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Foundations for the promotion of outstanding students

This overview is a compilation of interesting scholarship offers and is not exhaustive.


The Democratic Scholarship from ABSOLVENTA e.V. supports individuals and covers costs up to a total amount of 5000 Euros  fördert Einzelpersonen und übernimmt Kosten im Rahmen des Studiums bis zu einer Gesamthöhe von 5000 Euro. 


For more than 50 years, the ASA-Programm has been supporting people who are interested in global relationships, want to get involved and make a difference. The ASA program stands for joint learning, global thinking and social responsibility.


The Avicenna-Studienwerk is the youngest of the 13 German scholarship bodies recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). By awarding scholarships, the Avicenna-Studienwerk promotes talented and socially committed Muslim students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines.


The Cusanuswerk is one of the eleven development agencies for talented students in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is an institution of the Catholic Church and grants state subsidies.

It provides scholarships to particularly gifted Catholic students of all disciplines during their studies and doctorates. On the one hand, it supports its scholarship holders through a financial scholarship and on the other hand in the form of an extensive educational program.

It would like to encourage its scholarship holders in their willingness to assume responsibility and enable them to initiate dialogs between science and faith, society and the church.


The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service) is Germany's most comprehensive scholarship program. The DAAD displays its scholarship database on the internet.

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

The Evangelische Studienwerk is the foundation of the Protestant Churches in Germany for the promotion of talented students. We support students and doctoral candidates from all disciplines at traditional universities and universities of applied sciences, in Germany as well as from Western and Eastern Europe.
In addition to the scholarship, individual support is also important: competent advice, study abroad, internships and career guidance as well as educational opportunities.


The new EXIST EXIST-Gründerstipendium (Founder's Scholarship) continues the successful sponsorship by EXIST-SEED. It supports founders from universities and non-university research institutions who wish to turn their founding idea into a business plan.



The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany. Since its foundation in 1925, the FES has supported socially committed, talented students and doctoral candidates with scholarships in the sense of social democracy. They must have: a commitment to society, idealistic attachment to the values of social democracy and good to very good performance. Contributing to greater equity in education is an important goal of the FES; therefore, first-time academics, women and young people with an immigration background are given special consideration in the selection process. In addition to financial support, the FES offers its scholarship holders an extensive range of seminars, scholarship-based co-determination, a mentoring program and worldwide networking with 20,000 alumni. Applications are possible online.


The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to contribute to promoting the principle of freedom in human dignity in all areas of society, both in the united Germany and together with its partners abroad.

The foundation puts its trust in scholarship holders and believes they will not only be successful in their fields of study, but will also  play a responsible role in shaping the ideological support through their personal commitment.

Fulbright Kommission

The German-American Fulbright Program implements the visionary idea of Senator Fulbright: Promoting mutual understanding between the USA and Germany through academic and cultural exchange.

The special feature of the German-American Fulbright Program is the student exchange. This core program is complemented by fellowship programs for doctoral researchers, PhD students and foreign language assistants, as well as advanced training seminars for university administrators and regional experts.


The foundation of the CSU-related Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung has made it its task to contribute to the education of personally and scientifically highly qualified young academics by providing idealistic and financial support.

The target group is made up of students and doctoral candidates who achieve above-average academic achievements and at the same time are committed to social policy. Participation in the social sector, in open or denominational youth work, in student organizations as well as in the political party environment is recognized as such.


Equal educational opportunities for all: The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung awards scholarships for studies and doctorates. It promotes second-chance education. It supports vocational orientation and the transition into the profession.


The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung supports students and graduates of all disciplines and nationalities, in traditional universities and universities of applied sciences in all federal states. It expects its scholarship holders to show outstanding academic and scientific achievements, social commitment and active involvement with the foundation's fundamental values: ecology, non-violence, solidarity and democracy.


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supports peace, freedom and justice both nationally and internationally through political education. The foundation supports talented young people, not only from Germany, but also from Central and Eastern Europe as well as from developing countries, both materially and ideally. It maintains close contact with former scholarship holders - now more than 8,800.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung 

Since 1999, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) has been awarding scholarships to German and foreign students and doctoral candidates who complete their studies or doctoral projects in Germany.

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is a political education institution and is close to the party DIE LINKE - formerly die Linke.PDS. Its aim is to contribute to the democratisation of political decision-making, social justice and solidarity and to the overcoming of patriarchal, ethnic and national oppression.

Since the beginning of the funding program in 1999, the Studienwerk der RLS has supported almost 900 scholarship holders from Germany and abroad. Almost 400 students and doctoral students are currently receiving funding. Approximately 120 new scholarship holders are accepted each year, including about 25 doctoral students.

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft - Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann

Under the slogan "We support young talent", the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft  is committed to providing forward-looking educational opportunities for ambitious schoolchildren and particularly high-performing students and doctoral candidates.

Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

With more than 8,000 scholarship holders, the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes is Germany's largest and oldest foundation for the promotion of talented students. It is politically, religiously and ideologically independent. The foundation promotes young researchers for science, business, public administration and the arts. Through its funding program, it conveys scientific expertise, interdisciplinary dialogue, cosmopolitanism and international experiences.