Scholarships are designed to support students. A wide range of officialdoms and private institutions in Germany accept applications for scholarships. They select their scholarship holders mainly based on academic, social or personal characteristics, and provide them with a specified amount of financial support. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports over 100,000+ German and international students (including Indian students) and researchers all around the world – making it the world’s largest funding organization of its kind. If you are planning to pursue your higher education abroad, then Germany is definitely a great choice! The large number of international students in Germany is proof that the country is an obvious choice for higher education across the world. Study in Germany for international students is highly recommended, thanks to the array of opportunities that follow after pursuing studies in the country.

DAAD Scholarship in Germany for Indian students (or any other international student) are designed mainly for graduates, doctoral students and postdocs. DAAD awards Research Grants – Short-Term Grants for PhD students and postdoctoral students and Research Grants – One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidates from almost all countries of origin. This is also a major reason why Indian students prefer to study in Germany. For a language course in Germany, you can apply to the University Summer Courses and University Winter Courses programmes.

Sur-place and Third Country Programmes’ is also there, in which students and young scientists and researchers are offered DAAD funding in their home country or region.

DAAD scholarships in Germany for Indian students (or any other international student) do not have to be paid back. Depending on the scholarship programme, there are numerous additional benefits.


Scholarship Money Per Month – The scholarship payment depends on the academic qualifications of the scholarship holders and on the scholarship programme. Monthly scholarship payment is approx. € 861 for graduates and € 1,200 for doctoral/PhD students.

Travel Expenses – DAAD grants a flat-rate travel allowance.

Benefits For Family Members – Under certain conditions, DAAD offers an allowance for accompanying spouses, child allowance and insurance benefits for spouses and children.

Health Insurance – Scholarship holders and accompanying family members must be covered by health insurance from the first day of their stay in Germany. In many programmes, insurance coverage is part of the scholarship.

If your chosen programme does not include insurance coverage, under certain circumstances you may be able to take out inexpensive health, accident and personal liability insurance through DAAD.

Part-Time Job – An approval is required from DAAD and your academic supervisor, to work part-time. DAAD will verify that the part-time employment does not interfere with the purpose of the scholarship. Additional income exceeding € 450 gross per month shall be deducted from the monthly scholarship payment.

Second Scholarship – A second scholarship from an international provider of up to € 450 will not have an effect on your DAAD scholarship.

Tuition Fees – DAAD does not pay tuition fees for its scholarship holders. Even as a scholarship holder, you should therefore ask your chosen host university whether tuition fees are charged for your programme.

Benefits For People With A Disability – Yes, people with a disability or chronic illness can apply for additional benefits which individually supplement the regular scholarship benefits.


Sponsor: German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

Deadline – Jan, 2022

Amount – 615 Euro monthly

Number Of Awards – Variable

Eligibility – Sophomores and juniors; students must be able to receive credit at their home university for their stay in Germany; non US citizens should contact DAAD for further information on eligibility

Details – Support to undergraduate students of US universities for study or research in Germany for one semester to one year (4-10 months)

Perks – Monthly stipend, international travel, health insurance assistance, some misc. expenses

Host Country – Germany


The applications have to be sent directly to the respective University. The complete applications have to be submitted in English or German to be considered.

List of the required documents (in the stated order):

  • DAAD application form
  • Hand-signed CV
  • Hand-signed letter of motivation
  • Professional letter/s of recommendation from your employer
  • Confirmation of employment from the employer
  • Proof of language abilities:
    • a) English – TOEFL or IELTS (academic)
    • b) German – necessary for the courses taught in German; for the courses taught in English, if available.

Dear Indian aspirants, you are still eligible but along with some terms and conditions. Let’s see what they are,

  • There is no age limit for DAAD scholarships.
  • You are still eligible, if you have finished university degree or started doctorate longer ago than the application requirements specify.
  • You are still eligible, if you have not completed your university degree at the time of application.
  • You are still eligible, if you are already in Germany (for a maximum of 15 months by the closing date for applications).
  • Indian students are still eligible for a short-term scholarship, if you are not currently living in India but you have lived and have been a normal resident in India for at least one year at the time of application.
  • If Indian students would like to study in Germany for more than 6 months of course, then Indian students must also have obtained your last degree (e.g. Bachelor/Master) in India or obtain this degree by the time the scholarship period begins.
  • DAAD offers scholarship programmes that are generally open to all subjects, although certain restrictions apply to some subjects (e.g. medicine). So, Indian students can apply for a scholarship whatever subject you are studying.
  • Language skills of German and English / German or English are required to apply for a scholarship. There are e-learning language courses that you can take in India to improve your skills.

While preparing your application, ‘letter of motivation’ and ‘proposal’ are to be submitted. Let’s see what they are,

  • In the Call for Applications for Study in Germany Scholarships, a ‘letter of motivation’ must be submitted. A letter of motivation is a short one-page-long letter that explains why you’re the perfect candidate for the position by using examples of your interests and achievements.
  • The calls for applications for research grants require a so-called ‘proposal’. A proposal is a detailed and precise description of the project you have agreed to complete with your academic supervisor.