A strong commitment to political and social issues is usually an important criterion for the award of a scholarship, along with excellent academic performance and a particular talent or aptitude for the chosen subject.
It is always worthwhile checking exactly what the criteria are for the award of a scholarship. The following list stages the biggest funding institutions.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest German funding organisation in the field of international academic cooperation. With its funding programmes, the DAAD supports foreign students on Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Its extensive scholarship database for foreign students, graduates and academics offers applicants a wide range of tips and information to help them successfully apply for a scholarship, for a course of study, a research assignment or a teaching position in Germany. As an organization of German universities and their student bodies, the DAAD does not offer programmes of study or courses itself, but awards competitive, merit-based grants for use towards study and research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education.
The Germany Scholarship provides financial and non-material support to highly committed students from all over the world. This scholarship is based on a partnership with both the public and private sectors, which sponsors young students monthly with 150 Euro. The German Government pledges a further 150 Euro. Bachelor and master students, as well as vocational trainees are eligible.
The research institutes of the Max Planck Society perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In particular, the Max Planck Society takes up new and innovative research areas that German universities are not in a position to accommodate or deal with adequately. The variety of topics in the natural sciences and the humanities at Max Planck Institutes complement the work done at universities and other facilities in important research fields. Graduates, PhD students, Postdocs and young researchers can apply for funding.