[Germany] Scholarship for M. Sc. Optics and Photonics

M. Sc. Optics and Photonics

KSOP Masters Education. We believe that a Ph.D. graduate school is unlikely to be successful without the background / infrastructure and the “funneling / filtering” through a corresponding associated, interdisciplinary coordinated masters program, aiming at attracting excellent students from abroad.

36 students per year can be admitted to our masters program. The best students of the masters program are supported by the KSOP Scholarship Program. Access to the KSOP masters education is granted via an application procedure.

A study plan is developed for each individual masters student (corresponding to his/her educational background) when entering the KSOP.

The M.Sc. course is divided into four stages providing the students with the necessary prerequisites (Stage I: Introduction), to give them a solid background on the most important topics within the wide and diverse field of Optics and Photonics (Stage II: Core Subjects) and let them acquire specialized knowledge (Stage III: Specialization) to be able to competently perform a six-month research project on a current topic of research (masters thesis). In addition, an 8-weeks industrial internship is scheduled between stages 2 and 3.


The KSOP scholarship amounts to 800 Euro/month for international students and 400 Euro/month for German students. Part of the scholarship is a research assistantship. Within the scope of this assistantship, you will have the opportunity to work on a research project in one of the KSOP institutes.

The scholarship is first admitted for 12 months. At the end you have to proof your successful participation in the KSOP M.Sc. Program through very good study results in order to extend the scholarship for another 12 months.
Guideline for Scholarship Application

Step 1 - Fill out the KSOP scholarship application form
You can apply for a scholarship at the KSOP Office after having applied for the program M.Sc. in Optics & Photonics. Please fill out the KSOP Scholarship application form. The application deadline for the upcoming winter semester is July 15 each year.

Please note that you have to send your scholarship documents seperately from your application to the student office, the KSOP Office or the international student office respectively.

You will receive feedback from the KSOP Office on your scholarship application after July 15.

Step 2 - Submit your application
You are required to include the following documents in your application:

  • KSOP scholarship application form
  • a certified copy of your qualification for university entrance (e.g. Abitur, High School Diploma, Bac.)
  • a certified copy of your Bachelor degree (if the Bachelor degree is not yet available at the closing date for applications but will be completed before the registration, candidates can apply with a preliminary transcript of records)
  • your CV
  • proof of English language profiency: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum of 570 pb, 260 points cb and 88 points ibt or IELTS (International English Languag Testing System) band with a minium of 6.5
  • proof of extra-curricular activities
  • one or better two recommendations
  • Statement of purpose

Please send the complete application preferrably via e-mail or alternatively via postal mail to:
Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), Universität Karlsruhe (TH)Schlossplatz 19 76131 Karlsruhe

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