Finding Scholarships

Welcome to our scholarship database!
Here you will find information about our DAAD scholarship programmes for international students and researchers as well as offers from other selected funding organisations.

Please also take note of our important scholarship information.
Please note:
The usage of the application portal is possible only to a limited extent with mobile devices. Please use your desktop computer. Technical requirements

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The aim of the scholarship is to enable Chinese students to become acquainted with the German university and research landscape and help them establish contact to potential supervisors for subsequent doctoral degrees.

Who can apply?

Chinese graduates from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

What can be funded?

A research visit as part of the Master's thesis at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institute.

Duration of the funding

1-3 months (maximum of 90 days)


  • Monthly scholarship payments of 934 euros
  • Currently valid travel allowance
  • Medical, accident and personal liability insurance

What requirements must be met?

  • Enrolment in a full-time Master degree course. Before the scholarship starts, applicants must have completed the second semester of their Master degree course.
  • Applicants must be able to prove they have completed a Bachelor degree at a Chinese university (xueshi). As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the time of application.
  • Application documents must be accompanied by a reference from the Chinese professor and written confirmation that the applicant has academic supervision in Germany with explicit reference to the applicant's planned undertaking. The letter confirming supervision should also indicate whether the supervisor intends to supervise the candidate as a doctoral student if he/she successfully completes his/her Master's degree. An appropriate form is available for this purpose.
  • Apart from previous academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing work and study plan for the visit to Germany, which has been coordinated with an academic advisor at the chosen host institute in Germany. It should also describe future academic and professional plans.
  • Applicants who are already in Germany cannot be considered. Students who have spent a mandatory period in Germany as part of their Master degree programme (e.g. double degree programmes) or who take part in an exchange programme at a German partner university for a year are also not eligible for funding.

Language skills

The applicant is required to be sufficiently proficient in German or English to be able carry out his/her project. Language skills have to be proven by TestDaF, DSH II or IELTS (5.5), TOEFL iBT (80) or TEM (8) certificates.

Application deadline


Application documents

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD's Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!

1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Extensive and detailed description of the study or research proposal and a description of previous study or research work which may be of particular relevance to the decision.
  • Letter confirming supervision
  • A precise schedule which has been coordinated with the host institute
  • Officially certified copies of all university certificates for all annual examinations (with all individual grades)
  • Language certificate; this should indicate the level of German/English language skills at the time of application
2. To be submitted by post:
  • One recent reference from a relevant professor which provides information about your academic qualifications. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.
  • All certificates must accompanied by an explanation of grading systems. Copies of certificates must be officially certified and if possible presented in DIN A4 or DIN A5 format. It suffices if a stamp or signature from one of the following instances testifies that the copy is a true copy of the original document: embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, German school or university that issued the original document. The correctness of the translations must be confirmed. Original certificates are only required upon enrolment in Germany.

The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD Portal.
Please note that the access to the application portal only appears while the current application period is running. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this programme is not available until the next application period.

Application location

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Branch Office Beijing
DRC Building D1, 1102A
19 Dongfang Donglu,
Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing, VR China
Tel.: +86 010/6590 6656
Fax.: +86 (10)/6590-6393

Please note

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal on time.
  • For submitting references by post, the postmark date serves as proof that they have been dispatched on time.
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. (CET or CEST) on the last application day.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act and with the EU Data Protection Regulation insofar as this data is needed to process the application.

Information and advisory centres

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Branch Office Beijing
DRC Building D1, 1102A
19 Dongfang Donglu,
Chaoyang District
100600 Beijing, VR China
Tel.: +86 010/6590 6656
Fax.: +86 (10)/6590-6393

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section "Request reference" after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask him/her to complete the form and to write a freely formulated reference (as described in the form). The reference must be returned to you in a sealed envelope, or alternatively it can be sent directly to the DAAD. Provide your referee with the application address (see tab “Application procedure” under “Application address”) so that he/she can send their reference directly to the DAAD.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.
The reference is confidential and may not be viewed by the applicant!

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the other application documents to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
References must be sent in the unopened envelope to the application location (see tab ‘Application procedure’).

Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. 'Application documents for scholarship (contains no commercial goods, no merchandise or insurable value)'.

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact via e-mail.
Please consider possible processing times of your request when you are planning your application.

Please also take note of our important scholarship information.