External Funding

All information is subject to change.

Organisation Application
Avicenna-Studienwerk Website: German and English
Application Date: 1 April and 1 October
Requirements: Only for students of Muslim confession who obtained their general qualification for university entrance (Abitur) in Germany
Claussen Simon Stiftung Website: German and English
The scholarship programme Dissertation Plus accompanies and supports mentoring relationships between doctoral students and their supervisors.
Application Date: All year
Requirements: The dissertation project has not yet started and the supervisor can imagine to participate
Cusanuswerk Bischöfliche Studienförderung Website: German and English
Application date: 1 March and 1 September
Requirements: Only for German, EU-European, and resident non-EU-European students of Catholic confession
DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service Website: German and English
The DAAD is Germany’s biggest sponsor of foreign students and German students abroad. There are many programmes and scholarships with different requirements.
Dr. Jost Henkel Stiftung Website: German
Application Period: All year
Requirement: Demonstrated financial need
ELES - Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk Website: German
Application Date: All year
Requirements: For German or EU-European students, or students with "Bildungsinländer" status as per BAföG §8
Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst Website: German and English
Application Date: 1 December and 1 June
Requirements: Only for students of Protestant confession (exceptions possible)
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Website: German, English and Spanish
Application Period: All year
Requirements: Excellent German language abilities. This foundation is close to the Social Democrat Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit Website: German and English
Application Date: 31 May and 31 October
Requirements: Excellent German language abilities. This foundation is close to the Liberal Democratic Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Hanns Seidel Stiftung Website: German, English, Spanish and French
Application Period: January, May, and June
Requirements: Maximum age of 32. This foundation is close to the Bavarian Christian Social Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Hans Böckler Stiftung Website: German and English
Application Period: May and August
Requirements: This foundation is close to trade unions, and applicant’s involvement in a trade union or comparable societal organization is required.
Heinrich Böll Stiftung Application Date: 1 March and 1 September
Requirements: Excellent German language abilities. This foundation is close to the Green Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst e. V. (KAAD) Website: German and English
Application Period: All year
Requirements: For foreign students of Catholic confession with excellent German language abilities. All students must prove the relevance of their studies for their home country
Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds Website: German
Application Date: 15 March and 15 September
Requirements: “Good” grades and maximum age of 30 (exceptions possible)
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Website: German, English, Spanish and French
Application Period: April till July
Requirements: Excellent German language abilities. This foundation is close to the Christian Democratic Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Website: German and English
Application Date: 30 April and 31 October
Requirements: Excellent German language abilities, maximum age of 30. This foundation is close to the Left Party, and applicants should share their basic values.
Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft Website: German and English
Application Period: May and August
Requirements: Applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of application.
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes Website: German and English
Application Period: All year
Requirements: Students cannot apply on their own, they have to be promoted by an institution or a professor.
ZEIT-Stiftung Website: German and English
The scholarship programme Trajectories of Change (in cooperation with the Claussen Simon Stiftung) seeks to address historical and current transformation processes at Europe’s margins, each year focusing on a different topic.
Application Date: May
Requirements: above-average academic aptitude