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Hanns Seidel Foundation believes in promoting young talent and making education accessible to all through its scholarship programme. It provides a platform to highly qualified postgraduate and Ph.D. students, from around the world who are willing to pursue higher studies or research in Germany.

Our foundation aims to support gifted students/scholars in fulfilling their academic plans in Germany and guide them to propel academically to become game changer in further development of India. However, besides academic excellence, the applicant’s social and political awareness and involvement is also crucial for the selection process.

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.

  • Age limit is 45 years
  • The applicant must prove a graduation with excellence
  • Scholarships are awarded to students in their bachelor, master and PhD programmes
  • Proof of German knowledge (level B2) is mandatory
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a professor
  • Letter of recommendation regarding the personality, written by an authority person who can certify the social and extra-curricular activities
  • Letter of recommendation and confirmation of supervising professor in Germany (for research, PhD students)
  • Certificate of enrolment at Indian university (for research) or proof of admission (at German university)
  • Certificate of enrolment at German university (for studies in Germany)
  • Abstract of your research / PhD proposal along with the provisional time plan
  • Current curriculum vitae in tabular form (not longer than 2 pages) along with a detailed curriculum vitae
  • For more information and the application procedure, kindly visit our online portal: Additionally, send us your documents via email at delhi(at)
  • Application deadline: 15th January for summer semester and 15th July for winter semester
  • You will receive all necessary documents for your visa application
  • A monthly stipend of 934 euro for graduate and postgraduate students and 1300 euro for PhD students
  • An allowance of 1000 Euro for travel costs (max. 500 euroto Germany and max. 500 euro to return to India)
  • Health insurance in Germany (*If the scholarship holder has their own health insurance, a monthly allowance of up to 94 euro for health insurance (Krankenversicherung) and 28 euro for long-term care insurance (Pflegeversicherung) can be granted. Students over the age of 30 who have voluntary statutory or private health insurance can be granted an allowance of up to 155 euro for health insurance and up to 34 euro for long-term care insurance.)
  • Individual assistance and conceptual programmes in Germany