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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Objective

This scholarship programme offers you the opportunity to continue your education in Germany with a postgraduate or continuing course of study. The scholarships also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you have gained a first university degree in the field of the Performing Arts at the latest by the time you commence your scholarship-supported study programme.

What can be funded?

In this study programme, you can complete

  • a Master's degree course/postgraduate degree course leading to a final qualification at a state or state-recognised German university of your choice,
    or
  • complementary course without degree (not an undergraduate course) at a state or state-recognised German university of your choice. This can be either a study year in Germany as part of your study programme at your home university or an independent project or complementary study course with a professor/an instructor in Germany. The connection to a university in the fields of art in Germany is mandatory and needs to be verified with the confirmation of supervision.
Funding for a Master's degree programme/a postgraduate degree programme that has already started in Germany cannot be granted.

If you are enrolled in a Master or postgraduate degree programme which includes a study period abroad, funding for this period abroad is usually only possible under the following conditions:
  • The study visit is essential for achievement of the scholarship objective,
  • the visit does not take place in the home country,
  • and it is no longer than a quarter of the scholarship period. Longer periods cannot be funded, even partially.

Please note:
This programme only funds projects in the artistic field of the Performing Arts (Drama, Theatre Directing/Theatre Dramaturgy, Musicals, Performance Studies, Dance, Choreography). Other DAAD scholarship programmes are available for applicants from the fields of Theatre and Dance Studies or for artists with a scientific project.

Duration of the funding

Master's degree/Postgraduate degree course:

  • Between 10 and 24 months depending on the length of the chosen study programme or project
  • Start: usually from 1st October of the following year (depending on the start of your study programme), or earlier if a German language course is taken prior to the study programme
  • The scholarships are awarded for the duration of the standard period of study for the chosen study programme (up to a maximum of 24 months). Please state the entire period for which you wish to apply for funding in your application. If you are planning a 2-year degree programme, you must indicate two years as the desired scholarship duration in your application. After the first year of study, your academic achievements will be assessed. If this shows that you will successfully complete your programme within a reasonable period of time, the scholarship will continue as planned.
Complementary studies not leading to a final qualification:
  • One academic year. This can be either a study year in Germany as part of your study programme at your home university or an independent project or complementary study course with a professor/an instructor in Germany.
  • Start: usually from 1st October of the following year, or earlier if a German language course is taken prior to the study programme

Value

  • A monthly payment of 934 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 (please read the important scholarship information / section D, point 9)
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family. Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / section F, point 3.
  • In case of a disability or chronic illness: on application, a subsidy may be provided for justified additional costs, incurred in Germany due to the disability, that are necessary to realise the project in Germany and that are not covered by a third party; whether and to what extent a subsidy will be paid will be reviewed and determined on an individual basis (see important information for scholarship applicants, section F, point 8)
  • Green Mobility Top Up (Support for climate-friendly travel) or reimbursement of carbon offset payments for air travel

To enable scholarship holders to learn German in preparation for their stay in the country, DAAD offers the following services:
  • Payment of course fees for an online language course after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • if necessary: German language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the study visit in Germany; the DAAD decides whether to fund participation and for how long depending on German language skills and project. Participation in a German language course is compulsory if the language of instruction or working language is German at the German host institution.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the scholarship period
  • Reimbursement of the fee for a TestDaF or DSH test, which you can take either in your home country after you have received your Letter of Award or in Germany during your funding period.

Please note that the DAAD does not cover tuition fees.

Selection

After you have uploaded your application documents to the DAAD portal, the DAAD will first carry out a formal check. It will be checked whether the application requirements have been met and whether the application is complete. If this is the case, you will be asked to submit your work samples.
A special DAAD committee made up of professors/instructors from German art, music and film schools is responsible for the final decision about scholarships in the fields of Acting/Drama, Theatre Direction/Theatre Dramaturgy, Musical, Performance Studies, Dance and Choreography. The decision is based upon the written application and work samples which have to be submitted (details about the work samples: www.daad.de/extrainfo).

Selection criteria

  • the artistic qualification and artistic maturity, measured by study achievements and work samples
  • the quality of the project as measured by the study plan and the letter of motivation

In addition, the selection committee will give due consideration to aspects of equal opportunities, on which you can provide information in the application form.
For further information on the selection procedure, please refer to the Important Scholarship Information / Section E.

Further information

Confirmation of a scholarship does not automatically guarantee admission to one of the universities. The respective university decides whether or not to offer scholarship holders a place. In most cases, applicants are required to take an entrance examination.
Please inform yourself about admission requirements and application deadlines and interview dates at your chosen university, and bear in mind that these may be several months before the planned start of your studies or even before the DAAD awards the scholarship.
We cannot cover the costs of the entrance examination. A Scholarship Award Letter from the DAAD is only valid if you have been admitted to study at the host university named in your application.

What requirements must be met?

Please check if the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • As a rule, your university degree should not date back more than 6 years at the time of the application deadline. Please read our important information for scholarship applicants / Section A, point 2.
  • Prerequisite for the funding is a full-time and attendance study. Extra-occupational or part-time study programmes and study programmes with a predominant share of e-learning can not be taken into account.
  • Your application cannot be considered, if you have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline.

Language skills

When you submit your application, you must provide proof of your current proficiency in the language of instruction (German, English, or German and English) in your chosen study programmes.
Language certificates may not be older than two years.
Applicants should have the 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.
Please also read our important information for scholarship applicants / Section A, point 9 and Section D, point 5 for further information on possible language certificates.

Application deadline

Application deadlines are updated at least once a year. In most cases, they are in the same period as the previous year. You can find the current dates here:

14.10.2024
Selection in February/March 2025 for funding starting from October 2025

Application documents

The application is submitted in two steps:
1. submission of the application documents
2. submission of work samples

1. Submission of the application documents
The application documents are submitted online via 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.

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. The DAAD reserves the right to request certified copies of the documents.

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

Master's degree programme/postgraduate study programme leading to a final qualification:
  • Form "Information about your preferred master programmes". Please upload the provided form even if you only have one university of choice or you already received the admission letter from your host university.
  • If available: Letter of acceptance from the host university. If you have not yet received notification of admission at the time of application, you must submit this before the funding period 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.
Complementary studies not leading to a final qualification:
  • Confirmation of supervision from a German university teacher if you undertake an independent project or complementary study course with a professor/an instructor in Germany.
  • If you are planning to spend time studying in Germany as part of a second or Master's degree programme in your home country, you must submit proof that credits acquired in Germany will be recognised by your home university.
Also for all applicants:
  • A current Transcript of Records with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the scholarship-supported study programme begins if studies have not been completed at the time of application.
  • Proof of German language proficiency according to the European Framework of References for Languages or the Test-DaF for study programmes in German. The language certificate should be no more than two years old.
  • Proof of English language proficiency according to the requirements of the chosen study programme in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS). The language certificate should be no more than two years old.
  • Form “List of work samples” with details about your work (title, date of performance/date of creation, place of the performance etc.), that you want to upload at a later point in the process (please upload this under “work samples”). Please do not upload full videos, work samples or other visual material to the DAAD portal at this point. You will receive the link to the DAAD media database after the formal check of your documents.
    If you want to inform yourself beforehand about the formalities of the work samples, you can find further information on the info page www.daad.de/extrainfo.
  • A declaration that the works of art have been produced or created by you or the names of those persons involved in producing collaborative pieces of work. In the case of collaborative work or projects, the applicant's own contribution must be marked as such or appropriately described. Please also upload this document under “Work samples”.
  • Other documents which support your application (e.g. certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.)

2. Submitting work samples to the DAAD media database:
If the review of your scholarship application shows that it meets the criteria of the scholarship announcement and is complete, you will receive a link to upload your work samples to the DAAD media database during December. When you receive the link, please upload the work samples to the media database by the deadline mentioned and follow the instructions provided. (daad.extrainfo.de).
Please do not upload any work samples and/or portfolios to the DAAD portal!
For formal requirements, read: "Additional Information for DAAD Study Scholarships in the Field of Performing Arts".

All application documents listed under 1. and 2. must be submitted in German or English. Documents in other languages must be translated.

Application location

Online via the DAAD Portal and the DAAD Media Database

Please note

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see Item 1) and to the DAAD media database (see Item 2).
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. (CET or CEST) on the last application day.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. You are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Your personal data 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

DAAD Lektoren:
Jacqueline Dyballa
St. Kliment Ohridski University Sofia
E-Mail: Email

Dr. Maximilian Döhner
Technische Universität Sofia
Fakultät für dt. Ingenieur- und Betriebswirtschaftsausbildung (FDIBA)
Kliment Ochridski Blvd. 8
E-Mail: Email

Christian Haas
Universität Hll. Kyrill und Method
Institut für Germanistik
Teodossi Tarnovski 2
5003 Veliko Tarnovo
E-Mail: Email

More detailed information

General information on the application via DAAD portal

Applications for this scholarship programme are possible in the period June until the stated application deadline.
Click on 'Application portal' at the bottom of the page to go to the DAAD portal. There you will be provided with an online application form to 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. Applying online in the DAAD portal (|Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the 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 application online.

3. Submitting work samples to the DAAD media database:
If the review of your scholarship application shows that it meets the criteria of the scholarship announcement and is complete, you will receive a link to upload your work samples to the DAAD media database by 16 November at the latest. When you receive the link, please upload the work samples to the Media Database by 30 November CET at the latest.
Please do not upload any work samples and/or portfolios to the DAAD portal!

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 portal@daad.de via e-mail.
Please consider possible processing times of your request when you are planning your application.

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