Scholarship Department

The Scholarship Department of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung awards financial grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and doctoral students from Germany and abroad who evidence high levels of social and political engagement. In granting scholarships, the Stiftung seeks to counteract the social, political and gender discrimination prevalent in our society, and therefore gives preference to applications from women, students of non-academic and migrant backgrounds, the socially needy, and people with disabilities who demonstrate comparable achievements and commitment. Applications from undergraduate and doctoral students from scientific and technical disciplines are actively encouraged, as well as from graduates of technical colleges.

Selection and sponsorship criteria include:
  • High scholarly and professional qualifications (proof of above-average academic achievement at school and/or university)
  • Political and social engagement in line with the aims of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
  • German language proficiency (B2 level or above)
  • Personal/family background

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung's Scholarship Department operates according to the principle of direct application. Information on eligibility requirements and application forms for the scholarship can be found on the applications page. These documents cannot be sent by post.

Deadlines for Applications

1 April
for grants beginning in the winter semester (1 October) of the same year

1 October
for grants beginning in the summer semester (1 April) of the next year

Scholarships for MA and doctoral students from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco and Iraq
Lux Like Studium (only for German students and a portion of international students meeting special criteria as specified in § 8 of the BAföG regulations)

Lux like Studium is the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s new scholarship programme designed to support and accompany school students from non-academic backgrounds in gaining admission to and completing a university degree. Students without an academic background are significantly less likely to apply to university, and are thus underrepresented on German campuses. In response, Lux like Studium provides financial support from the first semester onwards as a way to facilitate access to institutions of higher education.

Study Scholarships  (only for German students and a portion international students, which fullfill special criteria as specified in § 8 of the BAföG regulations)

Funding is available to BA and MA students from all disciplines and all state-approved institutions of higher education who meet the requirements sets out in §8 of the German Federal Law on Education and Training (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG), namely students holding a German passport and immigrants with prospects of residing in Germany permanently. Limited funding is also available for students from other EU member states. The duration of the grant and the amount of funding provided are based on BAföG regulations. Scholarships can be awarded beginning from the second semester of studies.

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PhD Scholarships

The Scholarship Department awards grants to domestic and foreign PhD students from all disciplines (except medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine). As a rule, funding lasts for two years; this may be extended for a period of six months no more than two times in justified cases. 

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International Scholarships

The Scholarship Department also awards grants to foreign students (MA only) and PhD students who are temporarily residing in Germany for study or research purposes.


  • German language proficiency (B2 level or above)
  • MA Students must be enrolled at a state or state-recognized German university
  • PhD students must be accepted at a German university

Additional Support for Scholarship Holders

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung's Scholarship Department offers scholarship holders a wide range of support, consisting of political education events and summer schools, workshops conducted both domestically as well as abroad, symposia and educational trips. It also organizes practical training in fields such as rhetoric, conflict management and other key skills, time management and self-management, bolstering academic qualifications, text and writing workshops, and specific seminars on methodology. Particular importance is given to scholarship holders’ self-organization and their working groups. The work of the Scholarship Department is assisted by roughly 130 academic liaisons together with the staff and networks of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

For further information, please visit the German website or contact the scholarship department:

Tel.: + 49 30 44310-223

Office hours for applicants:
Tuesday: 10:00-12:00 
Thursday: 14:00-16:00