Funding for self-organised internships
There are various options for financing or subsidising a placement abroad. In addition to your savings and/or student loan, you can also apply for international student loans (Auslands-BAföG) and various scholarships and travel grants. On the DAAD website you will find a database that you can use to search for funding programmes. Depending on the destination country or subject area, there may be suitable funding available.
Erasmus Internship Scholarships
For an internship of between 2 to 12 months in the 33 countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme, you can apply for a monthly grant from your college/university and also access support services for preparatory activities such as online language courses. Please check with the International Office for the general application deadlines, as these scholarships are administered by the colleges and universities.
Graduates please note: This offer is still applicable to graduates within one year of completing their studies (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, State Examination, Doctorate). The Erasmus funding period lasts for a maximum of 12 months. If you were abroad for five months during your Bachelor's degree, you can still receive seven months of support as a graduate.
Within the framework of the PROMOS programme, the DAAD awards funds to colleges and universities, who distribute them to increase student mobility. This funding primarily supports placements outside of Europe with monthly scholarships. Travel allowances are also available through this scheme. Please contact your International Office for information on application deadlines, funding and target countries.
Funding opportunities offered by Bavarian Higher Education Centres
The Bavarian university centres for South America, China, India, France, Eastern and South Eastern Europe support internships with a one-off mobility grant. You can find more information about the respective centres on the website.
- BAYLAT – Mobility grant for South America
- BAYHOST – Mobility grant for Eastern and South Eastern Europe. On the BAYHOST website you will also find an internship exchange with company offers which you can apply for.
- BayFrance – Mobility grant for research internships with application deadlines of 15 April and 15 November each year. On the website of the Bavarian-French University Centre (BFHZ) you can also find information on funding for internships in France through the Franco-German Youth Office.
- BayIND – Mobility grant for internships with application deadlines of 15 April and 15 September each year. On the BayIND website you will also find an internship exchange with company offers that you can apply to and other funding opportunities for the target country India.
- BayCHINA – Mobility grant for internships with application deadlines of 15 April and 15 September each year. On the BayIND website you will also find an internship exchange with company offers that you can apply to and other funding opportunities for the target country India.
Scholarships with internship placements
Some scholarship programmes not only offer funding, but also arrange the internship.
This DAAD programme offers funding to Bachelor students from the fields of biology, physics, engineering, geosciences, medicine and pharmacy and related disciplines, as well as a place for a research internship at institutes worldwide. If you want to take part, you must register in the programme database. In November/December you will be able see all the available vacancies and apply for a maximum of three positions by mid-December. The research internships take place during the lecture-free period in summer. RISE internships in Canada are awarded in cooperation with the Canadian organisation Mitacs. Here, the application deadlines run from July to September, because the internships sometimes start as early as May. In addition to a unique experience abroad, RISE also gives you access to the international science network.
Applications are open to students and graduates of all academic disciplines who deal with international topics in their studies. Programme line A supports applicants who apply independently for internships in international organisations at EU institutions and selected non-governmental organisations. Programme line B allows you to apply directly for internships advertised on the project website. The internships on offer are always published in mid-December.
Die IAESTE has been arranging remunerated internships worldwide since 1948 for students from the following disciplines:
- Natural Sciences
- Engineering Sciences
- Agriculture and Forestry
Local living costs are covered by the payment. In addition, the local IAESTE committee of the host country will take care of your accommodation and social support at no additional cost to you. For internships outside the EU, you can also get a travel allowance from the DAAD.
varranges paid internships in the areas of 'Marketing & Sales, Teaching, Administration, Information Technology and Engineering'. While you must observe application deadlines for the travel allowance offered by DAAD for this programme, you can contact AIESEC at any time about the internship placement itself.
Vulcanus in Japan
The Vulcanus programme
is open to natural sciences or engineering students who are in their fourth year of study or higher. Depending on your degree course, this usually means that you must have completed at least the first year of your Master's degree.
The New Kibbutz
This programme has been running since 2015 and is sponsored by the Israeli State General Consulate for Southern Germany, the federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. The participants of this programme will be given the opportunity to work in a highly innovative business location. Internships will be available in an Israeli companies or start-ups in the high-tech, IT or life sciences sectors for 2 - 6 months. From the 4th month onwards, there is a subsidy payment available for your stay. Bavarian students can apply to the Bavarian Youth Association (Bayerischer Jugendring) for funding to cover travel costs. For internships starting in August, the application deadline is in May of the same year and for internships starting in January, the deadline is in October of the previous year. You can find out more on the page of the German-Israeli Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Deutsch-Israelischen Industrie- und Handelskammer). Taiwan Summer Institute Programme
This short scholarship programme
is aimed at graduates (including Bachelor's students) in natural sciences and engineering and it offers an introductory seminar in Taiwan, excursions to the areas of interest in the country and an approx. seven-week internship at university or research institutes, occasionally also in industry.