Alternativen ©Detlev Müller

Alternativen ©Detlev Müller

In individual cases, it may also be possible to finance studies through foundations and organisations for the advancement of gifted students. Some of the foundations may make the funding dependent on denominational or political affiliation, others on academic performance or social commitment.

The most important nationwide organisations for the promotion of gifted young people and foundations


Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Akademiestraße 6
09599 Freiberg

Phone: 03731 / 39 2583

The Deutschlandstipendium is intended to support particularly talented university entrants and students whose careers promise outstanding academic and professional achievements. When selecting scholarship holders, special successes, work experience, social commitment and special personal or family circumstances are taken into account in addition to performance at school or during their studies.


Studienwerk der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin

Phone: 030 / 285 34 400
Phone office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, 10:00-13:00

Fax: 030 / 285 34 409

The Heinrich Böll Foundation supports students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines and nationalities in universities as well as in universities of applied sciences. The Foundation expects outstanding academic and scientific achievements, socio-political commitment and an active engagement with the fundamental values of the Foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice.

German Academic Scholarship Foundation

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.

Ahrstraße 41
53175 Bonn

Phone: 0228 / 82096 0
Fax: 0228 / 82096 103

Promotion of German students at scientific and artistic universities, including stays abroad and doctorates; students and high school graduates cannot apply themselves, but must be proposed by their lecturers or teachers (dates of proposals: for high school graduates by 15 July of the year, for students at art and music universities by 1 November, all others at any time).

Friedrich-Ebert Foundation e.V.


Abteilung Studienförderung

Godesberger Allee 149
53170 Bonn

Phone: 0228 / 883 9225

Promotion of German students and students from developing countries, first degree and doctorate, participation in the seminars of the foundation desired.

Federal foundation Rosa Luxemburg

Studienwerk der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Franz-Mehring-Platz 1
10243 Berlin

Telefon:  030 / 44310 223

The foundation awards scholarships to students and doctoral candidates who are committed to social justice, living democracy and freedom of critical thinking.

Hanns-Seidel Foundation e.V.

Hans Seidel Stiftung

Institut für Begabtenförderung

Lazarettstr. 33
80636 München

Phone: 089 / 1258 0
Fax: 089 / 1258 356

Application deadlines

    • students at universities and universities of applied sciences: 31 May and 30 November
    • doctoral students: 15 January and 15 July

    Konrad-Adenauer Foundation e.V.

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

    Rathausallee 12
    53757 St. Augustin

    Phone: 02241 / 246 0
    Fax: 02241 / 246 2508

    Promotion of German and foreign students and graduates, seminar programme accompanying the studies for interdisciplinary exchange of ideas (dates: 15 January, 15 July).

    Hans-Böckler Foundation


    Hans-Böckler-Straße 39
    40476 Düsseldorf

    Phone: 0211 / 7778 0
    Fax 0211 / 7778 120

    Co-determination, research and study support organisation of the DGB, especially for students in second chance education.

    Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz Foundation

    Daimler und Benz Stiftung


    Dr.-Karl-Benz-Platz 2
    65826 Ladenburg

    Phone: 06203 / 10 92 0
    Fax: 06203 / 10 92 5

    Funding of research activities abroad, all areas, prerequisite is an own research project, age limit at 30 years (date 1 October).

    Otto Benecke Foundation e.V.

    Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V.

    Kennedyallee 105-107
    53175 Bonn

    Phone: 0228 / 8163 0
    Fax: 0228 / 8163 300

    Promotion for integration into the society of the Federal Republic of Germany, promotion and school as well as language training for late repatriates, asylum seekers and contingent refugees.

    German Sports Aid Foundation

    Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe

    Otto-Fleck-Schneise 8
    60528 Frankfurt am Main

    Phone: 069 / 67803 0
    Fax: 069 / 676568

    Promotion of top athletes, prerequisite is membership in one of the competitive squads A, B or C.

    Cusanuswerk - Episcopal study support

    Cusanuswerk e.V.


    Baumschulallee 5
    53115 Bonn

    Phone: 0228 / 98384 0
    Fax: 0228 / 98384 99

    Promotion of Catholic students of all disciplines (date 1 October).

    Protestant Study Association Villigst

    Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V.

    Iserlohner Straße 25
    58239 Schwerte

    Phone: 02304 / 755 196
    Fax: 02304 / 755 250

    Promotion of Protestant students, interdisciplinary context expected (dates: 1 March, 1 September).

    Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Study Association

    Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk e. V.

    Postfach 210320
    10503 Berlin

    According to the guidelines of the BMBF, the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Study Association supports particularly talented Jewish students and doctoral candidates with German citizenship, citizenship of an EU member state or the status of a foreign national with educational qualifications within the meaning of §8 BAföG for their education at state and state-recognised universities.

    Foundation of the German Economy (sdw)

    Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw) gGmbH

    Spreeufer 5
    10178 Berlin

    Phone: 030 / 20 33 15 40
    Fax: 030 / 20 33 15 55

    The sdw supports around 1000 students and doctoral candidates from all faculties and types of higher education institutions. In addition, it offers a special support programme for committed student teachers. Active participation in the respective support programme is expected.

    Foundation for the Promotion of Talented Professionals in Vocational Education and Training

    Stiftung Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung

    Aufstiegsstipendium: Stipendium des Bundes

    Phone: 0228 / 62931 43

    The promotion scholarship supports experienced professionals in the execution of their first university studies (Bachelor or Diploma). Prerequisite: At least two years of professional experience after vocational training and a special professional performance which can be proven, among other things, by the training grade or an employer's recommendation. The application takes place online before the beginning of the studies, as an exception for already students also up to the 2nd semester.

    Your contact person

    Boeck, Diana
    Sozialberatung & Härtefonds des DSW e.V.
    Phone:  03731 383202 03731 383202
    Fax: 03731 383102
    Büro Sozialberatung (1. OG), Petersstraße 5, 09599 Freiberg
    ODER Beratungscenter (EG), Wohnhaus 3, Am Schwanenteich 8, 09648 MW
    Consultation hours

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