The Hanseatic Scholarships are open to members of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to promote closer Anglo-German links within a European context.
The scholarships, which were established by the Hamburg-based Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships to the University of Oxford from Germany, may be held at any academic institution in Germany, and are tenable for one or two years.
The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level; give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree; or obtain a German degree.
All nationalities, however preference will be given to those who have not already undertaken an extended period of schooling or education in a German-speaking country.
Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of the German language, but further funding may be available to candidates who do not have a good knowledge of German to enable them to attend a language course in Germany at the beginning of their stay.
Candidates' proposed programmes of study or research must be such that they can best be carried out at a German university or institution of higher learning. Successful candidates will be those whose studies and personal development have most to gain from a period of study in Germany.
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The current value of the scholarship is approximately €15,000 per annum, although travel expenses will also be covered.