Heinrich Böll Foundation: Study Scholarship Print
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 10:10

Africa_1Deadline: September 1 (for short application)

Funding Source: Heinrich Böll Foundation

Country of Study: Germany

Degree Targeted: Master





This scholarship is recurrent; please make sure you visit their pointingfingerleftwebsite for updated information. Note that some scholarships are launched annually for a predetermined number of years - so before start preparing your application, make sure you have updated information.


Parce que cette bourse est annuelle ; il est hautement recommandé de visiter leur site pour les dernières infos.

Type of Scholarship
Fully funded








The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a federally organised, independently operating foundation. It sees its main tasks in political education, in promoting democratic decision-making, in commitment to social issues and in international understanding. Each year the foundation awards between 80 and 100 scholarships to students and doctoral candidates. The foundation attaches great importance to sponsoring foreign students. The sponsorships concerned are full sponsorships. Besides the formal requirements, the foundation particularly wants applicants to correspond to the principles of the foundation and to be willing to assume political and social responsibility. In return, students are well provided for. In parallel to a two to three-year material sponsorship a supporting programme and regional fora are organised. The foundation arranges work placements on request. Scholarship holders also have the right to participate in the foundation boards. In return, they are expected to submit regular intermediate reports during the sponsorship period. The study scholarships are open students of all disciplines.             


Number of Scholarships
80 - 100

Two to three years                   


Scholarship Value  

The following is applicable for foreign applicants (excluding EU members) desiring to commence academic studies in Germany: Cost of living scholarships for international scholarship holders are fixed and not dependent on the parental income.




Eligible African Countries


Any African country



Field of Study

Any field offered in German universities





Target Group
Committed students who work according to the principles of the foundation and actively engage with the aims of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, combining above-average scientific achievements with a preparedness to assume social and political responsibility.

Academic Requirements
The Student Association (Studienwerk) awards grants to German and foreign students according to the guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as those of the Foreign Office. Applicants for a study grant have to be registered at a state or state approved higher education institution or university of applied sciences in Germany at the time of commencement of the award.

Application Requirements

  • Scholarship holders have to be registered at a state or state-recognised university, institution of higher education or university of applied sciences in Germany at the time of commencement of the award.
  • Applicants are required to provide evidence of a first degree qualifying them to enter a profession. Only graduates doing a Master degree course can be supported.
  • A very good command of German is a precondition; proof is required.
  • Periods of time spent abroad in third countries by foreign scholarship holders exceeding 4 weeks unfortunately cannot be supported in compliance with the current sponsorship guidelines.

The following is applicable both for German and foreign applicants wishing to commence a Master degree or postgraduate course of study:

  • Applicants should be sure to apply to the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) for a sponsorship before commencing their studies in order to facilitate a long-term sponsorship and cooperation.
  • Students completing a 1-year Master's degree course who have not held a Heinrich Böll Foundation scholarship before, are not supported.
  • Study fees for courses subject to fees within Germany cannot be paid for.



Application Procedure


Check the foundation website for more information.




Heinrich Böll Foundation
Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Frau Bärbel Karger

Schumannstraße 8
10117 Berlin

Phone: 030 / 28534-400

Internet: www.boell.de

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