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There is a vast offer of scholarships! When applying for a scholarship, it is important to pick the right one. A thorough research is worth it as an optimal fit of sponsors and beneficiaries is significant.

Please note that some websites do not offer an English version. 

Scholarships for All Subjects of Study

You can find out more about the Martin Schmeißer Foundation here.

Scholarships of TU Dortmund University

Since the winter semester 2011/2012, TU Dortmund University has been offering the Deutschlandstipendium as a funding opportunity for high-performing and talented students. Here you can find further information.

Are you studying at TU Dortmund University, do you have a refugee background and need financial support? Here you will find information on study scholarships for refugees (NRWege ins Studium) as well as other scholarship programs and further contact points on the topic of study financing.

External Scholarship Providers

You can use the DAAD scholarship database to search for suitable scholarship programs by entering your data and apply for them from your home country and before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. More information can be found here.

Stipendienkultur Ruhr bundles all relevant information, answers questions and gives practical tips. This gives you the chance to receive ideal financial support as a student in the Ruhr area. Please contact: stipendienberatungtu-dortmundde.

MyStipendium offers a quick overview of available scholarships and helps with the preparation of an application. More than 30 criteria show which scholarships match with your individual profile. For more information click here.

This database supports students in their search for a suitable scholarship. This makes it easier to start your studies. For more information click here.

There are also other, more specific scholarships:

Scholarships for Socially and Politically Committed Students

The target group are students, first-year students and doctoral candidates who do not only achieve above-average results at school and university, but are also socially and politically committed. For more information click here.

Anyone who is professionally and socially committed and interested in socio-political issues can find out more about the KAS scholarship for international students here.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards study and doctoral grants to German and foreign students and doctoral candidates. Information on the requirements and the application can be found here.

An important goal is that the scholarship holders show their social responsibility in society after their studies - ideally in an ambitious position. For more information click here.

In addition to above-average performance, socio-political commitment and personality also count when selecting the scholarship holders. Young people from low-income families are given special consideration in the selection and in the amount of the scholarship. More information is available here.

Scholarships Provided by Church Organizations

The Cusanuswerk is the Catholic Church's organization for the promotion of gifted students in Germany and awards state funding to talented Catholic students of all disciplines. You can find more information about the scholarship here.

According to the Evangelisches Studienwerk, it supports students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines at universities and colleges in Germany as well as in Western and Eastern Europe. The scholarships are suitable for social and semesters abroad. Here you will find more information.

The KAAD is the scholarship organization of the Catholic Church in Germany for postgraduates and researchers from (developing) countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, and Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Here you will find more information.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Social Counseling Service for International Students.

You can reach us here: social.counselingtu-dortmundde

Consultations via Zoom: Only by prior appointment.
Office hours in presence: Wednesdays from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. 
Please book an appointment via Terminland. Consultation in presence/on site are held in room 212 (2nd floor) of the International Office that is located in Emil-Figge-Str. 61.

We are looking forward to assisting you!