The scholarship department of RLS Berlin awards scholarships to highly qualified students and postgraduates at home and abroad with a strongly developed social commitment. We aim to compensate for social, political and gender discrimination. Pre­ference is therefore given to applications from women, students from non-academic backgrounds, those with a migration back­ground, the socially needy and people with disabilities who de­monstrate comparable achievements and commitment. Applica­tions are actively encouraged from students and postgraduate students from scientific and technical disciplines and graduates of technical colleges. Please note that RLS Regional Office Ramallah does not award scholarships, please contact directly RLS scholarship department in Berlin for further information.

The selection and sponsorship criteria are as follows:

  • Very good professional qualifications (proof of above-average academic achievement either at school and/or university),
  • Political and social and/or social commitment in keeping with the ideals of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung,
  • Personal/family background.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Scholarship department works on the principle of direct application. Information on grant eligi­bility requirements and application forms for the scholarship pro­grammes can be found on the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s web­site ( on the scholarships page. These documents will not be sent by post.

Deadline for applications

For grants starting in the winter semester: 15 April of the same year

For grants starting in the summer semester: 15 October of the previous year


Lux Like Studium

Lux like Studium is the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s new scholarship programme that supports and accompanies school­children without an academic background in their efforts to gain admission to and complete a degree course. Schoolchildren without an academic background are less likely to begin a degree course and are thus under-represented in universities. The provision of funding from the first semester onwards is intended to facilitate access to institutions of higher education.

Study Scholarships

Funding is available to students from all disciplines and all state-ap­proved institutes of higher education who meet the requirements sets out in §8 of the German Federal Law on Education and Training (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG) (students holding a German passport, and students with a migration background who have prospects for permanent residence in Germany). Limited funding is also available for students from other EU states. The duration of the grant and the amount of funding are based on BAföG regulations. Funding is possible from the second semester.

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 twice for a period of six months in justified cases.

Scholarships for Foreigners

The Scholarship Department awards grants to foreign students and PhD students who are temporarily resident in Germany for study or research purposes.

Application Requirements

  • Undergraduates: Matriculation at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education in Germany. Completion of a BA or undergraduate course.
  • PhD students: Supervision by a university lecturer in Germany.

Study or PhD sponsorship scheme

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Scholarship Department offers their scholarship recipients a wide range of support, consisting of political education events and summer schools, workshops at home and abroad, symposia and educational trips. It also organi­zes practical training, such as   rhetoric, conflict management and other key skills; time management and self-management; the strengthening of scientific qualifications; text and writing workshops; and specific seminars on methodology. Parti­cular importance is given to the self-organization of scholarship recipients and to their working groups. The work of the Scholarship De­partment is assisted by about 130 tutors together with the staff and network of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Director: Dr. Katrin Schäfgen
Phone: +49 30 44310 220
Room: 113

Contact: Katja Voss 
Phone: +49 30 44310 220
Room: 114

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