PhD students may be eligible for scholarships provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The Scholarship Database gives international students useful information about programmes offered by the DAAD as well as other scholarship awarding organisations to finance their research stays in Germany.
Applicants may also consider other Foundations to apply for funding as these organisations offer specific programmes for international post-graduate students.
Some of the most important German foundations are:
- Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, party of the Green political movement in Germany
- Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, associated with the Social Democratic Party of Germany
- Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the German conservative research foundation
- Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, associated with the German Left Party
- Friedrich-Nauman-Foundation, the German foundation for liberal politics
- German National Academic Foundation, largest, non-political and non-denominational sponsorship organization for academically gifted
- Hans-Böckler Foundation, institute of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB)
- Klaus-Murmann-Fellowship Programme (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft), Fellowship Program of the Foundation of German Business
- Gerda Henkel Foundation supports scientific works primarily in the field of humanities.
- Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt-Stiftungsfonds. Stiftungsfonds zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der archäologischen Bauforschung
- The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) awards research scholarships and fellowships to young academics (doctoral and postdoctoral researchers) from Germany and abroad.
- ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry is an independent center for research and culture. It supports students from all disciplines, fields, and nationalities.
- Mawista Scholarship – Scholarships for those studying abroad while taking care of a child, including those pursuing study in Germany.
- Deutschland Stipendium – Merit-based scholarships of €300 a month are available to highly talented students enrolled at German universities.
- You can also look see data bases such as The German Center for Research and Innovation and Research in Germany.
Some of the international foundations that support PhD students:
- World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program awards fellowships for full-time study or research at the postgraduate level in fields related to economic development.
- Rotray Global Grants is an international institute that provides support for graduate-level studies for 1-2 years. The focus is on topics related to promoting peace, growing local economies and education
- The European Union offers funding opportunities (including Marie Curie Fellowships ), regardless of what country or sector you wish to work in. you can find open calls on the portal of The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
- Open Society Foundation awards a number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships.