There are many Scholarship Funds in Germany and support programs for students and graduates – even more. A short “guide” for the main sources of information on the Internet.

The first sources of information for those, who are just in beginning of the search for a scholarship to study at a German university, are sites who are offering a general list of funds, working with students. These sources include the internet portal of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the site of the Association funds to support gifted students (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Begabtenförderungswerke), as well as the Federal Union of German funds (Bundesverband deutscher Stiftungen). An extensive database of scholarships is available on the website

The first steps of individual search

These sites list all the organizations that provide financial assistance to students with a variety of specialties. Adapted search system allows you to search specifically suitable scholarship for applicant. For example, typing in the query string the specialty, academic status, nationality and other data, you can get a list of programs and grants corresponding to the individual needs of the future scholar. All of these programs are accompanied by a brief description and a list of requirements for potential bidders to participate.

Here future applicants can ask their questions and get more information about the terms of the scholarship programs, as well as what documents are required to apply for a scholarship, available at the web sites of specific funds and organizations.

For students of all specialties

As for the scholarship fund in Germany, there are several especially large ones that assist students with any specialties. These include:

  1. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),
  2. Foundation Alexander von Humboldt (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung),
  3. Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung),
  4. Foundation named after Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz (Gottlieb Daimler- und Karl Benz-Stiftung),
  5. Hanns Seidel Foundation name (Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung),
  6. Heinrich Böll Foundation (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung),
  7. Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung),
  8. Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung),
  9. Foundation named after Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung),
  10. Catholic Academic Assistance Service for foreigners (KAAD) and others.
  11. Programs for individual specialties.

Along with the above fund, which provides scholarships for students of all specialties, there are also organizations that provide financial assistance to students only of certain faculties.
Among them:

  1. Foundation named after Alfred Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach, (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung), which provides financial support to students of pedagogy, medicine, cultural studies, literature and sports.
  2. Karl Duisberg Foundation (Dr. Carl Duisberg-Stiftung) provides assistance only to foreign students of the faculty of natural sciences and medical students.

About the author: Heila Woodson is a blogger. Now she works as a trainer in one of the biggest universities in Germany.

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