Scholarships & Finances

Scholarships & Finances

This page is designed to give you more information on the tuition fees, available scholarships, and educational grants.

Germany often has a reputation for being a somewhat cheap place to study. This is mainly because of the very low tuition fees compared to most other popular study destinations. However, this is not the full story and before you apply for MAP you should consider very carefully the financial costs of carrying out a Master’s programme in Germany. In addition to general fixed expenses such as living costs or study materials, foreign students have to face costs for travel, fees for visa applications and translations and so on. There are various websites which give information for prospective students regarding the cost of studying in Germany. E.g. the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the website Studying in Germany give a good overview. Furthermore, you should ask any friends or former colleagues who are studying here about what costs you can expect to face.

Since Winter Semester 2013/14, tuition fees have been abolished in the Free State of Bavaria. Consequently, the only fees to pay amount to a 118 Euros per semester contribution to the student union. All university facilities can be used by students free of charge. Exams and administrative procedures are free of charge as well. Language courses, special events (excursions) and university leisure facilities may incur a charge.

MAP Scholarship

A very limited number of scholarships are awarded by the MAP programme for the duration of one year on a competitive basis with regards to several different criteria such as study performance and need. If you would like to apply for one of the scholarships, please indicate this on your personal electronic application form. In addition, you need to write a short motivation letter, elaborating why you apply for the scholarship. The application deadline for the MAP scholarship is 31 March.

SFB 1411 Equal Opportunity Fellowship for new MAP students (Winter Semester 2020/21)

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1411 – “Design of Particulate Products” invites applications for an Equal Opportunity Fellowship. Eligible are female applicants to the MAP programme, that have been admitted for start in Winter Semester 2020/21.

The curriculum of MAP offers an ideal foundation for research in the subject areas of the CRC 1411. The fellowship explicitly aims to support excellent female students with an interest in these research topics. Holders will be able to establish close contacts with the involved projects and researchers of the CRC and to get to know the scientific topics in detail. Subject to suitability of the fellowship holder and if both parties are in agreement, the SFB will recruit the holder on completion of the Master’s programme into the doctoral programme of the CRC.

The following support is offered by the fellowship:

  • Financial support: 800 Euro/month over 12 months, starting with the start of the winter semester 2020/21
  • The fellowship holder will also receive for the entire duration of the Master’s programme (4 semesters):
    • Student associate membership in the Integrated Research Training School Particle Science and Technology (iRTG-ParSciTech) of the CRC and, with this, full access to all training offers and funding measures provided by the programme
    • Admission to all training offers and support measures provided by the equal opportunity programme
    • Scientific mentoring by two professors (analogous to the doctoral students of the CRC)
    • Priority offers of miniprojects or master thesis topics relating to the research fields of CRC 1411
    • Participation in all (semi-annual) CRC status meetings including board and lodging
    • Prospects for a doctoral position within the Collaborative Research Centre, subject to motivation and scientific performance

The fellowship holder is expected to

  • Participate in the CRC status meetings and programme offers of the Research Training Group
  • Conduct at least one practical project (miniproject or master thesis) in a research group involved in the CRC
  • Contribute to PR measures (reports / articles for websites, participation in information events on MAP and CRC)

Application process:

  • Eligible are excellent female applicants for a Master’s degree in “Advanced Materials and Processes (MAP)” for the start in WS2020/21.
  • The selection interview for the fellowship will take place during the regular interview of the admissions committee for the MAP programme.
  • Based on the recommendation of the MAP Admissions Committee, the SFB 1411 Equal Opportunities Officer will select the fellowship holder.
  • The following criteria are used to select the fellowship holder:
    • Scientific excellence (as demonstrated by academic grades in the respective Bachelor’s programme)
    • Additional relevant qualifications and activities (conference attendance, additional studies, publications)
    • CRC 1411-specific expertise and motivation (theoretical or practical knowledge in particle synthesis, chromatography, characterisation of nanomaterials or relevant simulation methods)
    • Required financial support to be able to participate in the MAP programme

The successful applicant will be issued with a letter of confirmation for presentation at the German embassy / consulate during the visa application process (if required). This letter will be made available to the applicant electronically. If necessary, the MAP office can send this letter directly to the relevant embassy / consulate, quoting the visa processing number of the fellowship holder.


Since we are not able to fund all our students and since the competition is fierce, we highly recommend that you also look for other external funding possibilities. Amongst others, the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a broad variety of information regarding this matter. In addition, the scholarship programme BAYHOST offers one-year scholarships sponsored by the Free State of Bavaria for prospective students from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Prospective MAP students from these countries starting in autumn 2020 can apply for BAYHOST scholarships until 1st December 2019.

Students can apply for support in order to attend external events (language classes, workshops, conferences etc.) which supplement the programme’s academic and professional training programme.