Who we are

We are the youngest German scholarship organisation recognised by the state. We provide scholarships to highly talented and socially engaged Muslim students and researchers.

Financial Support

The financial support consists of a monthly grant and a fixed sum for study or research expenses. It may also include semesters abroad, conferences, internships and language courses abroad.

Educational Programme

We offer promising and motivated young Muslims suitable spaces and opportunities to develop academically, to engage with their own faith, and to take responsibility through social engagement.


„Avicenna-Studienwerk is a tremendously ambitious and bold effort to allow a generation of outstanding young German Muslims realize their intellectual and creative capacities. I am unaware of any other scholarship program in the Western world that has gathered the same level of resources for such an effort. Combining financial support, ethical formation and mentoring, this program is a model for other nations.“

Professor Ingrid Mattson, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

The Avicenna-Studienwerk


In 2013, the Avicenna-Studienwerk has been recognised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as the 13th official scholarship organisation in Germany. In its Latinised form, the organisation is named after the great and influencial 11th-century scholar Ibn Sina. Avicenna provides scholarships to highly talented and socially engaged young German Muslim students. Through its special educational as well as mentoring programmes, it provides suitable spaces for promising and motivated young Muslims to develop academically and personally. Avicenna creates a platform for future Muslim decision makers and leaders in all spheres of life.

Scholarship Programmes funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The scholarship program is more than just a scholarship, more than just a funding opportunity. Thirteen organizations for the promotion of gifted students, which have joined forces under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), support students and young scientists with exceptional talents.

Students in Germany have many possibilities to choose from and to match their personal interests and their study priorities. There are ideologically neutral organisations as well as others that are more politically associated, denomination-based or run by the unions or employers’ associations. They adopt and represent different views and positions which reflect the plurality of Germany’s democratic society, yet they share the same goal. They are dedicated to promoting the common good and are assuming responsibility for the society in which we live in. They have established common rules and aims in coordination with the BMBF. The motto is ‚Diversity in Unity‘.

In 2014 in an historic ceremony, which also included a reception by the then German President Joachim Gauck, the Avicenna-Studienwerk welcomed its first generation of 65 promising grantees. In 2015, further 80 grantees were accepted into the scholarship programme, which were followed by 120 in 2016 and 2017. By the end of 2019, we reached our aim to have 500 grantees.

International Scholarship Program for Muslim Students and Doctoral Candidates

The new International Scholarship Program (ISP) offered by the Avicenna-Studienwerk is directed at Muslim students and doctoral candidates who want to pursue a degree program (MA) or PhD-thesis at a German university. The program is directed to Muslim students and doctoral candidates from Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey.

Through financial assistance, personal advising and a wide network and seminar program the ISP creates optimal conditions for academic qualification, social commitment and personal development. Aim of the program is to contribute to the development of responsible and qualified Muslim personalities and to prepare them for leading positions in science, society, economy, politics and culture. The call for applications will run from 1st March – 15th April 2024.

Educational Program

The financial and intellectual support of international Muslim students and doctoral candidates aims to make it possible for the grantee to pursue their degree at a German university. Furthermore they are supported to become active and engaged in various areas of civil society and extra-curricular initiatives.

The ISP scholarship recipients join the group of Avicenna-Studienwerk scholarship holders and are included in the full Avicenna program. They will take part in regional group meetings and educational programs such as seminars and study trips.

Financial Support

Financial support for MA-Students

841 €

basic scholarship per month

100 €

supplementary support for health insurance per month

100 €

travel allowance per month

100 €

one-time intitial help

Financial support for doctoral candidates

1190 €

basic scholarship per month

100 €

supplementary support for health insurance per month

100 €

travel allowance per month

100 €

one-time initial help

In addition, the following financial support may be granted under certain conditions:

276 €

family allowance per month

50 €

one-time book allowance

2050 €

printing cost allowance for doctorates

up to 400 €

monthly child allowance for the first child

100 €

for each other child

Application Process

The ISP is designed for students and doctoral candidates with a citizenship of Egypt, Bosnian-Herzegovina or Turkey, who want to pursue a degree program (MA) or PhD-thesis at a German university. An application is independent of age, gender or subject of study (except medicine). Resident educational students can’t be funded through the ISP. Double funding by other programs for the gifted is also excluded.

Application Requirements
Application Documents (to be submitted in German in our application portal)

Additionally for Doctoral Candidates

A short synopsis of your dissertation project (max. 3 pages) with information on

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Call for Applications

Application Time: 01.03. - 15.04.2024

Contact: Mr. Enes Erdogan


Avicenna-Studienwerk e.V.

Avicenna is the latinized name of the great Muslim universal scholar Ibn Sina (980-1037). He is best known for his outstanding work „The Canon of Medicine“ (written in 1013) which was used as a textbook in Europe until the 18th century. Avicenna is considered to have been a bridge builder between the East and the West and is a symbol of scientific excellence.

Avicenna-Studienwerk e.V. is a non-profit organisation recognised by the German state and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and by donations from private individuals and foundations.  
The foundation Mercator has granted support during the foundation period (2013-2018). It continues to support the Avicenna-Studienwerk with funds for the educational programme (2018-2021).

The Avicenna-Studienwerk promotes highly talented and socially committed Muslim students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines registered at state or state-recognized universities in Germany.

The Studienwerk focuses on Muslims as a marginalised community.

However, in some cases – for example, if someone is particularly committed to the interfaith dialogue or has a specific reference to Islam in their studies – persons of other denominations can also apply.

The scholarship consists of an academic programme and a monthly financial grant.

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