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HSF offers prestigious scholarships for exceptional young graduates and postgraduates to pursue studies at universities in Germany, acknowledging their outstanding academic achievements. The eligible candidates are carefully pre-selected by HSF Jerusalem. The scholarship funding is provided for a duration ranging from five to 24 months, depending on the project office needs and the respective academic requirements.

Additionally, the Foundation takes great pride in providing support to the official scholarship program of the German federal parliament Bundestag, specifically designed for talented individuals who possess fluency in the German language. This initiative aims to foster educational opportunities and promote cross-cultural exchange between the respective regions.

German Scholarship Program

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The German Scholarship Program, which is based on merit, offers a valuable opportunity for students and young scholars from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, regardless of their field of study. The program aims to provide support studies for academic pursuits or research at renowned universities and higher education institutions in Germany. Participants of this program receive generous funding, personalized mentoring, access to a diverse seminar program, engagement in local activities within university groups, membership in an international network, and various capacity-building trainings to further enhance their skills and capabilities.

Financial support

The funding of the German Scholarship Program consists of:

  • up to 861 € per month for undergraduate and graduate students (fixed allowance for 5-24 months)
  • up to 1,200 € per month for Ph.D. students and young researchers (fixed allowance for 5-24 months)
  • up to 150 € one-off payment
  • the reimbursement of printing expenses (provided certain conditions are met)
  • the full coverage of health insurance in Germany
  • the reimbursement of all major travel expenses to Germany and back to your hometown

How to apply?

Applicants must:

  • hold a high school diploma or university degree with above-average grades (above 3.0 GPA)
  • be of less than 35 years of age
  • be actively engaged in voluntary work
  • show interest in current political and civil society developments
  • support democracy, the rule of law, and human rights
  • have solid German language skills (level A2-B2)
  • be admitted to a German university or higher education institution (for students only)

To apply for the German Scholarship Program, the following documents are required: 

  • brief tabular curriculum vitae 
  • detailed curriculum vitae 
  • proof of German language proficiency: minimum level A2 (in German) for courses of study in English, and minimum level B2 (in German) for courses of study in German 
  • provisional time plan of the academic project 
  • recommendation letter confirming personal suitability and academic performance 
  • for Ph.D. students: letter from a teacher/lecturer confirming the academic supervision of the candidate
  • for students: written proof of enrolment to the German university 
  • for Ph.D. students and researchers: detailed description of the research project
  • other relevant certificates

Please submit all required documents per e-mail to the HSF Jerusalem Office at jerusalem(at) Applications are possible all year round (no deadline). If your application matches HSF’s requirements, you will be contacted for an interview.

In case you are living in Germany, you are welcome to directly apply for an HSF scholarship through the domestic application procedure. For further information concerning domestic applications, please visit the main HSF page (in German).

International Parliamentary Scholarship

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Furthermore, HSF actively supports the esteemed International Parliament Scholarships of the German federal parliament Bundestag. The prestigious program is specially designed for young individuals under the age of 30 who possess a keen interest in politics, hold a university degree, and are committed to actively promoting core democratic values and fostering a vibrant civil society in their respected home countries. The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful political experiences and contribute to the advancement of democratic ideals.

How to apply?

Applicants must:

  • be citizens of one of the participating countries 
  • hold a university degree
  • be of less than 30 years of age
  • have solid German language skills (at least level B2)

For further information, please visit the official Bundestag application sites for Israel (in German) and the Palestinian Territories (in German). Information for applicants from Arab countries can be found here (in English).

Kindly note that the scholarship program is directly offered by the Bundestag and conducted in German. Therefore, good knowledge of the German language is mandatory.