Financing your studies with scholarships

IU Scholarship

We support and develop what makes you stand out!

Please note: We award four 50% scholarships each month to individuals with particularly inspiring backgrounds who are not yet enrolled at IU!

With the IU scholarship, your tuition fees are reduced over the entire duration of your studies. And because we know that each person follows their own unique educational path, we recognise different reasons why we should support you, in particular.

Take your chance and apply for one of our scholarships for people with disabilities or Women in Tech.

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Scholarship for people with disabilities

When living with a health impairment, you master small or big challenges every day in order to realise your dreams. We want to encourage this commitment so that you can also encourage others!
Prerequisite: You can provide evidence of a permanent health impairment.
In addition, you must submit a current certificate/proof of impairment (medical certificate or severely disabled person's ID).

Scholarship for Women in Tech

For STEM women: Are you setting out to conquer male-dominated industries with your tech skills? We are fully behind you – through our Women in Tech Scholarship!
Prerequisite: You apply for one of our Bachelor's or Master's study programmes in the field of IT & Technology.
In addition, you present your motivation for a technical profession in your written motivation letter or your video.

Scholarship for single parents

Completing a degree as a single parent deserves more than recognition: You are not only taking care of your future but also the future of your child. We want to honour this achievement by helping you out financially with our scholarship for single parents. 

Requirements: You are a single parent, have sole or shared custody and your child or children live with you? Then we look forward to receiving your application! 

Scholarship for a fresh start

You want to change tracks professionally or start over completely? You have a lot to gain: education is ageless – even if you don’t qualify for BAföG anymore! To reward your courage, we are giving out scholarships for a fresh start. 

Requirements: Send us a letter telling us why you want to start over, what your goals are and why we should support you. We’re looking forward to hearing your story! 

Germany Scholarship

Application for your Germany Scholarship

Are you committed and like to score highly with good performance? Then apply for a scholarship with Deutschlandstipendium. If you would like to start your studies at IU in a semester following your application, funding through the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship programme is possible, in principle. Even if it is a second, supplementary or Master's degree. The only important point is that you are enrolled as a student at IU during the funding period. For the summer semester 2021, the IU awarded a total of 94 scholarships to students from all study models.

Application period winter semester: 01.06. - 31.07. of the respective year
Application period summer semester: 01.12. - 31.01. of the respective year

Please note that we cannot consider applications outside this period. The start date for the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship programme is always 1 April or 1 October.

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Requirements for Master students
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Your application in 3 steps

  • 1. Submit documents

    Submit your complete application at
    Note: The link is only valid within the application phase. Prior registration is necessary for the application.

  • 2. Approval

    You will be informed by e-mail whether your application was successful. If you are shortlisted, we require certificates and translations by post in officially certified form, if you have not already submitted these at the time of enrolment.

  • 3. Funding

    Funding always begins on 01 April or 01 October.

You want to try us out? Go for it!

We give you time to check at your leisure whether the IU online study programme is right for you: That's why we offer you the chance to try out our entire range of study programmes for four weeks, free of charge and without obligation.

Simply register online for your desired study programme.

Other scholarships

Government and private funding initiatives

Take the chance and apply for the programmes of non-profit organisations that offer scholarships for gifted students or individuals with special needs.

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The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung)
The Hans Böckler Foundation (Hans-Böckler-Stiftung)
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung)
SBB Advancement Scholarship (SBB Aufstiegsstipendium)
SBB Continuing Education Scholarship (SBB Weiterbildungsstipendium)
Foundation of the German economy (sdw)/Förderwerk Klaus Murmann