Programme Description

The Heinrich Böll Foundation, which maintains close ties with the German Green Party, awards scholarships for German and international doctoral candidates from any discipline. Candidates are tomorrow's experts and leaders. They come from any country and approve of green values. They are prepared to take responsibility and advocate the green Foundation's ideals in an international context: the concepts of sustainability, self-determination, equal opportunities and justice as well as the encouragement of human rights and the promotion of a democratic culture.

Beyond the financial support, the programme offers non-material support such as specialist meetings, workshops or networking events, which aim at fostering personal growth, promoting interdisciplinary qualification as well as key skills development.

Target Group

particularly gifted German and international doctoral candidates from any discipline completing promising doctoral dissertations at a German higher education institution showing excellent promise for future academic and professional careers. Moreover, applicants show civic engagement in line with the values of green policy.

Academic Requirements

admission to post-graduate studies at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany

Number of Scholarships

Each year about 180 scholarships for doctoral candidates are awarded.


The standard funding period is 2 years; in addition, application for renewal is possible for up to 12 months.

Scholarship Value

Please find information on the current funding here.

Application Papers

Application forms and further information on the application procedure are available here.

Application Deadline

1 March and 1 September of each year

Please select your status and your country of origin in order to be able to submit an application.

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