Hans Böckler Foundation: PhD scholarship at German institutions of higher education

DAAD, Germany invites application for DAAD Study Scholarships from eligible and interested international candidates.

About- DAAD scholarships offer graduates the opportunity to continue their education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. The scholarships also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. DAAD Scholarships

Location- Germany

Scholarship Area: Fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film 

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Eligibility/Qualification–Foreign applicants who have gained a first university degree in the fields of Fine Art, Design, Visual Communication and Film at the latest by the time they commence their scholarship-supported study programme.

  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline , are not eligible.

Language skills

Applicants in the fields of Fine Art, Film, Design, Visual Communication and Film should have a knowledge of the language of instruction which corresponds to the requirements of the chosen university at the latest by the time they start their scholarship. If you do not yet have the language skills required by the university at the time of your application, your application should indicate the extent to which you are in a position to reach the required level. After you have been awarded a scholarship, take advantage of the funding opportunities described under “Value”.

Job/Position Description- 

In this study programme, you can complete

  • a Master’s degree course/postgraduate degree course leading to a final qualification, or
  • a complementary course without degree (not an undergraduate course)

at a state or state-recognised German university of your choice. This programme only funds projects in the artistic and creative area.

Value –

  • A monthly payment of 861 euros
  • Travel allowance
  • One-off study allowance
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover

Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family

Duration of the funding: Between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study program.

How to Apply-  The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. The access to the DAAD portal generally opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline at the latest.

You are also required to send 1 copy of the “Application summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, by post to the application address.

Application documents

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal.

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Statement about academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany (letter of motivation; 1 – 3 pages)

Master’s degree/postgraduate study programme leading to a final qualification:

  • Form “Information about your preferred master programmes”
  • If available: Letter of acceptance from the host university.
    If you do not have a letter of acceptance at the time of application, you must apply to the university for this in good time and subsequently submit the confirmation letter before the scholarship-supported study programme begins. Please note that you yourself are responsible for ensuring that you apply for admission at the host university by the due date and that a Scholarship Award Letter from the DAAD only becomes valid if you are admitted to your chosen host university.


A special DAAD committee made up of professors from German art, design and film schools makes the final decision about scholarships in the fields of Fine Art, Film, Design, Visual Communication and Film. The decision is based upon written applications and work samples which have to be submitted (see: www.daad.de/extrainfo).

Confirmation of a scholarship does not automatically guarantee admission to one of the universities.

Last Date for Apply– November 30, 2020

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