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Fully Funded International Scholarship in Germany

Fully Funded International Scholarship in Germany

Fully Funded
Country: Germany
City: Berlin
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The Scholarship Department of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is awarding the fully funded international scholarship to highly-qualified undergraduate and doctoral students from Germany and abroad who evidence high levels of social and political engagement. In granting scholarships, the Stiftung seeks to counteract the social, political and gender discrimination prevalent in our society. Therefore it gives preference to applications from women, students of non-academic and migrant backgrounds, the socially needy, and people with disabilities who demonstrate comparable achievements and commitment. The institution is encouraging applications from undergraduate and doctoral students from scientific and technical disciplines.

Both resident, as well as foreign doctoral students, are eligible to apply for a doctoral scholarship in all disciplines (except for medical degrees).

The German doctoral students enrolled in a public or publicly accredited institution of higher education in Germany, the EU or Switzerland are eligible for scholarships. Foreign doctoral students enrolled in a doctoral programme at a public or publicly accredited institution of higher education in Germany are also eligible. Foreign students planning for an extended research stay outside of Germany during their doctoral studies are also eligible for this scholarship


The scholar will receive a monthly stipend of  1200€. Furthermore, s/he will receive a transportation lump sum of 100€, and a further lump sum of 20€.

However, we do not allow double funding with other public funds. Also, we will calculate multiple scholarships together. Moreover, private stays in one’s home country or other third countries cannot be funded.


Eligibility requirements for a doctoral scholarship include outstanding academic performance during undergraduate studies as well as proof of social engagement in the spirit of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

Various kinds of scholarships for doctoral students exist which vary in their eligibility requirements. Applicants can only apply for one scholarship at a time!

Eligibility requirements for foreign doctoral students:

  • Acceptance at a public or publicly accredited institution of higher learning in Germany or abroad
  • Supervision by a professor in Germany
  • Outstanding academic performance
  • Social engagement in the spirit of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • High proficiency in German (proof of instruction required) – we cannot support German language courses!

If the scholar is writing dissertation at a German university, the maximum duration of the scholarship is two years. Further the scholar can apply for at most two semester-long extensions, with an additional year provided to parents, in cases of illness or other significant impairments.

For applicants who have already received a scholarship from other institutions, an RLS scholarship can only be provided if the previous scholarship lasted less than two years. Every previous scholarship is calculated into the overall duration, i.e. subtracted from the maximum scholarship duration of two years.

Generally speaking, we do not provide scholarships to finish a nearly-completed dissertation. Also, we do not allow full-time employment during the scholarship period.

The length of a research stay in Germany as part of a dissertation being completed at a foreign institution (proof of acceptance required) depends on the specifics of the research stay; it can last no longer than two years. Various extensions are possible, as described above.

How to Apply?

You can apply for the fully funded international scholarship in Germany online.

Deadlines for Applications

1 April for grants beginning in the winter semester (1 October) of the same year

1 October for grants beginning in the summer semester (1 April) of the next year


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Open toAll Nationalities
Organizer Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Contact the organizer+ 49 30 44310-223



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