The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to approximately 1,500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students each year who are enrolled in universities, universities of applied sciences, or universities of the arts. These students come from all disciplines and countries.
The Foundation anticipates that the applicants of their scholarships will have incredible academic records, be politically and socially active, and are keenly interested in the fundamental principles of the foundation, which include ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, and self-determination and justice.
Heinrich Boll Foundation
Type of Scholarship
Level of Program
Undergraduate, Post-graduate, and Doctorate
1 March, 24/1 September, 24 (tentative)
Undergraduate and graduate students: Students educated in Germany and EU nationals (not schooled in Germany) may get up to INR 59,347 per month plus INR 27,468 in book money. The amount of financing depends on the applicant's own or his parental income and assets. Non-EU nationals (those who were not educated in Germany) will awarded INR 77,742 per month in addition to other individual allowances.
For doctorate students: Students educated in Germany and EU nationals (not schooled in Germany) will get INR 1,23,523 per month, plus INR 9156 per month for research fees. Non-EU nationals (those not schooled in Germany) will earn INR 1,09,789 per month in addition to INR 9,156 per month in mobility allowance and various individual allowances.
International Master's students with university entrance qualifications obtained outside of Germany:
- You may apply before beginning your master’s course or at any time up until the end of the first semester.
- You have to submit your proof of an initial professional certificate.
- You have to submit your proof of German Proficiency: Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate).
International Doctoral students who obtained their university admission qualification outside of Germany:
- They need to provide their proof of acceptance to Ph.D. studies at a state or state-recognized university and must be supplied with the application in Germany.
- International Doctoral students' preliminary work must be completed by the application deadline, and a valid completion timetable must be given.
- Ph.D. subjects linked to the Foundation's main points will be prioritized.
- Proof of German Proficiency is required: Level B2 or DSH 2 (with certificate).
The Heinrich Boll Foundation only accepts applications online. The internet gateway goes live around six weeks before the application deadline. To apply for the scholarship, follow these steps:
- You need to gather all the information on the application process and the documentation that's required.
- Then you will create an account on the online application application portal.
- The next step is to fill out the Online Application Portal with the requested information.
- Once you've uploaded all of your documents, submit your application before the application deadline.
Candidates should have these records close at hand:
- A two-page summary of the candidate's involvement in society.
- Doctoral candidates should include a thorough exposé of their study.
- Recommendation Letters
- Work Experience Updated Resume
- A transcript of grades
- Statement of Purpose
- Enrolment Card of the Applicant
- If the applicant's prior institution employed a grading system that is different from the one used in Germany, please provide an explanation of it.
Three stages make up the selection of applicants for Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarships:
Stage 1: Applicants must submit their applications, the necessary documentation, and personal references attesting to their social commitment responsibility. Applications are carefully examined based on each applicant’s academic credentials, political interests, and social commitments as well as their purpose for applying for the scholarship, and the standard of their research project.
Stage 2: Following a thorough screening process, a liaison lecturer interview- which may be conducted in person or over the phone- is held. After carefully examining the profiles, the selection procedure is carried out.
Stage 3: Selected candidates will be contacted to participate in a workshop, group discussion, and personal interview session held in Berlin.
Studienwerk der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Fon: +49 - 30 - 28 534 - 400
office hours: Mo, Tu, Thu, Fr 10-13 Uhr
E-Mail: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarship?
Each year, the Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to about 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students, representing all fields of study and nationalities, who are enrolled in German higher education institutions.
How do I get a Heinrich Boll Scholarship?
If you’re applying for the Heinrich Boll Scholarships then you must have excellent academic achievements as well as be politically and socially involved. You should also be passionate about the foundation's core values, which include sustainability and ecology, human rights and democracy, and justice and self-determination.
Can I reapply for the Heinrich Boll Foundation Scholarship?
If you did not pass the first or second stage then you may reapply. If you were rejected during the selection workshop then you are not permitted to reapply.