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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 35 years
  • The applicant must prove a graduation with excellence
  • Scholarships are awarded only to postgraduate or PhD students
  • Proof of German knowledge is mandatory ( level A2 for short-term research stay and level B2 for full-time courses is recommended)
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a professor
  • 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 PG studies in Germany)
  • Abstract of your research / PhD proposal along with the provisional time plan
  • Proof of social and extra-curricular activities
  • Current curriculum vitae in tabular form (not longer than 2 pages)
  • Send the above-mentioned documents with a motivational letter to
  • Application deadline: 15th January for summer semester and 15th July for winter semester
  • If you are eligible, we will invite you for an interview
  • You will receive all necessary documents for your visa application
  • Return air ticket and travel insurance
  • A monthly stipend of Euro 861 for postgraduate students and Euro 1200 for PhD students
  • Individual assistance and conceptual programmes in Germany