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In Germany


National foundations offer scholarships for all students, regardless of which institution they study at. Regional foundations such as the Bosch Foundation sponsor local talent.

FoundationScholarships forContact person
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volks full-time students displaying particular performance, initiative, and responsibility.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Binder
Prof. Dr. Stephan Höfer

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
students who can show above-average grades and involvement in civil society

Prof. Dr. Rolf Daxhammer

Hans-Böckler-Stiftung des deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes
motivated persons who are working in a trade/profession or who cannot afford higher education studies

apply directly to the foundation or contact Sven Bauer

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.


for gifted students with sense of responsibility/initiative for political and societal matters

Prof. Dr. Bodo Herzog
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Beyer


students who have above-average grades and a sense of civic responsibility

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Honnen

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

students with a strong performance in their subject, who believe in liberal economics combined with social and political responsibility

Prof. Dr. Stephan Seiter


academically high-performing students with a Christian social beliefs

Prof. Dr. Jochen Brune

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

female, disadvantaged, or disabled students

apply directly to the foundation

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Students with outstanding grades and socio-political commitment

Prof. Dr. Anna Goeddeke

Cusanuswerk - Bischöfliche Studienförderung

Catholic students of any subject with outstanding academic qualifications and intellectual openness
Prof. Dr. Volker Reichenberger

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

highly gifted Jewish students and doctoral researchers with German citizenship

Prof. Dr. Helmut Nebeling

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst

students with commitment to socio-political or church activities

Prof. Dr. Stephan Seiter
Avicenna Studienwerk
gifted Muslim students of any subject
apply directly to the Studienwerk

The Aufstiegsstipendium for those with work experience is a grant provided by the German government and directed at people who have vocational or professional training, have worked for at least 2 years, and who have shown special talent and dedicati

Who is it for?People with training for a particular trade/ profession and at least 2 years experience of working in it at least 19 hours per week.
Who are the sponsors?The SBB foundation - Stiftung Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung (on behalf of the German Ministry of Education and Research)
How much is it?750 euros per month for full-time studies (plus a supplementary allowance for care of children under 10, where applicable)
2,000 euros annually for studies while still working
When to apply?The current application dates for the online application may be found here.

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