Heinrich Boll Scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and PhD Students Ongoing

Awarded By: Heinrich Boll Foundation
Updated on Dec 21, 2023
University Research Analyst
Course: Bachelors +2 more
Deadline: Sep 1, 2023
Amount: Not Specified
+238 more

Scholarship Overview

The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to graduates, and doctoral students from outside Germany. An application for a scholarship for an undergraduate degree is not possible.

The foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students (Master Degree only for Non-EU citizens) of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (Kunst-/Musikhochschulen’).

Applicable course, university, and country

  • This scholarship is applicable for Masters Degree, PhD, Masters Diploma, Masters Certificate
  • This scholarship is applicable for all universities in Germany
  • Applicable to all graduates and doctoral students from outside Germany

Scholarship amount details

934 Euro per month plus various individual allowances which include possibly plus family, childcare allowance, health insurance or similar.

Scholarship amount can be used for:

Type of Expense Indicates if the scholarship can be used for this type of expense
Application × Not covered in scholarship
Tuition & Fees Scholarship amount can be used for this
Living Expense × Not covered in scholarship
Accommodation × Not covered in scholarship
Air Fare/Travel Expenses × Not covered in scholarship
Spouse/Child Care Scholarship amount can be used for this
Health Cover Scholarship amount can be used for this
Others × Not covered in scholarship

Eligible student nationality

India, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Russia, United Arab Emirates,Ireland,Italy, Poland, Portugal, Norway, Japan, Thailand, Belgium, Armenia, Fiji, China, South Korea, Greece, Mauritius, Estonia, Luxembourg, Ukraine, South Africa, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Philippines, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Monaco, Nepal, Georgia, Hong Kong, Turkey, Malta, Bahrain, Barbados, Guyana, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, BritishIndian Ocean Territory, British VirginIslands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, CaymanIslands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, ChristmasIsland, CocosIslands, Colombia, Comoros, CookIslands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, FalklandIslands, FaroeIslands, Finland, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras,Iceland,Indonesia,Iran,Iraq,Isle of Man,Israel,Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, MarshallIslands, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Northern MarianaIslands, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Pitcairn, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, SolomonIslands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks and CaicosIslands, Tuvalu, US VirginIslands, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Appication Process for this scholarship

  • Please note: We accept only online applications
  • Gather information on the application process and the requested documents
  • Register for the online application portal
  • Provide the requested information in the Online Application Portal
  • After uploading all of their documents, submit their application before the end of the application deadline

Application Link:

Additional Information:
This scholarship needs a separate external application.

Application Documents:

  • Statement Of Purpose: Must mention motivation for applying to the Heinrich Böll Foundation, motivation for studying applicant’s chosen subject, and his/her main areas of interest
  • Letter Of Recommendation: Two references are required. One from a third-party reference on their social commitment and Second from an expert reference from a university or college lecturer, or for school leavers from a schoolteacher (1–2 pages)
  • 1st Reference should be a confirmation and detailed description of applicants’ social commitment by a person of their choice who knows him/her well and is able to assess their commitment. This person should be neither a friend nor a member of his/her family. Wherever possible, he or she should be a representative of an institution or an organization. The referee may post or email the reference directly to the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Alternatively students yourself can upload the reference to the application portal
  • 1st Reference should contain the following information:
    • A description of applicants’ social commitment, especially in areas in which they have actively assumed responsibility. The reference should state exactly what the applicant has done or achieved to date, assessing in particular aspects of his/her commitment that are not sufficiently apparent from their CV or their statement of motivation
  • A personal assessment of applicants’ specific concerns and which particular causes him/her support
  • An assessment of applicants’ ability to reflect on political affairs and an appraisal of his/her personality. The context in which the referee made the applicant acquaintance and how long he or she has known the applicant
  • CV: Resume is required
  • Transcripts: A copy of Abitur, baccalaureate or university entrance qualification, or if applicable the last three interim certificates if Abitur certificate has yet to be issued at the time of their application
  • A list of study certificates to date if the applicant has already commenced his/her studies
  • Student enrolment certificate
  • Written proof of German language proficiency
  • Application documents are required in the German Language. References, expert opinions and, if applicable, translations of certificates and documents can be written in English. For graduate students, the abstract must be written in German, the exposé itself can be written in English

Important Dates & FAQ info:

Info Date
Scholarship application open Not Available
Scholarship Deadline March 1st, December 1st
Scholarship Decision date Not Available
Interview Date Not Available
FAQ Link https://www.boell.de/de/navigation/bewerbung-1081.html
Contact email Not Available
Contact number Not Available


Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants are expected to:
    • Have excellent academic records
    • Be socially and politically engaged
    • Have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination, and justice
  • Applicant must:
    • Be enrolled in a Masters Degree course at the state or state-recognized university in Germany
    • Have German proficiency: Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate)
    • Interview: Interview with a liaison lecturer, usually held at their university or near where the applicant lives (telephone interviews may also be held)

Scholarship Restriction:
No Special Restriction applicable

Exams Details:

Exam Name Indicates if Exam is Required and Cutoff (if any)
12th Required
UG Required
Interview Required


Additional Information:

  • Please inform their referee that the reference should contain the following information
  • A description of their social commitment, especially in areas in which students have actively assumed responsibility. The reference should state exactly what students have done or achieved to date, assessing in particular aspects of their commitment that are not sufficiently apparent from their CV or their statement of motivation
  • A personal assessment of their specific concerns and which particular causes students support
  • An assessment of their ability to reflect on political affairs and an appraisal of their personality
  • The context in which the referee made their acquaintance and how long he or she has known students.

iSchoolConnect Rating

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Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions about the scholarship are:

Who can apply for the Scholarship?
The scholarship is applicable to students from all countries.

What is the minimum Qualification Required?
The students must have completed their bachelor’s , masters and doctorate or equivalent degree from a recognized institution.

What is the procedure for applying?
Students will be auto-considered for this scholarship when they apply for the courses on which this scholarship is applicable. This scholarship needs a separate external application.

What are the documents required for filling the forms?
Official transcripts,Letter of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, CV

What is the duration of the Scholarship?
Not available.