The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships for International Students

Masters PostGraduate

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Apply for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships to international master students and graduates. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships aims to enable international students study and research at universities in Germany. The program actively promotes intercultural dialogues, the formation of international networks as well as the internationalization of universities and science.

Scholarship recipients usually come from 55 countries of the world engaging in subjects like law, sciences, music as well as medicine, just to name a few. In 2020 the focus regions will be Central Europe, Southeast Asia, Near East and Western Africa

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation, inspired by Christian democratic values, committed to fostering democracy and the rule of law, to implementing social and market-economic structures and to promoting human rights in Europe and worldwide. After finishing their studies in Germany, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung expects its former scholars to contribute actively to the development of their home country’s relations with the Federal Republic of Germany


Successful applicants will benefit from a scholarship program consisting of financial assistance, personal guidance, a wide seminar program and access to the worldwide KAS-network

  • Graduates (master or postgraduate students) receive a monthly scholarship of € 850 for a standard funding period is two years.
  • PhD-students receive a monthly scholarship of € 1.200 for a standard period of three years.
  • They also fund research stays in Germany for the minimum of three semesters.
  • Recipients also receive a subsidize health care insurance up to the amount of € 120 per month.
  • There is also a family allowance of € 276 provided that you and your spouse live together in one place in Germany for at least three months and that his/her income does not exceed the amount of € 450 per month.
  • There is also a children’s allowance of € 194 per month for children living with you in Germany.


The Scholarship Program normally targets International Students  graduates who have acquired a university degree and who intend to complete postgraduate or master studies, doctoral studies or a research stay of at least three semesters at a university in Germany.

As a genereal eligibility criteria, applicants must:

  • have a university degree, as we do not provide support for bachelor studies,
  • prove above average academic performance,
  • be no older that 30 when applying,
  • have good knowledge of the German language (B2-level),
  • be actively engaged in voluntary work,
  • plan to study a minimum of three semesters at a university in Germany,
  • possess a broad general education and distinct interest in political issues,
  • have a positive attitude towards democracy and human rights,
  • be open to develop their personal points of view and practice tolerance,
  • be highly motivated and able to convince us of their goals in life.


To apply for the scholarship, you are adivesd to follow the following procedure. There are two ways to apply for our scholarship program

  1. In 2020 the focus regions will be Central Europe, Southeast Asia, Near East and Western Africa. Interviews will be conducted in Budapest, Seoul, Amman and a capital city in a West African country.
  2. If you are living in a country or region close to these cities, you may send your written application directly to the responsible KAS office.
  3. In case you are already living or studying in Germany, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship via the domestic selection program using the online procedure

Required Documents:

  • A meaningful CV in tabular form including details about your previous voluntary work or social commitment.
  • Motivation letter.
  • Copies of your examination certificates (German translation if the originals are not in English.)
  • Copies of your studies performance records if you have been studying at a University in Germany.
  • Proof of German language skills (B 2).
  • An informal academic letter of recommendation
  • An informal letter of recommendation
  • Certificate of admission or matriculation from your university in Germany.
  • A photo.

If you are applying for a PhD-Scholarship,you should also include:

  • A detailed description of your doctoral thesis: This exposé, written in German or English (4-5 pages), should outline the central research question of your proposed project, its scientific relevance, your theoretical approach and the motives behind your choice of the research subject. 
  • A second academic letter of recommendation: This second letter should be written by the supervisor of your doctoral thesis, providing you already have one. 

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