Unlike many other countries in the world, Germany offers excellent tuition-free university education to any individual fulfilling the academic requirements. In other words, higher academic education in Germany is virtually free. The Friedrich Schiller University requests a minor administrative fee of 240 Euro per semester for enrolling in our program. However, we offer a range of highly attractive financial scholarships to help cover our students' living expenses. 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 860 Euro 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.button_apply_now

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 offers a Germany-wide photonics scholarship program. Its prestigious and well-funded scholarships are based on criteria of academic excellence and are granted for a period of 5 years, thus enabling our students 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 1,565 Euro per month and additional German language courses. Up to 7 scholarships are available per year. German students are also eligible for this program. To apply, please follow the instructions given at 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 300 Euro 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 for the Chinese civil service, non-profit organizations or higher vocational schools for 12-24 months. These scholarships are fully compatible with studies in Photonics at the ASP in Germany. Applicants should be nominated by their Chinese employer.  Graduates of Chinese universities may also apply for the CSC scholarship for a Master's degree, which is available for selected areas of study. A recommendation by your home university is also required in this case. Deadlines for applications for CSC stipends are set throughout the academic year.

For more information on CSC applications, please visit the CSC website and contact the ASP administration team.

Databases with further scholarship programs