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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 granting of 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
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
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.
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.
Federal foundation Rosa Luxemburg
Studienwerk der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
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
Phone: 089 / 1258 0
Fax: 089 / 1258 356
- 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.
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).
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
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.
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
Cusanuswerk - Episcopal study support
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
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.
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
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.