Scholarships for Masters Degree Programs at Goethe University Frankfurt,Germany

Goethe University’s Master scholarship programme is a ground­breaking project, and unique in the academic landscape of Germany. For a period of five years (2016-2020) we will be of­fering 20 scholarships per year for various MSc and MA courses with a special emphasis on research. If your primary motiva­tion is research, come and join our highly international research community!

We are seeking outstanding candidates who are interested in joining one of our MA or MSc programmes, which are deeply embedded in our strongest research units (Centers of Excellence, collaborative research centers, and LOEWE CENTERS). Please visit our website for more information on the various Master's degree programmes (content, requirements, language of instruction etc.) supported by Goethe Goes Global

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.


To apply for the scholarship programme you will need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at least two-thirds of which have been completed at a university outside Germany plus a transcript of records

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or other academic staff (signed by hand and officially sealed), stating your excellent or above-average performance (among the top 10% of graduates from your previous degree programme)

  • A letter of motivation outlining a study plan and demonstrating your academic ability as well as your principle research interest

  • Proof of proficiency in German and/or English (depending on the language of instruction of the Master’s course)

  • A comprehensive CV in tabular form

  • To be admitted to one of the selected Master programme (the selection process for both the Master’s programme and the scholarship takes place at the same time)

  • To identify one of the research units which the Master programme of your choice is related to. The respective research unit should match your research interest and be a potential workplace for you in the future (you have to select a single research unit) see: “Master Programmes” or “Research Units” for details on the research units).

  • You can apply for up to three degree programmes. However, you are only allowed to apply for one relevant research unit in connection with your scholarship application

  • After you have completed the first half of the study period, you will have to submit a transcript of records proving your successful performance, in order to receive further funding (for Sinology and History after six months and for the remaining degree programmes after one year)

Your profile

  • Are you well versed in your academic discipline and particularly interested in research?

  • Do you hold or are on track for an excellent or above-average Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a university outside Germany?

  • Are you looking for an interesting Master's programme and are considering a PhD in the long run?

  • Do you want a platform to exchange ideas with other international researchers about the topics you are passionate about?

  • Are you seeking a hands-on experience in research under the supervision of excellent professors in a renowned university with state-of-the art facilities?

  • Do you need a stepping stone to start a successful, international career and funding for your Master's programme?


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 activitie