Scholarships

The Friends’ Association grants two scholarships to cover half of the tuition fee of the M.A. Human Rights. New students can apply for these scholarships after having been admitted. Interested students will be asked to write an application essay (1–3 pages) on a given topic.

Students with excellent marks can apply for support through the FAU Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium). One to two of these scholarships are often reserved for students in the M.A. Human Rights programme. The deadline for applications is usually mid-July. New students can only apply if they have been admitted before that date. This option is only possible if an application was submitted in full before the end of April.

Additionally, several foundations in Germany provide young talents with scholarships (Begabtenförderungswerke). In addition to good grades, successful candidates have to demonstrate outstanding social, political, or cultural commitment. These foundations are linked to a diverse range of philosophical, denominational, political, and business or trade union-related traditions in Germany. When considering an application, interested students ought to carefully research the right fit for them. All available scholarships can be found in a database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Examples of political foundations that offer scholarships, including for international students, are the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

Students at risk of being denied the right to education or other human rights in their country of origin may also be eligible for funding through the Hilde Domin Programme. Candidates cannot apply themselves but must be nominated by the M.A. programme. Therefore, suitable candidates should contact our programme coordinator to inquire about this possibility.

Denominational foundations include Avicenna, which supports talented and socially engaged Muslim students, Cusanuswerk is the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk supports gifted Jewish students, and ES Villigst supports students of the protestant faith. Villigst also offers special scholarships for students with a refugee status of any religious denomination.

Please bear in mind that you will have to find your way through the offers, and you will have to apply with every organization/foundation separately. Many scholarships have application deadlines of appr. one year before the intended beginning of studies. We recommend that you read the application criteria carefully to pre-assess your eligibility and suitability. Please remember that the selection process for scholarships is highly competitive. Many of the foundations also expect German language skills or a (demonstrated) willingness to learn German, because they typically offer extracurricular activities for which German is a precondition.

Students who have already been admitted to the M.A. Human Rights can approach our programme coordinator Ines Kalam (ines.kalam@fau.de) for advice on scholarship applications. Promising scholarship candidates will be provided with a reference letter.