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Financing your studies and scholarships

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Scholarships and funding

Scholarship agencies for gifted students

In Germany, 13 organisations for the promotion of gifted students are active nationwide. With the help of government grants, scholarships are awarded to students and doctoral candidates. An overview of the requirements and benefits of German scholarship programs can be found at (also available in English)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds university studies with various programs:

The project KISSWIN.DE is the communication platform for young scientists. It provides information on career paths and funding in the German science sector and networking with other scientists. (also available in English)


This is a new guideline issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the promotion of talented individuals during their university studies.
Professionally qualified persons who have demonstrated their particular talents in vocational training and in their occupation can apply for a scholarship to study at a university.
Further information on the BMBF guideline, which came into force on 1 January 2012, can be found at


You can find an overview at (also available in English)


This guide from provides the most important facts and figures on scholarships, as well as information on searching and applying for scholarships.


Scholarship providers

A list of interesting scholarship offers.

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In addition to BAföG, need-oriented educational loans and scholarships from the funding agencies for gifted students, a fourth and strong pillar of student financing was established.

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Financing options (only available in German)

KFW Studienkredite - First and second degree programs (full-time and part-time), doctorate, supplementary studies



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