Scholarships

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There are more than 2.000 different funding networks that support students financially.

On this page we have compiled information on a number of relevant talent promotion organizations,foundations and scholarships for you.

The study support through foundations does not only include financial support: Often also course and academy offers, advice, support for special projects and the admission into networks of institutions, other scholarship holders and alumni are part of it.

The range of courses of study supported is oriented on BAföG. For this reason, second and part-time courses of study are usually not funded. The amount of financial support is usually up to 735 € per month.

Other than BAföG, some of the scholarships are independent of your income and that of your parents. You can only be supported by one scholarship at a time.

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Begabtenförderungswerke in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in particular is engaged in the area of study and doctoral support. Several foundations are affiliated to it. Information on requirements, application and funding can be obtained directly there.

Further scholarships and funding opportunities can be found on the internet, e.g. at:

Party-related foundations

  • Voluntary and sociopolitical commitment, good university grades
  • German nationality or status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG, in some cases also foreign nationals (up to the age of 30)
  • Maximum age when support commences: 35
  • Possible for students who fled (refugees)
  • At least 4 semesters regular eligibility period remaining on acceptance
  • Support abroad possible
  • Separate programme for young journalists
  • Personal expert report
  • Expert report by university lecturer
  • Support for undergraduate, doctoral programmes and habilitation

Further information: www.kas.de

  • Applications before start of studies up to third semester of full academic study (non- German nationals: up to first semester of full academic study)
  • Proven willingness to assume responsibility and active identification with goals of foundation
  • Outstanding achievements and social commitment
  • Students with migrant background and from non-academic families
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral programmes
  • EU foreign nationals and under certain circumstances non-EU foreign nationals (B2 or DSH- 2 required)
  • Possible for students who fled (refugees)

Further information: www.boell.de

  • Support for national and foreign students and doctoral students.
  • High level of achievement in their field
  • Highly developed social commitment
  • Where candidates are equally qualified, preference given to women, socially disadvantaged people and people with disabilities
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral degrees
  • Support from second semester, support of master programme from first semester
  • Applications by 30 April or 15 October

Further information: www.rosalux.de

  • Sociopolitical commitment, personal ambition
  • Evidence of outstanding achievements
  • Students with a migrant background, from families with limited financial means (parents’ income is considered)
  • Foreign, dual, second or part-time degrees not eligible for support or only in final stage of study
  • Basic and doctoral support for German nationals and German-educated foreign nationals (Section 8 BAföG) and foreign students with evidence of good German language skills

Further information: www.fes.de

  • Sociopolitical commitment based on liberal beliefs
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral programmes
  • From the first semester of full academic study (applications by school leavers with Abitur university entrance qualification)
  • Support not available in final stages of study
  • For German and German-educated foreign students (Section 8 BAföG), under some circumstances also for other foreign students; no upper age limit

Further information: www.fnst.de

  • Sociopolitical commitment or involvement in the Church
  • Outstanding academic achievements
  • German nationality or German-educated foreign students (Section 8 BAföG)
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral degrees; age limit 32
  • Special journalistic scholarship programme
  • Special programme for “Geistes-, Sozial- Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften”

Further information: www.hss.de

Religious-related foundations

  • Membership of Protestant church (otherwise special application)
  • German nationality, otherwise member- or accession country of EU, Switzerland or status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG
  • evidence of good German language skills (DSH, TestDaf)
  • Ability to study and professionally qualified (expert report)
  • Proven church, social or political commitment (expert report)
  • Master’s programmes alone not eligible for support
  • Student not after the third semester at time of selection
  • Doctoral scholarships for outstanding students
  • Only undergraduate studies
  • From beginning of application process, four semesters remaining to the end of the regular study period
  • Special application for applicants over 35 years of age
  • Dual degree courses, part-time or distance programmes not eligible for support

Further information: www.evstudienwerk.de

  • Support possible from first semester
  • Separate processes for university, university of applied sciences (FH), art academies, etc.
  • Awarded in winter semester (start of support)
  • Catholic
  • German, German-educated foreign students (Bildungsinländer) and EU citizens (Section 8 BAföG)
  • From beginning of application process, five semesters remaining to the end of the regular study period (including four semesters for Master’s where applicable).
  • Applications and nominations possible
  • Support for doctoral projects possible
  • Support not available for various graduate or second degree courses after completion of Diplom, Magister, Master’s degree, state examination, or doctorate

Further information: www.cusanuswerk.de

University-related foundations

  • Awards to students in emergency situations (migrant background, illness, residence problems)
  • Focus of support on final stage of studies
  • Speculative applications from individual students not possible
  • Application at the Studierendenwerk Essen-Duisburg
  • Not dependent on income, 300 € per month for at least one year; follow-up application possible
  • Awarded in winter semester; support possible from first semester
  • Support for excellent students; achievement is primary criterion for awards (grade average: “good”); doctoral projects not eligible for support
  • Support for German and foreign students, students with a migrant background, single parents, students from non-academic families
  • Please note application deadline (May/June) on the homepage!

Further information: www.unidue.de/de/marketing/deutschlandstipendium.php

Miscellaneous

  • Support possible from start of studies
  • Achievements at the university in the upper third, social commitment
  • Upper age limit 32, at least another 5 full semesters of study remaining (incl. Master’s)
  • German nationals or status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG,
  • International Students: good German language skills, bachelor’s degree or basic studies
  • For undergraduate and doctoral degrees
  • Support for students with migrant background
  • Special programme for trainee teachers (Studienkolleg preparatory course)
  • Applications through liaison lecturer

Further information: www.sdw.org

  • Union or sociopolitical commitment
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral programmes
  • From beginning of application process, three semesters remaining to the end of the regular study period
  • Support possible from start of studies; not available in final stages of study
  • German nationality or status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG
  • Postal applications through union; non-members apply through scholarship group or university liaison lecturer (nomination), February/September

Further information: www.boeckler.de

Scholarship provided by SBB - Stiftung Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung

  • Support for first academic degree at a state or state-approved higher education institution (full-time or work-based)
  • Eligibility criteria: vocational or professional development training completed; no higher education qualification; evidence of particular suitability in training or profession (e.g. grades or justified proposal by employer); two years’ vocational experience after completion of training at time of application
  • Applications possible up to end of second semester of study
  • Support as a lump sum, independent of the income
  • Online applications; selection procedure in several stages

Further information: www.aufstiegsstipendium.de

Support for gifted and talented pupils and students (upper age limit on application: 30) from low-income families.

Further information: www.begabtenfoerderungswerk.de

  • Nominations and direct applications + selection test;
  • Outstanding achievements, initiative and responsibility
  • German students and students from EU Member States and foreign students with the status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG

Further information: www.studienstiftung.de

  • German national or status in accordance with Section 8 BAföG
  • Main focus of support on Jewish students (although non-Jewish students may also apply in certain cases)
  • Support for undergraduate and doctoral programmes
  • From beginning of application process, five semesters remaining to the end of the regular study period (including four semesters for Master’s where applicable).

Further information: www.eles-studienwerk.de

  • Support for ethnic German repatriates (spouses if entering country together) and
  • People entitled to asylum (Artikel 16 a Grundgesetz (Asyl) and § 25 Absatz 1 Aufenthaltsgesetz)
  • Refugees of the Geneva Convention (§ 25 Absatz 2 Aufenthaltsgesetz in combination with § 3.1 oder § 4.1 Asylverfahrensgesetz)

Further information: www.obs-ev.de

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Bereichsleiter soziale und psychologische Beratung
Harald
 
Kaßen
Advisor and Head of Advisory Services
+49 201 82010-610
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Harald Kaßen

Advisor and Head of Advisory Services
+49 201 82010-610
Reckhammerweg 1
45141 Essen

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Marina
 
Hambach
Advisor
+49 201 82010-613
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Marina Hambach

Advisor
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45141 Essen

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Berater soziale und psychologische Beratung
Dietrich
 
Battke
Advisor
+49 201 82010-611
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Berater soziale und psychologische Beratung

Dietrich Battke

Advisor
+49 201 82010-611
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