What scholarships are available ?
There are many foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany that award scholarships to students.
Scholarships are awarded by the following types of organisation:
- Organisations for the promotion of young talent and other foundations of public agencies
- Denominational and private foundations
- Commercial enterprises
The most widely known of these foundations are given in the Scholarships list.
Advice and information about the offering of scholarships
To the extent that we receive additional advice and information on the offering of scholarships, we will make the attendant brochures, flyers and links available to you:
- German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes):
Largest and oldest German sponsorship organisation for the academically gifted, promoting future excellence, funding, foundation, scholars http://www.studienstiftung.de/en/
- Stiftung Prof Joachim Lenz: This program offers 10.000 EUR for a project which contributes the connections beween germany and its eastern neighbours. For informations please see http://www.stiftung-prof-lenz.de. The closing date for application is 31. December 2017.
- With its “MINT Excellence” programme, the German corporation Marschollek-Lautenschläger und Partner provides two years of funding support of EUR 750 per semester for 30 students and doctoral candidates each year in the areas of mathematics, information technology, science and technology.
Dedicated students receive a total of EUR 3,000 each through the “MINT Excellence” funding programme, but the support provided is not only of a financial nature. All 300 finalists are also admitted to a special network which allows them to attend talks and workshops where they acquire key skills for a successful career start. The programme is aimed at students who opt to take a degree in the challenging MINT disciplines (mathematics, IT, science and technology), thereby helping to make Germany fit for the future. Students and doctoral candidates may apply. Please see www.mintexcellence.de for details.
- The Reemtsma Begabtenförderungswerk awards scholarships to talented pupils and students whose families have no or only limited ability to finance the studies. For informations please see https://reemtsma-stipendium.de/.
BayBIDS scholarship: For the upcoming academic year 2017/18, 13 scholarships are expected to be awarded to applicants who have acquired their school-leaving certificate at a German school abroad or partner school and wish to start a degree course at a Bavarian university in the 2017/18 winter semester. Please see http://www.baybids.de/Motivationsstipendien.html for Details.
The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung is the foundation of the German trade union confederation. It awards scholarships to young people who show social commitment and whose parents are unable to support them in their desired studies. Further information on how to apply is available from www.boeckler.de/bab.htm. Closing dates for applications are 30 April and 31 October.
- SYMPTOMA awards a scholarship for financing study costs to students of all subjects who work while they study. Information on this scholarship is available from https://www.symptoma.com/de/stipendium. It is suitable for international students. The closing date for applications is always 31 January.
- Bomedus offers scholarships to students who study despite of pain. Bomedus wants to support those who make their way and look positive into future notwithstanding pain or diseases.
Applications can be done here: https://bomedus.com/wissen/leitartikel/146_stipendium-umgang-mit-schmerzen-im-studium/
Studying for qualified people in employment, master craftsmen, and equivalent
The Aufstiegsstipendium scholarship is specifically conceived to support people in employment, i.e. with professional training and practical experience.
Applications are already possible before beginning of the study until the end of the second semester.
Tips for those with professional qualifications are available from the German student union (Deutsche Studentenwerk) at http://www.studentenwerke.de/de/node/1300
Compass for parents
Information and advice for parents on the subject of scholarships is available free of charge here.
Scholarships for studies abroad
There are many funding opportunities for students in search of funding to finance a period of study abroad. Please contact the International Office under Fördermöglichkeiten für das Praktikum und Studium im Ausland (funding opportunities for placements and studies abroad).
The THI provides free use of the ELFI Funding Database (Förderdatenbank ELFI ) for the benefit of employees and students looking for a comprehensive search opportunity for funding programmes. A guide including information on how to use the database is available on the information page of the library. Should you have any questions, please contact the Research and EU Office Forschungs- und EU-Referat.
Financing for immigrant students/applicants
Funding is available from the Higher Education Guarantee Fund (Garantiefonds Hochschulbereich) for refugees, ethnic German immigrants (Spätaussiedler) and Jewish immigrants under the age of 30. The funding is aimed at the acquisition of a sufficient level of language knowledge to allow students to successfully commence or resume their university studies.
Authorisation for financing is only possible in conjunction with an advice and education plan (Beratungs- und Bildungsplanung). All information is available at http://www.bildungsberatung-gfh.de/
Scholarships for refugees
Refugees can apply to the Hans Böckler Foundation if they are entitled to receive BAföG. This means they must have been continuously and legally resident in Germany for at least 15 months, either permitted or tolerated. If a person is currently going through the asylum application process, they are not entitled to receive BAföG. In this case, it only makes sense to apply for a scholarship if the asylum application is process is due to be completed soon or has already been completed.
Scholarships for woman who wish to gain a doctorate
The LaKoF (State Conference of Women's and Equal Opportunities Representatives at Bavarian Universities) is offering two scholarships for women aimed at graduates of universities of applied sciences who wish to pursue doctoral studies:
the qualification scholarship, to acquire the formal prerequisites to embark on doctoral studies, and the doctoral scholarship for women taking a doctorate. The deadline for applications is 1 February each year.
General information on doctoral studies at THI is available from the Graduate Centre at the ZAF (Research Centre).