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Funding Opportunities for Your Doctorate - Sponsorship Organizations

1 Avicenna-Studienwerk

The Avicenna-Studienwerk is the first Muslim sponsorship organization in Germany.
The Avicenna-Studienwerk is the youngest of the 13 sponsorship organizations recognized by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The Avicenna-Studienwerk supports talented and socially involved Muslim students and doctoral candidates of all fields.
Two deadlines for applications per year.

Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates.  The deadlines can be found at the bottom further down the page.

2 Cusanuswerk

The Cusanuswerk is the sponsorship organization of the Catholic Church in Germany.
The Cusanuswerk offers scholarships for particularly talented Catholic students and doctoral candidates of all fields and institutions.
The framework of the sponsorship program provides opportunities for encounters which encourage to follow one’s own path and to take on responsibility in society, in research and within the Church. A diverse educational program encourages debates on the issues of science and faith, and Church and society.
Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates.

3 ELES - Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

Jewish talent promotion – a story with a future.
The Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) supports particularly talented Jewish students and doctoral candidates. The program counts on the active engagement of its members and their abilities of self-development. Through ideational support, ELES strengthens Jewish identity, responsibility and capacity for dialogue. Its members are encouraged to shape the future. The interdisciplinary ELES colleges offer the opportunity to meet other international students and doctoral candidates and to exchange on issues of our times within the context of one’s own religious tradition. Guest lectures and excursions complement the program. A special highlight is the yearly summer academy which takes place in Israel.
The deadline for doctoral candidates is April 30.
Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates. The deadlines can be found further down the page.

4 Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

The Protestant Studienwerk Villigst is the talent scholarship program of the Protestant Church in Germany.
It currently supports approximately 1,000 students of all disciplines as well as 250 doctoral candidates. Among those are 50 European citizens, primarily from the Eastern European states, who are studying at German universities. The Studienwerk is a place of encounter for people who value education and science – in particular with a regard for a lively future of the Protestant Church. Founded in 1948 due to the failure of the academic classes during the Nazi regime, the Studienwerk seeks to focus education on the issue of democracy, tolerance for contradiction, social responsibility, and the dignity of men. To date, over 6,000 scholarship holders have been supported which continue to be active in all areas of society.
Two deadlines per year.

Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates.

5 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany.
Founded in 1925, the FES is committed to the fundamental values of the social democracy: freedom, justice and solidarity. It pursues its mission through its offices worldwide – through political education programs, talent programs, research and international cooperation.
The talent program of the FES offers financial support to 2,400 students and doctoral candidates, through funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). An important aspect of the program is to offer young outstandingly talented or socially or politically active students or doctoral candidates access to studies and research. Therefore, the program is particularly directed towards academic talent from low-income households and towards applicants from a migrant background. At the same time, FES wants to support young people who do not want to make use of their qualifications merely for their career, but rather for their community. The aims of the program are therefore an outstanding final degree as well as an intensification of the members’ socio-political engagement.
An application can be submitted online at any time.
Here you can find further information on doctoral funding and application processes for Germans and foreigners holding a German degree (“Bildungsinländer”)

Here you can find further information on doctoral funding and application processes for foreign doctoral candidates.

6 Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit (FNF)

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is a foundation for liberal politics.
In 1973, the FNF founded its own talent sponsorship program which works in close cooperation with the foundation’s branch for political education. As a sponsorship organization, the FNF embodies equality of opportunity and opens up new passages towards education. Its members are united by the knowledge of the opportunities which education and the scholarships they were granted represent. Since its foundation, the FNF’s scholarship program has granted more than 7,000 scholarships. There are over 1,100 applicants per year. Currently, around 850 students and doctoral candidates – both abroad and in Germany - benefit from an FNF scholarship.
Twice per year:
April 30
October 31
The application portal opens 4 weeks before the expiry of the application deadline.
Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates.

7 Hanns Seidel Stiftung

The Hanns Seidel Foundation is a political foundation close to the German party Christian Social Union (CSU).
The foundation and its Institute for Talent Sponsorship (IBF) seek to encourage – through both ideational and financial support - the development of a new academia which is highly qualified both with regard to personal issues and with regard to research.
The program is aimed at students and doctoral candidates with outstanding performances at school and university, who are at the same time socio-politically active. These activities can be social work, open or denominational youth work, engagement in political parties or organizations or student organizations.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation wants its members to develop into competent and responsible citizens who – based on their Christian-social understanding of values – contribute constructively and critically to the expression and preservation of our liberal-democratic Constitution.
Twice per year:
January 15
July 15

Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines for doctoral candidates.
Information on doctoral scholarships can be found further down the page.

8 Hans Böckler Stiftung

The Hans Böckler Foundation is the Studienförderungswerk of the Federation of German Trade Unions.
Here you can find further information on doctoral scholarships offered by the Hans Böckler Foundation. Dates can be found further down the page.  

9 Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is the green political foundation.
Under the slogan „Rückenwind für Talente“ (‚Tailwind for Talents‘), the Böll Foundation supports around 1,000 students and doctoral candidates of all fields and institutions, both from Germany and from abroad. Those stipends should have a positive attitude towards the goals of the green project. The foundation is committed to the concept of sustainability, promote equal opportunities and understands its student and doctoral scholarship program as a contribution towards promotion of democracy.
Twice per year:
March 1
August 31
Online applications only. The application portal opens around 6 weeks before the expiry of the application deadline.

Here you can find further information regarding the application process and deadlines.

10 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), which supports more than 2,700 students and 500 doctoral candidates, is one of the largest talent sponsorship programs in Germany.
It aims to promote and support future elites and leaders within the fields of politics, economy, science, media, culture and society. In this endeavor, the foundation is guided by its Christian-democratic values and principles.
Twice per year:
January 15
July 15
(at 12 o’clock)
Here you can find information regarding doctoral scholarships. Information regarding the selection process and deadlines can be found under the header "Wie bewerbe ich mich?".

11 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation sees itself within the current of democratic socialism.
In 1992, the foundation was accepted as an affiliated organization by the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), which later became the party DIE LINKE.
Through its offers in political education, the foundation aims to strengthen democratic aspects of the political will as well as to contribute to social justice and solidarity and the overcoming of patriarchal, ethnic and national oppression. This socio-political aim is the basis for the student and doctoral scholarship program of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Since its foundation in 1999, more than 1,400 students and doctoral candidates from Germany and abroad have received support through the Studienwerk. Currently, more than 1,000 students and doctoral candidates are in the scholarship program, and 190 more are admitted per year, among those approximately 40 doctoral candidates.
Twice per year:
April 15
October 15

Here you can find further information on the various types of scholarships as well as the application process.

12 Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw)

The Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann of the Foundation of German Business (sdw) is named after its founder and benefactor, the entrepreneur and president of the Association of German Employers Klaus Murmann.
Scholarship holders receive both financial and non-financial support. The latter comes in the form of a diverse and interdisciplinary range of offerings which share the guiding theme of „Entrepreneurial thinking and action in terms of social responsibility” („Unternehmerisches Denken und Handeln in gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung“) and seek to contribute to the scholarship holders’ personal development. Characteristics of the scholarship program are the personal supervision, the interdisciplinary educational program the intensive exchange with enterprises, entrepreneurs and other societal actors as well as the diverse opportunities for active involvement for the scholarship holders. One particular program – the Studienkolleg – caters to students of teaching professions.
The active network of stipends, alumni and leaders from economy and education form a community far beyond the funding period.
Here you can find the application portal as well as the current deadlines.

13 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Die German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) is the largest and oldest scholarship program in Germany.
The foundation provides its approximately 13,000 members with diverse opportunities for deeper scientific engagement, for interdisciplinary dialogue and international experiences. The scholarship holders represent the whole range and diversity of ideological, religious as well as (democratically anchored) political backgrounds and values, which they bring into the foundation’s range of programs.
Applications for doctoral scholarships can be submitted any time.

Here you can find further information regarding the application process.

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