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HSF offers prestigious scholarships for exceptional 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 outstanding merit, offers a valuable opportunity for students and 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 931 € per month for undergraduate and graduate students (fixed allowance for 5-24 months)
  • up to 1,200 € per month for Ph.D. students and 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 an above-average high school diploma or university degree (with good or very good grades, minimum above 3.0 GPA)
  • be constantly and very actively engaged in voluntary work
  • show great interest in current political and civil society developments
  • support democracy, the rule of law, and human rights
  • have solid German language skills (level B2 at the time of application) that will further improve (level C1 after the first scholarship year)
  • 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 B2 for all courses of study, including study programs in English
  • provisional time plan of the academic project in Germany (for more information, see FAQs)
  • 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 enrollment to the German university (to be submitted latest by the end of the application process)
  • for Ph.D. students and researchers: detailed description of the research project
  • proof of current residency and nationality
  • 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); the selection rounds take place in January and July of each year. If your application matches HSF’s requirements, you will be contacted for an interview.

Good to know

Following all above-mentioned requirements is a necessary condition for any application. Incomplete or incorrect applications cannot be considered, unfortunately. To find out why and what that means, please see HSF's FAQs.

Current pupils who are becoming students count as students, and current students who are becoming Ph.D. students count as Ph.D. students, in terms of application requirements.

If you are living in a country without a national HSF office, please submit your application to the HSF office closest to you.

You can apply for a scholarship at the HSF Jerusalem Office if you are not basically entitled to BAföG. Otherwise, you need to apply through the domestic application procedure.

In case you are living in Germany or if you are a German citizen with German secondary education (Abitur), please 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). For more information on this distinction, see FAQs


40 years of scholarships with HSF. Official video (in German) with Dr. Jutta Möhringer, Head of HSF’s Institute for Scholarship Programs, from 2022. You will find more scholarship videos here.

International Parliamentary Scholarship

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Furthermore, HSF actively supports the esteemed International Parliament Scholarships (IPS) 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 IPS scholarship program is directly offered by the Bundestag and conducted in German. Therefore, good knowledge of the German language is mandatory.

Deutscher Bundestag; Deutscher Bundestag

Introduction video of the Bundestag on IPS from 2018. You will find more scholarship videos here.