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Scholarship Programmes

The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) provides scholarships for young professionals who have expressed interest to pursue further training in Germany, in fields related to the Foundation's project activities in the country.  The eligible candidates are preselected by HSF’s Philippine office.  The funding is granted for a period of five months up to a maximum of two years, depending on the project planned to be undertaken.

Scholarship programmes enrich studies – and not just financially. More than 1,000 fellows receive a scholarship from the Institute for Scholarship Programmes.  These scholarships consist of both conceptual and financial support. The aim is to contribute to the education of personally and academically qualified young academics and to reward outstanding scholarly achievements in doctoral programmes.  Conceptual support here means participating in courses aimed at enabling fellows to critically and constructively contribute to the development of the democratic rule of law.  Their political, professional, social and personal skills are primed and are expected to serve as broader foundations for their future leadership capabilities.  Those receiving a scholarship are chosen by a selection committee based on the combination of personality, performance and social engagement.

Financial Support

  • Graduates

The sum of 850.– EUR per month is given to graduates whose completed degree is equivalent to the German intermediate diploma or the bachelor’s degree.

  • Post-Graduates

The sum of 1200.– EUR per month is given to doctoral candidates, scientists holding a doctorate, university graduates whose degree is recognised as equal to a German degree, who go to Germany for research purposes.

Other forms of financial support include travel expenses, one-off payments and printing costs and may be provided depending on the budget available to HSF.

Application Requirement

The applicant (less than 32 years of age) must:

  • hold a university degree with an outstanding academic record;
  • have verified competence and experience in the field of independent research work;
  • have proven socio-political commitment;
  • have proven good knowledge of the German language;

The application documents must include:
A completed Hanns Seidel Foundation scholarship application form and all supporting documents, as:

  • certificates;
  • letters of recommendation;
  • expert opinions;
  • written proof of admission to a university in Germany;
  • detailed description of the research project or further special training;
  • letter from a university teacher confirming his/her supervision of the applicant;
  • project timeline.