Konrad Adenauer Scholarship Program in Germany

Deadline: 15 July 2020
Open to: prospective MA/PhD students
Benefits: fully funded


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships to international master students and graduates in order to enable study and research at universities in Germany. This way, we actively promote intercultural dialogues, the formation of international networks as well as the internationalization of universities and science. The Scholarship Program for International Students is aimed at international students and graduates who have acquired a university degree and who intend to complete postgraduate or master studies, doctoral studies or a research stay of at least three semesters at a university in Germany.


– Have a university degree, as we do not provide support for bachelor studies,
– Prove above average academic performance,
– Be no older that 30 when applying,
– Have good knowledge of the German language (B2-level),
– Be actively engaged in voluntary work,
– Plan to study a minimum of three semesters at a university in Germany,
– Possess a broad general education and distinct interest in political issues,
– Have a positive attitude towards democracy and human rights,
– Be open to develop their personal points of view and practice tolerance,
– Be highly motivated and able to convince us of their goals in life.


The duration and level of funding varies for different types of studies. Graduates (master or postgraduate students) receive a monthly scholarship of EUR 850 ( EUR 861 as of August 1, 2020). The standard funding period is two years. After having obtained unconditional admission to doctoral studies at a German university, PhD-students receive a monthly scholarship of EUR 1.200. The standard funding period for PhD scholars is three years. They also fund research stays in Germany for the minimum of three semesters.

How to apply?

There are two ways to apply for our scholarship program:

1. Each year new focus countries or regions are determined for our selection procedures. In 2020 the focus regions will be Central Europe, Southeast Asia, Near East and Western Africa. Interviews will be conducted in Budapest, Seoul, Amman and a capital city in a West African country (yet to be determined). If you are living in a country or region close to these cities, you may send your written application directly to the responsible KAS office – please check their web-sites for the exact procedure and addressee. Students living in countries that are not listed cannot apply for the international selection procedure in 2020.

2. In case you are already living or studying in Germany, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship via the domestic selection program using our online procedure. Please fill out the application form online and upload all required application documents. Please do not send in any documents by mail as these will not be considered.

For more information, please visit the official web page.