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Contact Person

Head of the Scholarship Organization
Prof. Hans-Peter Niedermeier
Tel.: +49 89 12 58-272
Fax: +49 89 12 58-403

Dr. Michael Czepalla
Tel.: +49 89 12 58-322
Fax: +49 89 12 58-400


Hanns Seidel Foundation
Lazarettstraße 33
80636 Munich | Germany
Tel.: +49 89 1258-0 | Fax: -356


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Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung – In the Service of Democracy, Peace and Development
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Institute for Scholarship Programmes

The aim of the programs for German scholars is to support junior academics with the right personal and academic qualifications who are willing to cooperate constructively and with dedication in forming our liberal state under the rule of law. There are a large number of applicants from which the Scholarship Organization tries to select those students whose outstanding achievements, social political dedication and personal qualities offer the best possible guarantee that the scholarship will be completed successfully.

In 1981, the Hanns Seidel Foundation support for foreign scholars began with 24 scholarships for students from the People’s Republic of China. Since then, assistance has been provided to more than 2.084 scholars from 62 countries. Every year, nearly 100 academics, mostly from the Third World, complete the program for foreign postgraduates, normally with two-year-scholarships.

The stay in the Federal Republic of Germany and the experiences which it entails are intended to enable foreign scholars, after they return home, to play an active part in positions of responsibility in their countries‘ economic, technological, social and political development, and to contribute actively to mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.

In 2012, the Hanns Seidel Foundation awards the following scholarships in Germany:

  • 407 University scholarships
  • 226 Scholarships at Higher Education Establishments (HAW)
  • 76 Scholarships for Journalists (JFS)
  • 63 BIL-/MIG-Programme for students with German diplomas and students with migration background
  • 61 International Studies
  • 189 Scholarships for PhD candidates
  • 1022 Scholarships in Germany
  • 87 Scholarships abroad

The Institute for Scholarship Programmes’ events
The Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Institute for Scholarship Programmes organizes weekend seminars and vacation activities, among other things, for scholars and junior journalists, and also media congresses and expert discussions on media policy.

Former scholars
The close contact that former scholarship recipient have with the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s work is worthy of note. The „Former scholars club“ – founded in 1992 – carries out its own event program with seminars, study trips, etc.

Foreign Scholarships - Scholarships for foreign postgraduates and academics

For the Hanns Seidel Foundation, assisting young and highly qualified foreign academics, especially from Third World countries, is an investment in the future with the aim of enabling the trained experts to play their part in the independent further development of their home countries so as to turn these into politically stable and economically strong partners for the entire world. The intention is to avoid conflicts between developing countries themselves and between developing countries and industrial nations and to play a role in paving the way to a peaceful coexistence of all nations on Earth on a political, economic and social level.

Target group
The targets for foreign scholarships are young (the age limit is 32 years) and highly qualified foreign postgraduates with excellent degrees, good knowledge of the German language and socio-political commitment.

Recruiting of scholarship applicants
The project managers, in cooperation with the Hanns Seidel Foundation's partner organizations, pre-select promising candidates in the respective countries. This means that only applicants directly from the above mentioned projects or their immediate vicinity can be considered. Unfortunately, direct applications to the Hanns Seidel Foundation cannot be considered.

Scholarship duration
The duration of a scholarship is 3 to 12 months. Scholarships are granted for research projects, internships or the final phase of research studies or doctorates. In the case of doctorates, a 6 to 12 month scholarship within the scope of "sandwich programs" is possible.