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Hanns Seidel Foundation currently supports more than 1,000 highly qualified post-graduate and Ph.D.-students from around the world who pursue research or higher studies in Germany.

From India, 42 awardees of various fields have been selected since 2008. The aim is to support young and gifted students/scholars in fulfilling their academic plans in Germany and to further excel in their field but lack the means to do so. The awardees later become change makers who play their part in further development of India.

Our scholarship awardees are included in a participative conceptual support programme, which offers excursions, participation in extra-curricular courses and interesting events on politics, contemporary history, culture and more.

Study or research in Bavaria is preferred but not mandatory.

A special programme exists together with the Federation of Indo-German Societies. If you are a student of German Studies, kindly check 

  • Age limit is 32 years
  • Scholarships are awarded only to postgraduate and Ph.D. students
  • The applicant must prove a graduation with excellence
  • Our conceptual support programme is in German, hence the proof of German knowledge (level B1.2 recommended) is mandatory
  • Proof of social and extra-curricular activities
  • At least one letter of recommendation from your professor at your Indian university (present for research, past for PG studies in Germany)
  • Confirmation of supervising professor in Germany plus certificate of enrolment of Indian university (for research and Ph.D.)
  • Abstract of your research or Ph.D. proposal
  • Certificate of enrolment at German university (for PG studies in Germany)
  • Current curriculum vitae (not longer than 2 pages)
  • Send the abovementioned documents together with a motivational text or letter (1 page) to
  • Admission times vary, so apply any time
  • If you are eligible, we will invite you for an interview
  • If you have been selected, you will be informed
  • If you are already residing in Germany, please contact (the requirements are identical)
  • You will receive all necessary documents for your visa application
  • The costs for a return flight to Germany can be borne by the Foundation