Scholarship organisations

Financial support during your studies

There are a wide range of scholarships available for outstanding students. In addition to requiring applicants to have excellent grades, most scholarship programmes have additional conditions regarding cultural, political, religious or social involvement. An overview of foundations and scholarship organisations is available at If you have any questions about application procedures or selection criteria, you can also contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or speak directly to FAU’s liaison officer for the scholarship organisation you wish to apply to.


  • Scholarships for gifted and talented Catholic students and doctoral candidates. Candidates may apply directly or be recommended by their school or a university lecturer by 1 October; the selection committee decides on the basis of references from two university lecturers and the university pastor; interview with a member of the branch office. School and university examination grades are taken into account.
  • Katholische Bischöfliche Studienförderung, Baumschulallee 5, 53115 Bonn, phone: +49 228 983840;

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V.

  • Scholarships for gifted and talented Protestant students and doctoral candidates from Germany and the EU. Students may apply directly up to the fifth subject semester by 1 March/ 1 September; doctoral candidates by 5 January/15 June. Application documents (including two references from teachers or university lecturers regarding academic achievement and character) are checked in a regional selection process and interviews are carried out to determine which candidates are invited to the main selection stage. The final decision is made by the selection committee after an interview carried out at Haus Villigst. Phone: +49 2304 755213 (student scholarships) or +49 2304 755215 (doctoral candidate scholarships);
  • Haus Villigst, Iserlohner Str. 25, 58239 Schwerte,

Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Studienwerk e.V. (ELES)

  • Scholarships for gifted and talented Jewish students and doctoral candidates from Germany and the EU. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of candidates’ commitment and potential for personal development; both financial and personal support are provided.
  • Postfach 120852, 10598 Berlin, phone: +49 30 31805910;


  • Scholarships for gifted and talented students and young researchers from Germany and abroad. Candidates from all countries may apply within the first four semesters, Bachelor’s degree students up until the second semester, medical students after the Physikum or upon recommendation by their supervisor. Decisions are made on the basis of references from two university lecturers and the supervisor, and an interview.
  • Studienförderung, Godesberger Allee 149, 53170 Bonn, phone: +49 228 8830;


  • Applications (from the second semester) from students and graduates from Germany or abroad and recommendations from professors must be submitted by 31 May/30 November. Scholarships available from the third semester; decisions are made on the basis of two references from university lecturers and an interview with the selection committee during a selection seminar.
  • Begabtenförderung, Karl-Marx-Str. 2, 14482 Potsdam, phone: +49 331 7019349;


  • Scholarships available from the first semester. Applicants with children and applicants who have completed their secondary education during adulthood are given priority. Contact through the FAU liaison officer, application though the local branch of the unions. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a discussion with the supervisor and scholarships representatives and a recommendation from the selection committee and foundation board.
  • Studienförderung, Hans-Böckler-Str. 39, 40476 Düsseldorf, phone: +49 211 7778125 (students), +49 211 7778227 (doctoral candidates);


  • Scholarships for particularly gifted and talented German students and graduates. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of two references and an interview with the selection committee. Documents are only available directly from Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (application deadline 31 July/31 January).
  • Stipendienreferat, Lazarettstr. 33, 80636 München, phone: +49 89 1258300;


  • Scholarships for highly gifted and talented students and graduates (direct applications). Application forms are available directly from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Students must submit an academic reference from a university lecture and a character reference; graduates must submit two academic references discussing their thesis. Application deadline: 15 July/15 January. The selections committee awards scholarships on the basis of a pre-selection round and a selection conference (intelligence test, written essay on a topic related to society and politics, group discussion, interview with the committee).
  • Begabtenförderung, Rathausallee 12, 53757 St. Augustin, phone: +49 2241 2462286;

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

  • Candidates may be recommended or apply directly by taking a test. Direct applications are accepted from hard-working, gifted and talented students in the first and second subject semester, for more information see Recommendations from head teachers (for school pupils) can submitted before 15 July and recommendations for students from university lecturers can be made at any time. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a selection seminar which includes an extensive discussion with two members of the selection committee.
  • Ahrstr. 51, 53175 Bonn, phone: +49 228 820960;


  • These scholarships are awarded to refugees and people who have been granted asylum. More information is available from Otto-Beneke-Stiftung’s advice centre, Beuthener Str. 39, 90471 Nürnberg;
  • Kennedy-Allee 105–107, 53175 Bonn, phone: +49 911 406284;

Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann

  • These scholarships aim to prepare gifted and talented students to take on key roles in companies and other areas of society. In order to be successful, applicants must have above average grades and be willing to take on social responsibility in their own environment. The selection committee awards the scholarships on the basis of a regional selection process followed by an assessment centre. Direct applications from students (to be sent to the liaison officer at FAU) may be submitted up until the end of the fourth semester (Bachelor’s degree students up until the end of the second semester) and direct applications from graduates (to be sent directly to Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft) may be submitted when they start their doctoral degree. Application forms are available online.
  • Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Breite Straße 29, 11078 Berlin, phone: +49 30 20331540;


  • Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is committed to the basic political values of democracy, ecology, solidarity and freedom from violence. It awards 80 to 100 scholarships annually for gifted and talented students and graduates from Germany and abroad with above average academic and personal achievements. It is open to applicants from all disciplines. It particularly welcomes applications which deal with its main values from different perspectives and in different disciplines and/or which contribute to interdisciplinary discussion between the sciences/engineering and the humanities/social sciences. Applications must be submitted by 1 September/1 March. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a brief application, followed by a full application and an interview with supervisors, and a selection workshop.
  • Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin, phone: +49 30 28534 400;


  • Gesellschaftsanalyse und politische Bildung e.V., Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin
  • Scholarships are awarded to people who show commitment to social equality, active democracy, freedom of thought and a sustainable environment. Applicants should demonstrate involvement in politics and society, in addition to outstanding academic achievement. Priority is given to female applicants and where applicants demonstrate comparable ability, scholarships will be awarded to those with greater financial need. Direct applications must be submitted by 31 October (summer semester) or 30 April (winter semester).
  • Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin, phone: +49 30 44310223;

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

  • Scholarships for graduates who have not yet started their doctoral degree; maximum 28 years of age. Exceptions to the age limit may be made in certain circumstances, such as for applicants who completed secondary education their qualification during adulthood or discontinued their studies to raise children but completed their studies within a short period of time. The topic of the doctoral degree must be related to the environmental situation in Germany. In addition to an above average degree, candidates are expected to have a doctoral thesis topic relating to a current issue which will provide a contribution towards conservation. Applications must be submitted by 15 February/15 August.
  • An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück, phone: +49 541 96330; online application at

Stiftung Begabtenförderungswerk berufliche Bildung

  • This programme is part of the German government’s qualification initiative ‘Aufstieg durch Bildung’ (advance through education) and is aimed at people who have shown particular talent and commitment during training and in their profession and would like to study at university. For more information see and

Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship)

  • FAU supports gifted and talented students as part of the Germany Scholarship programme. The scholarship is available for students who complete their degree within the standard duration of studies and amounts to 300 euros per month (3600 euros per year). Candidates are selected on the basis of the grade achieved in the university entrance qualification (minimum 1.5) for the first semester, or the grades achieved to date in their university studies (minimum 2.0) from the second semester onwards. The following are also taken into account: periods of study abroad, voluntary work, special social, personal or family circumstances, a non-traditional educational history, proven need or one year of professional experience. Scholarships are awarded once a year at the start of the winter semester. Calls for applications and application deadlines are published online at

Funding for stays abroad

All scholarship organisations, as well as BAföG, also provided funding for periods spent studying abroad. This funding is usually in addition to the scholarship amount received for study within Germany, and is intended to cover travel costs. In some cases, tuition fees may also be reimbursed.

More information is available at and, on the information sheets on scholarships for German students going abroad and the EU’s Erasmus and Sokrates programmes provided by IBZ, and in the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) scholarship guide. As part of its initiative ‘Internationalisierung der Hochschulen’ (internationalisation at universities), the Free State of Bavaria provides scholarships to enable students to study abroad, preferably at partner universities. The maximum monthly scholarship amount is the same as the additional BAföG amount for study abroad; the costs of travel to and from the location may also be covered, but funding is not available for tuition fees or language courses. FAU’s Stipendienstelle (Office for Scholarships) is responsible for allocating this funding.

Scholarships for specific subjects

Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sciences

  • Innogy Fellows Scholarship (former RWE Fellows)
    Innogy, a subsidiary of the energy provider RWE, supports students who devote their master’s studies to renewable energies, power lines and highly efficient energy storage systems. Preferred subjects are: electrical engineering, communications engineering, industrial engineering, information technology and media informatics. Innogy supports scholarship holders for up to two years with a monthly grant of 500 euros. Learn more on the Innogy homepage.

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

  • Studienkolleg Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw)
    Scholarships are awarded to gifted and talented students who are accepted onto the sdw scholarship programme through a selection procedure. Students receive funding until the end of the standard duration of studies. German citizens and citizens of other EU member states, as well as student who meet the criteria in Section 8 of the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG), are eligible to apply. Depending on parents’ income, the maximum amount of funding available is 585 euros. Funding is also available to cover the cost of books. In certain circumstances, additional funding may be provided for students with families. More information is available at


  • Studienkolleg der Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw) und der Robert Bosch Stiftung Dieses Programm richtet sich an motivierte Abiturienten, Studierende und Promovierende mit dem Berufsziel Lehrkraft. Ziel ist es, die angehenden Lehrkräfte dabei zu unterstützen, sich zu engagierten Schulgestaltern zu entwickeln. Studierende und Promovierende können neben der ideellen auch eine finanzielle Unterstützung erhalten (s. „Studienkolleg, Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft“ oben). Infos unter:
  • Horizonte: Stipendien für angehende Lehrkräfte mit Migrationshintergrund
    Bei der finanziellen Förderung wird unterschieden zwischen Studienstipendien für Studierende und Bildungsstipendien für Lehrkräfte im Vorbereitungsdienst. Die ideelle Förderung besteht aus verpflichtenden Seminaren und aus der Möglichkeit, sich zusätzlich durch Fördermittel der Stiftung weiterzubilden. Zusatzangebote von Partnern der Stiftung runden die ideelle Förderung ab.Studienstipendium: Vollstipendium 650 €/Monat plus 150 € Büchergeld/Semester (bei einem BAföG-Anspruch über 300 €/Monat) Teilstipendium 300 €/Monat plus 150 € Büchergeld/Semester (bei keinem bzw. BAföG-Anspruch bis zu 300 €/Monat; maximaler Fördersatz, der nicht auf eine Unterstützung durch BAföG angerechnet wird.) Bildungsstipendien für Lehrkräfte im Vorbereitungsdienst: 1.000 €/Jahr. Weitere Infos unter:
  • FundaMINT
    Stipendienprogramm der Deutsche Telekom Stiftung für Lehramtsstudierende, die als eines ihrer Fächer Mathematik, Physik oder Informatik studieren und darin mindestens gute Leistungen vorweisen können und die gesellschaftlich engagiert sind, z.B. in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit. Sie müssen zum Zeitpunkt der Bewerbung noch fünf Semester Regelstudienzeit vor sich haben. Ein Semester wird für das Auswahlverfahren benötigt. Es werden die letzten vier Studiensemester gefördert. Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten im Programm FundaMINT werden sowohl finanziell als auch ideell vier Semester gefördert.

Scholarships in Erlangen and Nuremberg

  • Dr. Theo und Friedl Schöller-Stiftung
    Scholarships are available for gifted and talented students in financial need who are studying medicine, economics or a teaching degree. They are usually awarded for one year and amount to 255 euros per month. Academic achievement must be demonstrated through an average/overall grade of 1.3 or better in the university entrance qualification. Students who receive BAföG during the period for which the scholarship is awarded are considered to be in financial need. Application forms are available from the following addresses: Stipendienstelle (Office for Scholarships), room 0.047, Halbmondstr. 6, Erlangen; phone: +49 9131 8524075. Studentensekretariat (secretary’s office), room 2.123, Lange Gasse 20, Nürnberg; phone: +49 911 5302644 (office hours during the lecture period: Wednesday 9.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Dr. Willy-Rebelein-Stiftung for students with disabilities
    Bauvereinstr.10–12, 90489 Nürnberg. Funding is available to support students with disabilities to cover extra costs associated with studying, such as transport costs for students with limited mobility. Applications should be submitted directly to Dr. Willy-Rebelein-Stiftung; please contact Dr. Klaus Otto, phone: +49 911 586020.
  • One-off funding from FAU
    Halbmondstr. 6, 91052 Erlangen. One-off amounts of funding from the foundations Oskar-Karl-Forster-Stiftung, Eva-Schleip-Stiftung and Vereinigte Stipendienstiftung are available to FAU students. The criteria which must be met in order to receive funding vary; application documents and further information are available from the Stipendienstelle (Office for Scholarships), room 0.047, Halbmondstr. 5, Erlangen; phone: +49 9131 8524075.
  • Ilse und Dr. Alexander Mayer-Stiftung
    Scholarships are awarded to gifted and talented students, students in financial need and young researchers at FAU. Students who receive BAföG who have achieved a grade of 2.5 or better in their previous examinations may be awarded a scholarship of 500 euros to cover tuition fees. Application forms are available from the Stipendienstelle (Office for Scholarships), room 0.047, Halbmondstr. 6, Erlangen; phone: +49 9131 8524075.
  • Stiftungsverwaltung der Stadtkämmerei Nürnberg
    Theresienstr. 1, 90403 Nürnberg
    The city of Nuremberg awards funding to students in need from three different foundations. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Applicants must be resident in the city of Nuremberg at the time of application. This condition cannot be fulfilled by temporarily staying in the city or moving there at the beginning of the applicant’s studies. Further conditions are set by the foundations that provide the funding. Phone: +49 911 2312903; application form available at

Scholarships for graduates and doctoral candidates

  • Graduate scholarships from foundations
    Almost all of the foundations listed above also offer scholarships for doctoral candidates. In addition, there are a range of organisations which provide research funding for doctoral candidates, such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Volkswagenstiftung. As a family-friendly university, FAU also offers various scholarships for women in the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.
  • Scholarships for female doctoral candidates
    Female doctoral candidates with above average academic achievements who have been working on their dissertation for around one year may be awarded funding of 1050 euros per month for a period of 12 months (may be extended to 24 months upon application).
  • Scholarships for female postdoctoral researchers
    These scholarships are awarded to female postdoctoral researchers who have receive the grade ‘sehr gut’ (excellent) to help them set up a project which is required in order to apply for a habilitation. Participation of the scholarship holder in teaching is possible and encouraged during the funding period. The scholarship amounts to 1600 euros per month and may be awarded for a period of 12 months (may be extended to 24 months upon application).
  • Scholarships for female habilitation candidates
    Women who aim to complete a habilitation in accordance with the new regulations in Section 65 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) in the version dated 23 May 2006 may be awarded funding of 2000 euros per month for a period of 12 months (may be extended to 24 months upon application). These scholarships are aimed principally at women with particular financial needs. For this reason, scholarship holders may work no more than 10 hours per week and the monthly income must not exceed 350 euros. Upon application, additional funding of 154 euros per month may be available for childcare.

Applications should be submitted to the FAU Graduate School, Schlossplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen; phone: +49 9131 8525827/29.

  • Scholarships for excellent young female researchers (post-habilitation)
    This funding is intended to allow young female researchers from all faculties who have already submitted their habilitation thesis to continue their research in the phase between the submission of the thesis and the completion of the habilitation procedure, and at the most until their appointment as a professor. Scholarship holders may take on a paid teaching position for up to 4 semester hours per week and will receive funding of 2200 euros per month for a period of 12 months (additional funding for childcare is available). Phone: +49 9131 8522951,

  • DAAD scholarships for doctoral candidates
    Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn/Bad Godesberg
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for German doctoral candidates at universities and non-university research institutions. The scholarship programme is open to applicants from all subjects to fund studies or research positions. Information is available from the DAAD;