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.

interested candidates can apply for:

  • undergraduate scholarship for German and German-educated applicants (Bildungsinländer/innen)
  • graduate scholarships for international students
  • scholarships for the journalism programme “Medienvielfalt, anders“
  • doctoral scholarships for international students
  • doctoral scholarships in the focus programme “Transformation Research”

The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students from inside and outside Germany. The Application process takes place twice a year. The application deadline is 1 March and 1 September.

Requirements for your scholarship application

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.

Selection procedure

stages and criteria

The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s selection proceedre for scholarship applicants consists of three stages:

  • Submission of written application documents, including a personal reference on your social commitment and an expert reference from a university lecturer or, in the case of school leavers, a school teacher. The expert reference, preferably in a sealed envelope, may be submitted with the applications or submitted separately by the referee.
  • An interview with a liaison lecturer, usually held at your university or near where you live (telephone intervi ews may also be held).
  • Attendance at a selection workshop in Berlin consisting of a one-to- one interview and a group discussion.

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