Fact sheet
Kiel scholarships for foreign students

The City of Kiel awards six scholarships to foreign students at the universities in Kiel. The scholarships are awarded to students from one of Kiel’s twin and sister cities (Aarhus, Antakya, Brest, Cherson, Coventry, Gdynia, Kaliningrad, Moshi Rural, Samsun, San Francisco, Sovetsk, Tallinn and Vaasa).


The scholarships serve to maintain the close, friendly relationships with the twin/sister cities and to promote talented foreign students in order to raise interest in scientific work. 

When awarding the “Kiel Scholarships”, efforts should be made to ensure that the applicants' areas of scientific work are related in some way to the City of Kiel (e.g. marine sciences, history or the focal areas of the respective universities). 

The City of Kiel hopes aims to provide guidance to the scholars during their stay in Kiel and to engange them in cultural and socio-political activities.

Eligible students

Foreign students in all subject areas are eligible for promotion starting from the third semester and beyond.


Candidates applying for a degree programme in German must have sufficient knowledge of the German language (language skills at level B1 at least).

Students applying for a degree programme in English are required to demonstrate very good English language skills at level B2. 

The student’s need for financial support must be conducted by their home country. The receipt of double financial support, e.g., in combination with another scholarship, is not allowed.

Type of funding

The municipal scholarships are based on the rates of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and currently amount to €934 per month for young researchers. Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period 10 months, from 1 October in a given year to 31 July of the following year. Extensions are generally not possible. The scholarships are intended to be used for living costs. If so desired, a place in student accommodation can be applied for. Meals at reduced prices are served in the lunch hall. The travel costs are borne by the scholar him/herself.


Applications must be submitted to the Rector’s office at the home university. Applications should include: a justification and a summary of the research project in Kiel, two expert statements in German or English, a language certificate and a passport photo.

The proposed institutions in the countries mentioned above recommend, if possible, three applicants by February of a given year. This recommendation is then submitted to the International Offices at Kiel University (CAU), Kiel University of Applied Sciences (FH) and the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. The universities, along with one representative from the City of Kiel and one from the student body, then make a final decision on the exchange student.

Scholars of a ten-month study should arrive in good time before the start of lectures to prepare for their degree programme in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Number of scholarships and amount

NumberUniversityFunding amount/month
4Scholarships at Kiel University (CAU)
934 Euro
1Scholarships at Kiel University of Applied Sciences (FH)
934 Euro
1Scholarships at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design
934 Euro


  • Kiel University (CAU) 
    International Center 
    Westring 400, 24118 Kiel 

  • Kiel University of Applied Sciences (FH) 
    International Office 
    Sokratesplatz 4, 24149 Kiel 

  • Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design 
    Office for International Relations 
    Legienstraße 35, 24103 Kiel 

  • City of Kiel 
    Department for Education, Youth, and Creative City - Division for Science 
    Fleethörn 9, 24103 Kiel