Scholarships are a good way of funding your studies, and they do not need to be paid back. But there are specific requirements for every scholarship and the application process for a scholarship may be challenging.
Always check with the university you wish to apply to see which scholarships they recommend, or if they provide any funding themselves. It is also helpful to search specifically for scholarships that fit within your field of studies.
To find scholarships, check out the following scholarship databases:
DAAD Scholarship Overview provides information on everything related to scholarships
DAAD Stipendium Datenbank is the best place to look for scholarships and funding
Stiftungssuche provides an overview of the different German foundations and the funding opportunities they offer (in German)
Begabtenförderungswerke is a group of organizations which provide financial support for ‘bright minds’
Find a Masters contains all information related to studying a Master program in Germany, including public and private funding available
You can also look into the requirements for BaföG as a way to finance your studies. In any case, make sure to read about the requirements and the application procedure thoroughly and apply only if you meet the criteria. For more info on how to prepare your application, read our article here.