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Hanseatic Scholarships

The Hanseatic Scholarships are open to members of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to promote closer Anglo-German links within a European context.

Award information

The scholarships, which were established by the Hamburg-based Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS to reciprocate the Rhodes Scholarships to the University of Oxford from Germany, may be held at any academic institution in Germany, and are tenable for one or two years.

The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level; give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree; or obtain a German degree.

Award details

Duration:One or two years
Value:The current value of the scholarship is approximately €15,000 per annum, although travel expenses will also be covered
Number:Two awards

Eligibility

Nationality:All nationalities, however preference will be given to those who have not already enjoyed an extended period of schooling or education in a German-speaking country
Fee status:Home/EU and Overseas
Level of study:Graduate and undergraduate (final year) 
Year of study:Graduates of all years. Undergraduates in their final year of study
Subject:All subjects
College:All colleges
Other criteria:The scholarship is open to members of either the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

Candidates will normally be expected to show a reasonable proficiency in the use of the German language, but further funding may be available to candidates who do not have a good knowledge of German to enable them to attend a language course in Germany at the beginning of their stay.

Other information

The scholarship is not tenable concurrently with any other travelling award, and it should be noted that the scholarship does not include payment of any University of Oxford or Cambridge fees for which the scholar may be liable while in Germany. Candidates who hold UK Research Council studentships may however apply for suspension of their awards and suspension of status to enable them to take up the scholarship if selected.

Candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • the excellence of their academic career and performance to date (in the case of current undergraduates one would normally expect a predicted First)
  • the coherence, interest and feasibility of their project or proposed programme of study and their qualifications for that programme; and, for candidates embarked on a research degree, their likely contribution to the subject
  • the value of a stay at a German university for their career plans and/or research project.

The combined Board hope to be able to award at least one of the German Scholarships (Michael Foster or Hanseatic) to an undergraduate in their final year provided someone of sufficient calibre puts themselves forward.

How to apply

The next application cycle is due to open in October 2016.