Top German Scholarships for Nigerians


The cost of studying in Germany for Nigerian students is quite high when putting into consideration the exchange rate of the naira to the euro.

Yes of course, we know it’s one if the cheapest and best place to study in the world when compared with other countries, but paying tuition fees as high as £20,000 for most private universities will require most Nigerian students to break the bank, especially if they intend on funding on their own. 

That’s where scholarship grants come in; with the right scholarship, and management, a student study in Germany, and wouldn’t be too bothered about these high costs. Germany is currently encouraging young students and postgraduates of developing countries the chance to study and/or carry out research for free in German universities by applying for any of their numerous grants.

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In 2019 there were over 350000, international students studying in German, and from the look of things, there are more to come. Below is a list of popular scholarship programmes available to international students hoping to study in Germany.

Government Funded Scholarships

There are majorly two government organizations that are currently funding scholarships, and research grants for students, and researchers from other countries. Luckily, students from Nigeria are eligible to most of the scholarship funding programmes they offer.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

In English, this simply means The German Academic Exchange Service. It is a German support organization that offers scholarships for undergraduates, and postgraduates studies at different levels. They also offer research grants to scientists looking for agencies to fund their research programmes.

Though it’s regarded as a private, and self-governing agency, it is funded by the federal government, and are in collaborations with 365 higher institutions in Germany. The agency itself doesn’t own a university, rather it gives grants to be used for study or research in certified German higher institutions of learning.

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Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus programme, sometimes also referred to as “Erasmus+”, is being run by the Education Audiovisual and Cultural  Executive Agency (EACEA), and gets it’s funding from the European commission. The European Union’s programme is aimed at providing funds, and support for educational, training, and sporting activities.

Top Non-government German Scholarships


Well, the scholarships listed below are either completely private sponsored or are funded by a private-public partnership. There are at least a hundred of them, but I’ll only be mentioning some few whose names stick out (the popular ones). 

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) For Developing Countries

This is also funded by the European Commission, with the aim of providing research grants for individuals, and organizations. While targeting potential researchers in third world ad developing countries, the goal is to foster collaborations between European countries, and other parts of the world. It’s available for postgraduate individuals only.

Heinrich Boll Scholarship Foundation

This is a non-governmental organization that provides scholarship grants for undergraduate, and postgraduate studies for international students. Just like DAAD, they don’t own schools, they simply award scholarships to non-German students who have gained admission to study at German universities.

Humboldt Research Fellowship

The Humboldt research programme is hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. It is aimed at supporting young scientists and researchers from all countries with funding to carry out postdoctoral degrees, and qualifications. They collaborate with the George Forster Research Fellowship to provide research grants for researchers from the third world and developing countries. The result of their research should have a significant positive effect on their country’s development.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

This scholarship foundation is focused on international students with university degrees, aspiring to take on masters, and Ph.D. studies in a German university. Though they review their regions of focus every year, the West African region is almost always included (was included more recently in 2020), you should keep an eye for this after completing your bachelor’s degree.

Kurt Hansen Science Scholarships

The Kurt Hansen Scholarship programme is funded by the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. It’s for students that intend on studying educational science courses in German universities. If you are aspiring to become a science teacher someday, this scholarship programme is just right for you. They also support further training of existing science teachers.

Deutschland Stipendium

This scholarship involves a monthly allowance of 300 euros to best-performing students enrolled in German universities. The structure of this scholarship makes it to be given only on merit, regardless of the applicant’s nationality or income status. Applicants can also benefit even if they are already registered in other scholarship programs


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