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European Scholarship Programme - You and Europe

European Scholarship Programme - You and Europe

The European Scholarship Programme is aimed at European students wishing to complete a master’s degree in Germany. “Europe” in this case is to be understood in its geographical entirety and thus independent of membership in the European Union. The objective of the programme is to promote European understanding while preserving cultural diversity. Specifically, the programme seeks to promote international dialogue on European issues and create a network of outstanding, socially engaged students who are committed to European cohesion. Through dialogue, exchanges and lasting connections between scholarship holders, the programme also endeavours to strengthen tolerance, respect and understanding as well as acceptance of opposing beliefs and cultural diversity. The programme was developed by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. and will be financed cooperatively by both partners.

For the winter semester 2024/25, the programme was open to students from the following countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Programme description

13 or 14 scholarships will be granted each year from the 2024/25 academic year, so from the second funding year onwards there will typically be 27 students studying in Germany at any given time. The scholarship holders may be citizens of any of Europe’s 46 countries, including non-EU member states and also Israel. One student per cohort may be selected from each country for the European Scholarship Programme; students from EU countries and EU accession countries may also be granted funding under the Studienstiftung’s general sponsorship programme. Funding is granted for the standard duration of a master’s degree programme, i.e. usually for two years. The programme is available to students of all disciplines and for binational degree programmes at universities and universities of applied sciences. It is not available to students at colleges of art and music or those at universities of applied sciences pursuing studies in the visual and performing arts, design, film or music.

Students funded under the programme are to be encouraged to address subjects of pan-European relevance alongside their studies – through meetings and exchangeswithin this heterogeneous group of young Europeans, but also by participating in events on European issues organised by the Studienstiftung. Designed to promote academic and cultural diversity, the programme seeks to produce a creative space in which participants work together to help shape the future of Europe and its cohesion.

You can find a FAQ on the programme here.


Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. | Judith von Cube

Dr. Judith von Cube Head of Scholarships Programmes Head of Communication

+49 40 33 402 - 70cube@toepfer-stiftung.de