Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Logo)Scholarships and Cultural Activities


1. What are the application requirements?

You should be able to provide evidence of above average academic performance, bring broad general education and distinct interest in political issues, and have a positive attitude towards democracy and human rights. Furthermore, you should have been actively engaged in voluntary work for the benefit of the people and the society in your home country.

2. I have not passed the final exam yet. Can I still apply for a scholarship for master or postgraduate studies in Germany?

Yes, you are allowed to apply before having completed your studies. In this case, please submit your studies performance records and hand in a copy of your diploma as soon as possible.

3. Do you award scholarships for studies at technical colleges (Fachhochschule)?

Yes, our scholarships are awarded for studies at universities of applied science and technical colleges.

4. Which countries can students apply from?

The Sponsorship Program for Foreign Students focuses on students from countries undergoing a process of political transformation as well as from developing and emerging countries. Nevertheless, students from other countries might apply too while students coming from a member state of the European Union should apply to our domestic Sponsorship Programs.

Please note the differences between the international and the domestic selection procedure: Each year, we define new regional focuses and hold selection conferences in several countries (Current list of planned international selection conferences). Only students living in one of the listed countries or in the region can apply via the international selection procedure. Please address your written application to the appropriate regional KAS office.

Students living in Germany, regardless of their nationalities, can apply via the domestic selection program using our new online procedure (is still being prepared and intended to go online in June). Please do not send in any written application.

5. Do you fund foreign studies or internships of German students?

No, Sponsorship Program for Foreign Students is dedicated to international students only. Under certain conditions, studies abroad might be supported by our domestic sponsorship program but only in the context of a regular scholarship.

6. Do you award scholarships for bachelor studies?

No, our scholarship program is exclusively for master, postgraduate, and doctoral studies.

7. Is the scholarship program limited to certain subjects of study or doctoral researches?

In general, there is no such limitation. Although, Medicine and Pharmacy students can only apply after having completed their intermediate exam in Germany or when having achieved a comparable stage of their studies in another country. Human or dental medicine specialist training or post gradual research stays in Germany cannot be supported.

8. Is there a minimum period in your scholarship program?

Yes, the minimum period in our scholarship program is one year and the remaining length of your studies or research in Germany has to be at least two semesters. This minimum period is necessary with regard to our ideational support program.

9. Is there an age limit for applicants?

Yes, there is an age limit of 30 years for applicants.

10. Is knowledge of the German language required or can I also apply with sufficient English skills?

Our program of ideational support and the activities of the regional scholar groups are held in German. For this reason, a sufficient knowledge of the German language (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is obligatory for all scholars even if the courses of their planned studies are taught in English. In general, our scholars take and pass the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) or the DaF-test (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with a high rating before the beginning of their university studies in Germany. In exceptional cases, we financially support German language courses as preparation for studies in Germany. Please be aware of the fact that the university you are intending to study at might impose an even higher level of German requirements to their international students.

11. Can I receive ideational support only?


12. Is it possible to submit the exposé of my doctoral thesis in English?

Please write and submit the exposé of your doctoral thesis in German. In exceptional cases we accept exposés in English, especially when your thesis will be written in English too.

13. In which language have the letters of recommendation to be written in?

The letters of recommendation may be submitted in German, English or in the original language with German translation.

14. I already receive a scholarship for my current master of doctoral studies which is to expire shortly. Can I still apply for your scholarship program?

No, we do not do follow-up financing within one course of study. However, you may apply for our scholarship program when your former scholarship had been awarded for studies you completed successfully (e. g. bachelor) and now you are planning to follow a second course of study (master or doctorate).

15. My doctoral studies/my course of study includes extensive research/studies in a country other than Germany. Can I still apply for your scholarship program?

Studies or research abroad have to be fully justified, recommended by your supervisor and must not exceed 25% of the scholarship period.

16. I have already completed doctoral studies. Can I apply of a scholarship for a second doctoral project?


17. Does my spouse’s income affect the amount of the scholarship?


18. Is there a family supplement?

Yes, a family supplement can be granted under the condition that you and your spouse live together in one place in Germany for at least three months and that his/her income does not exceed the amount of € 450 per month.

19. To which address should I send my application?

In case there is an international selection conference in your country or region in 2018, please send your written application including all required documents to the responsible regional KAS Office in your country. A list of all planned international selection conferences can be viewed here. Most of our scholarships are awarded via the international selection conferences.

In case you are already living in Germany, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship using our new online procedure, which is currently still being prepared and intended to go online in June. Please fill out the application form online and upload all required application documents. Please do not send in any written application. The application period for 2018 will be open from June to July 15 (12:00/noon).