Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Scholarships for International Students

Scholarship Department

The Scholarship Department of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung awards financial grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and doctoral students from Germany and abroad who evidence high levels of social and political engagement. In granting scholarships, the Stiftung seeks to counteract the social, political and gender discrimination prevalent in our society, and therefore gives preference to applications from women, students of non-academic and migrant backgrounds, the socially needy, and people with disabilities who demonstrate comparable achievements and commitment. Applications from undergraduate and doctoral students from scientific and technical disciplines are actively encouraged, as well as from graduates of technical colleges.

Selection and sponsorship criteria include:
  • High scholarly and professional qualifications (proof of above-average academic achievement at school and/or university)
  • Political and social engagement in line with the aims of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • German language proficiency (B2 level or above)
  • Personal/family background

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s Scholarship Department operates according to the principle of direct application. Information on eligibility requirements and application forms for the scholarship can be found on the applications page. These documents cannot be sent by post.

Deadlines for Applications

1 April
for grants beginning in the winter semester (1 October) of the same year

1 October
for grants beginning in the summer semester (1 April) of the next year

Scholarships for MA and doctoral students from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq
  • graduate students pursuing their MA, Diplom or State Examination in Germany
  • doctoral students pursuing a PhD or doctoral research in Germany
Lux Like Studium (only for German students and a portion of international students meeting special criteria as specified in § 8 of the BAföG regulations)

Lux like Studium is the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s new scholarship programme designed to support and accompany school students from non-academic backgrounds in gaining admission to and completing a university degree. Students without an academic background are significantly less likely to apply to university, and are thus underrepresented on German campuses. In response, Lux like Studium provides financial support from the first semester onwards as a way to facilitate access to institutions of higher education.

Study Scholarships  (only for German students and a portion international students, which fullfill special criteria as specified in § 8 of the BAföG regulations)

Funding is available to BA and MA students from all disciplines and all state-approved institutions of higher education who meet the requirements sets out in §8 of the German Federal Law on Education and Training (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG), namely students holding a German passport and immigrants with prospects of residing in Germany permanently. Limited funding is also available for students from other EU member states. The duration of the grant and the amount of funding provided are based on BAföG regulations. Scholarships can be awarded beginning from the second semester of studies

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See also

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS)


Orange Knowledge Programme in The Netherlands

Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Worldwide

UAL International Postgraduate £50,000 Scholarship and accommodation award

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