Unlike many other countries, Germany offers excellent tuition-free academic education to any individual fulfilling the academic requirements. Traditionally, higher academic education in Germany is virtually free. The Friedrich Schiller University requests minor administrative fee of EUR 230 per semester for enrolling in our program. Furthermore, the students' living expenses can be covered by highly attractive financial scholarships. Applicants for the M.Sc. Photonics program in our School can additionally apply for the following scholarships:
Scholarships from the Abbe School of Photonics
International students wishing to obtain the degree of M.Sc. Photonics at the Abbe School of Photonics can apply for one of our scholarships during the regular application procedure. These scholarships are based on criteria of academic excellence and are granted for 24 months, thus covering the entire two-year Master's degree. We offer scholarships that comprise a stipend of up to EUR 860 per month and additional German language courses. Approximately 12 scholarships are available per year. German students are not eligible for this scholarship scheme. Scholarships can only be awarded to students who are physically in Jena and are studying on-campus, not online.
To apply for one of these scholarships, just mark your interest along with your personal application in our online application system. In addition to your personal data, two letters of recommendation must be presented. A template for these letters can be downloaded here; however, using this template is optional. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters, these should contain a quantitative performance statement of yours, a date, and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.
Scholarships from the Max Planck School of Photonics
Another way to obtain a scholarship for a M.Sc. Photonics degree at the Abbe School of Photonics is via the Max Planck School of Photonics which comprises a German-wide photonics scholarship program. These prestigious and very well funded scholarships are based on criteria of academic excellence and are granted five year alltogether, thus enabling to enter directly into the PhD phase after obtaining the two-year Master's degree. The Max Planck School of Photonics is offering scholarships that comprise a stipend of at least EUR 1,565 per month and additional German language courses. Approximately 6...7 scholarships are available per year. German students are also eligible for this program. To apply, please follow the instructions given at www.photonics.school and mark the Abbe School of Photonics at the University of Jena as your preferred destination.
Germany scholarships (Deutschlandstipendien) for all citizenships
All students who are either
- already in Jena, enrolled in the Master's degree program in Photonics, and have received their first university transcript
- are admitted for studies within the Master's degree program in Photonics for the upcoming academic year
may also apply for a Deutschlandstipendium. You may apply for this kind of scholarship at an early stage of your photonics studies, even from abroad. Awardees with prospects of excellent study results will receive financial support of EUR 300 per month for a duration of at least one year.
CSC Master scholarships for Chinese citizens
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) provides full scholarships for Chinese applicants holding a Bachelor's degree and working at Chinese civil service, non-profit organization or higher vocational school for 12-24 months. These scholarship are fully compatible with a study of Photonics at ASP in Germany. Applicants should be nominated by their Chinese employer. Fresh graduates from Chinese universities may also apply for the CSC scholarship for Master's study which is available for selected areas. Nomination by the home university is also required in this case. There are constantly deadlines all over the academic year to apply for CSC stipends online.
Databases with further scholarship programs
- The Electronic Research Funding Information System (ELFI) is an information brokerage system which supports its users in keeping up-to-date information on funding opportunities referring to the original data source. As a customer-oriented service, ELFI provides information for students, scientists and consultants all over the German-speaking area.
- The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a varity of scholarship programs and databases for studies and research in Germany:
- The International Office (IB) of the University of Jena provides support for foreign students studying in Jena.
- The Global Study Awards offers scholarships for studying abroad.
- The Catholic Academic Exchange Service (KAAD) offers scholarships to students with outstanding social and religious commitment.