Scholarship - Study in Germany (DAAD Scholarship)

Study grants - Master's degree for all scientific subjects • DAAD


Program goal

This scholarship program offers you the opportunity to continue your academic education in Germany with a postgraduate degree.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you have completed your studies with a first degree (e.g. bachelor's degree, diploma) by the time you start your scholarship at the latest.

Please note: The DAAD offers its own, subject-specific study grant programs for artistic departments and the department of architecture: music , visual arts/design/film , performing arts , architecture

What is funded?

is funded

  • a complete postgraduate or master's degree with a degree from a state or state-recognized university in Germany


  • one year of study in Germany as part of a postgraduate or master’s degree with a degree from your home university. The prerequisite is that the academic achievements you have completed in Germany are recognized by them. The standard period of study at your home university must not be exceeded by the academic year in Germany.

A master’s degree that has already started in Germany cannot be funded.

Duration of the promotion

The scholarship is intended for stays of between 10 and 24 months , depending on the duration of the chosen course of study .
The scholarships are awarded for the duration of the standard period of study of the chosen course (maximum 24 months). In your application, please state the entire period for which you wish to apply for funding. For example, if you are planning a 2-year course of study, you must specify two years as the desired duration of the scholarship when you apply. After the first year of study, your academic achievements will then be assessed in a further funding process. If this shows that you will successfully complete your studies within a reasonable time frame, the scholarship will continue as planned.
As a rule, funding begins on October 1st of the following year, or earlier in the case of a preceding German course.

Scholarship benefits


  • Monthly scholarship rate of 861 euros
  • Benefits for health, accident and personal liability insurance
  • travel allowance
  • one-off study grant (if you are from a DAC country you will receive a flat rate of €460, for all other countries the grant is €260)

In addition, the following additional benefits can be granted under certain conditions:

  • monthly rent allowance
  • monthly supplements for accompanying family members. Please also read our important scholarship information / section F, point 3.
  • In the case of a disability or chronic illness: subsidy for additional costs incurred abroad that are not covered by third parties: Further information
  • Green Mobility Top Up (subsidy for climate-friendly travel) or half reimbursement of CO2 compensation payments for air travel

The DAAD offers the following services to help you prepare for your stay in Germany:

  • Coverage of the course fees for an online language course upon receipt of the scholarship confirmation
  • if necessary: ​​German course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the study stay in Germany; The DAAD decides on participation and the duration depending on German language skills and projects. Participation in the language course is mandatory if the language of instruction in the degree program is German. Due to the pandemic, upstream German courses may take place online.
  • Subsidy for a self-chosen German course during the scholarship
  • Reimbursement of the fee for a TestDaF or DSH exam that you can either take in your home country after receiving the scholarship confirmation or in Germany during the course of your funding.

Please note that the DAAD generally does not pay any tuition fees .


An independent selection committee made up of experts decides on the applications.

The selection criteria are:

Professional qualifications

  • Academic achievements (general grade average, grade development)
  • school leaving certificate, if applicable
  • course of study
  • Knowledge of the language of instruction or working
  • possibly relevant internships, possibly work experience

Quality of the study project

  • Quality of the study project and the preparation (preliminary information, choice of course, host university and contact)
  • Embedding the project in the course of studies, if relevant

Potential of the applicant

  • Motivation: professional and personal reasons for the stay in Germany, knowledge of German (if different from the working language);
  • Perspectives: Importance of the stay in Germany for further academic, professional and personal development
  • Extracurricular commitment: Extracurricular knowledge and skills, social commitment

In addition, the selection committee takes due account of aspects of equal opportunities, about which you can provide information in the application form.For detailed information and application: