Heidelberg University Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship in Germany for 2022/2023

The Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship is granted to candidates from Africa (mainly from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa) who are planning a doctorate at Heidelberg University in the fields of Geography with a focus on Geoinformatics or Political Science and who need help with financing their doctorate.

Heidelberg University is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Established in 1386 under the instruction of Pope Urban VI, the university is Germany’s oldest and one of the world’s oldest surviving universities. 

The university was the third university founded in the Holy Roman Empire.

Heidelberg University has been a coeducational institution since 1899. The university consists of twelve faculties and offers degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels in some 100 disciplines.

Heidelberg University includes three major campuses: the humanities are predominantly based in Heidelberg’s Old Town, the natural sciences and medicine in the Neuenheimer Feld quarter, and the social sciences within the inner-city suburb Bergheim. 

However, the language of instruction is usually German, while a considerable number of graduate degrees are offered in English and some in French.

As of 2021, 57 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the city of Heidelberg, and 33 with the university itself. Modern scientific psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychiatric genetics, environmental physics, and modern sociology were introduced as scientific disciplines by the Heidelberg faculty. 

In addition, about 1,000 doctorates are completed every year, with more than one-third of the doctoral students coming from abroad. International students from some 130 countries account for more than 20 percent of the entire student body.

Heidelberg University is a German Excellence University, part of the U15, as well as a founding member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group. 

Furthermore, the university’s noted alumni include eleven domestic and foreign heads of state or heads of government. In international comparison, Heidelberg University occupies top positions in rankings and enjoys high academic prestige.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • The amount of the Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship for doctoral students is 1,200 € per month.
  • The award period is typically 2 semesters. An extension is possible on request and if all requirements are met (academic performance, financial hardship, availability of funds) for a maximum period of 2 semesters.

Requirements for Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship

Candidates can apply for a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are from Africa (primarily from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa).
  • You are planning a doctorate at Heidelberg University in one of the following fields and are in the process of applying for the upcoming winter:
    • Geography with a focus on Geoinformatics
    • Political Science
  • You are among the best in your field.
  • You need help with funding your doctorate.
  • You do not live in Germany, yet (exception: attendance of a language course in Germany to obtain the needed language skills).

Documents Required for Scholarship Application

Applicants should submit the following application documents during the application period:

  • Signed application form
  • Current preformance records 
  • Curriculum vitae in table form
  • Letter of motivation about the topic of the doctorate
  • Proposal (letter of recommendation) for a doctorate from the possible doctoral supervisor (this must be received by the end of the application period)
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Proof confirming your financial situation (money available each month, pay slip of the parents, own wage slips, etc.)

How to Apply for Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship

To apply for Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship, send your application documents as one single pdf document by email to

Do you prefer sending your documents by mail? Then send them to Heidelberg University | Division for Foundations and Assets | Department 8.2: Donor Relations and Guesthouses | Seminarstr. 2 | 69117 Heidelberg. Please note that the receipt stamp date applies.

For more inquiries, visit the Heidelberg University website.

The Application Deadline for the Scholarship is July 15, 2022.

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other Germany Scholarships here

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