Heinrich Böll Doctoral scholarship in Germany

    The foundation awards some 200 scholarships annually to doctoral graduates. The foundation attaches great importance to sponsoring foreign students. The sponsorships concerned are full sponsorships. Besides the formal requirements, the foundation particularly wishes applicants to operate according 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 the material support, immaterial support is also provided;for example a supporting programme and regional fora are organised. The study scholarships are open students of all disciplines. However, applicants for a doctoral sponsorship must already have acquired admission to the doctorate at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany, or if they hold a foreign degree they must have been admitted to a doctorate by a higher education institution in Germany.


    • Applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted as a doctoral student by an institution of higher education in Germany or an EU country.
    • Preference will be given to dissertation projects related to the working areas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.


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    • Germans/Foreign students educated in Germany and EU nationals/Students not educated in Germany:€1150,-per month basic scholarship plus €100 per month research costsallowance

    • Non-EU nationals/Students not educated in Germany:€1,000 per month,plus € 100 mobility allowanceper month, plus various individual allowances

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