Global Master Scholarships at Goethe University

Host: Goethe University
Level: Masters Degree
Study in: Germany
Value: 1000 Euros monthly
Course starts: September 2019
Deadline: May-July 2019

Germany scholarships

Goethe University’s Master scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project, and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. If your primary motiva­tion is research, come and join our highly international research community! The purpose of the scholarship is to foster your academic career, to enable you to become involved in existing research projects and to actively support you during your Master’s degree studies. A Master’s degree is the prerequisite for starting a PhD in one of Goethe University’s seminal research units.

Who is eligible?

All students including international and German students.

Field of study

All consecutive Masters Programme offered at the University. See full list here.

Number of scholarships


Scholarship value

Goethe University will provide you, as a scholarship holder, with:

  • A monthly stipend of 1,000 € for the standard period of study in a Master programme at Goethe-University (generally 2 years)
  • Excellent academic supervision by professors and academic staff who work in most cases in the university’s most distinguished research units
  • The option to write your Master’s thesis and other seminar papers or do an internship in their respective research unit
  • Support and orientation by an experienced Master’s student buddy during your studies
  • Access to seminars focusing on professional skills at our Graduate Academy GRADE, normally open only to PhD students and postdocs
  • Innovative research environment and networks to fellow scholarship holders and other advanced researchers
  • Career support through Goethe University’s Research Support Office
  • Insight and involvement in the activities of multidisciplinary research groups at Goethe University

Eligibility criteria

All applicants need to have completed at least two thirds of their bachelor’s degree (or another equivalent or higher degree) at a university outside of Germany.

To qualify for admission to a Master’s programme at Goethe University, you must have already completed a Bachelor’s degree (or another programme at an equivalent level) in a relevant field, and have passed the selection process of the respective programme. Please check which Master degree programme you are interested in and whether you meet the application requirements, such as language skills, academic background, etc.

Attention: Please note that certain Master’s programmes are embedded in research units. If you apply for a Master’s programme you may consider becoming involved in one of the research units (more info in application section).

How to apply

Because the scholarship application is a part of the master’s programme application, you must first start an application for your desired programme. Please click on your desired programme on this page. The column to the farthest right indicates the application procedure for each programme: most programmes require an online application via uni-assist and some require you to apply directly through the responsible department, e.g. GSEFM (see submission rules here). This means you either follow procedure number 1 or number 2 down below, depending on the programme you choose.

1. For programmes that require an online application via uni-assist, the scholarship application is found within the master’s programme application. All required documents for the scholarship application must be submitted online. No hard copies neccessary! All the required documents for the master’s programme application must be submitted online and sent to uni-assist in Berlin as hardcopies.


2. . For programmes that require you to apply directly through their department, you can submit your scholarship application along with your master’s programme application to the department. However, please make sure to inform yourself by visiting the programme’s webpage to know for sure if they have specific instructions for the scholarship application.

Required documents

  • A motivation form (please use the provided template!)
    Please write about your prospective academic study plan and your academic ability. In addition, elaborate on your principle research interests. In case you want to be involved in a research unit, please check if the master’s programme of your choice is affiliated with one or more research units. See list here. If your desired programme is on this list, please inform yourself about the available research unit(s) and mention the one that is most suitable for your research interests in your application. Note that not all programmes are affiliated with a unit, which means involvement with a research unit is unfortunately not always possible.
  • A comprehensive CV
    Please submit it in tabular form (if a CV was already submitted with the master’s programme application, you do not need to hand in another one)
  • Two recommendation forms
    They must be filled out by professors or other academic staff. Please use the provided template for the recommendation forms. Please make sure they are signed by hand and stamped with an official university seal. After they are signed and stamped, the letters of recommendation may be scanned and included in the application material you submit to uni-assist (in case uni-assist is not in charge of your programme please send it to the department; see GU-Master’s portal). It is not necessary for your referee to write a recommendation letter.
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