Scholarship Database

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

Programme Description

The SBW Berlin scholarship programme supports social commitment through the development of social projects during the scholarship recipients’ studies and includes various types of scholarships. The scholarships are only granted for a limited period, usually for the upcoming semester.*

Social Project
Scholarship recipients get involved socially with the start of their studies.

  • For the SBW Berlin scholarship for foreign students: Ideally, these projects are part of the non-profit work of organisations located in the home countries of the foreign scholarship recipients and/or contribute to improving living conditions there.
  • For the SBW Berlin scholarship for refugees: Ideally, these projects are part of the non-profit work of organisations that help other refugees from their home countries. The social project can also be part of SBW Berlin’s work.
  • For the SBW Berlin scholarship for courses in the social field: The projects can either be part of the non-profit work of other organisations or are located at SBW Berlin as their own project. In general, however, they are intended to contribute to improving living conditions around the world.
* Further information can be found in the relevant guidelines of the scholarships and on the SBW Berlin website.

Target Group

Depending on the type of scholarship*
* Further information can be found in the relevant guidelines of the scholarships and on the SBW Berlin website.

Academic Requirements

Depending on the type of scholarship; if the recipient plans to study in Germany, a higher education entrance qualification is required.

Number of Scholarships

The SBW Berlin has a total of 20 scholarship places. However, it should be noted that each semester only as many scholarships can be awarded as there are open places.


Depending on the scholarship type

Scholarship Value

During the funding period, SBW Berlin provides all scholarship recipients with a furnished room in one of its shared student apartments. Tuition fees or monthly support are provided depending on the type of scholarship. Further information can be found in the relevant guidelines of the scholarships.

Termination of the scholarship and repayment obligation
SBW Berlin can terminate the scholarship in the event of

  • Two failed compulsory exams or two postponed examinations
  • Failure to meet the target agreements set for the social/non-profit project
  • Not using any provided funds as intended
  • Remaining in Germany (refers to scholarship for foreign students)
In these cases, a previously discussed repayment agreement and the notarised repayment plan will become effective. Consequently, the scholarships or any monetary benefits previously provided by SBW Berlin must then be repaid in 12 monthly instalments* without interest, 3 months after the end of the funding or the standard period of study.

* Further information can be found in the relevant guidelines of the scholarships and on the SBW Berlin website.

Application Papers

Only through the online SBW Berlin application portal. It should be noted that a letter of recommendation or a motivational statement is required first. Only after carefully reviewing this letter, outstanding applicants will be granted access to the application form.
SBW Berlin does not charge any application or processing fees in connection with the application.

Application Deadline

All year round

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