Nationwide there are a large number of private and state-financed foundations and organizations for the promotion of gifted children. In recent years, the number of different scholarship offers has steadily increased, but unfortunately Germany is still in the bottom ranks in the field of scholarships in international comparison.

Regrettably, scholarships are often regarded as “elitist”, which means that many students refrain from applying for them and taking a closer look at the topic. It goes without saying that good to excellent academic performance is indispensable, but social criteria often play an important role in the selection decision.

Below you will find an overview of the various options for financing your studies.

Funding opportunities from Nuremberg Institute of Technology

Target group: Students as well as university applicants can apply

Requirements:

  • Above average performance at school, university, or professionally
  • Volunteer work, involvement in community, university, or political activities
  • Responsible roles in religious communities, associations, or clubs
  • Personal or family circumstances can also be taken into account

Amount of the stipend: 300 € / month

Further information :You can find detailed information about the Deutschlandstipendium stipend at Nuremberg Tech and how to apply online.

Target group: Students with demonstrated need at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology

Requirements:

  • written request  by the student
  • Documentation of demonstrated need is absolutely required
  • Students in the 2nd semester or higher
  • Confirmation from the Faculty of the need for the learning materials
  • Student has not previously received an Oskar-Karl-Forster-Stipendium

Purpose of the grant:For purchasing books and other learning materials

Amount of the grant:min. €100 to max. €500

Duration of the grant: one time

Application: application: possible at any time

Contact:

Target group: Highly qualified master’s students or graduates in all disciplines at Nuremberg Tech aiming to complete a doctorate

Requirements: Above-average grade point average in master’s coursework or above-average master’s thesis

Purpose of the grant:

  • Preparing for and taking up doctoral studies
  • Preparing a synopsis (including time and work schedule)
  • Agreeing with a doctoral supervisor

Application deadline:1 February or 1 September

Amount of the grant: 500 € / month

Duration of the grant: six months

Information on the funding opportunities for degree-related study abroad (study or internship abroad) can be found on the website of the International Office.

Information on student funding is available for international prospective and current students on these pages. .

Funding opportunities from the Nuremberg Foundations

Target group: Support for students in need in all disciplines

Requirements:

  • You have been resident in Bavaria for at least five years 
  • You are a member of the Bavarian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • You are not older than 27

Application deadline: 30 April and 31 October

Amount of the stipend: 100 - 200 € / month

Duration of the stipend: one semester (extensions are possible)

Further information: www.gustav-schickedanz-stiftung.de

Target group: all students in need 

Requirements:

  • Applicants must have been registered as resident in Nuremberg for at least six years.
  • Applicants are between the ages of 15 and 34

Purpose of the stipend: To address educational costs

Application: possible at any time

Duration of the stipend: Maximum 16 semesters at university

Specific features:

  • The Endowment Administration administers the funds of various donors from Nuremberg.
  • The application must be made using a form provided by the Endowment Administration.

Further information: http://nuernberg.de/internet/referat2/stipendien.html

Federal Government funding for gifted young people

Requirements:

  • above average academic achievements
  • personal (volunteer) activities

Application:

  • Independent application (possible for students in their 1st or 2nd semester): from 12 January - mid-February 2021
  • Nomination by a professor valid for 1 year
  • Nomination by the university: from May - 31 July

Amount of the scholarship: 300 - 774 € / month

Further information :www.studienstiftung.de

Liaison lecturer: 

Target group: Skilled workers/specialists with professional training and experience studying at university for the first time

Requirements:

  • Completed training or advanced training
  • At least two years’ professional experience after graduation and before starting university
  • You have documentation of extraordinary professional performance 

Application: 23 March to 7 June 2021

Amount of the stipend:

  • Full-time study: from 861 € / month
  • Part-time study: up to 225 € / month

Specific features:

  • Income-independent support of regular full-time study and part-time study for professionals
  • Applications are possible even before beginning at university and until the end of the second semester

Further information :www.aufstiegsstipendium.de

Target group:

  • Students who would like to study, conduct research, or do an internship abroad
  • International students who would like to study, conduct research, or do an internship in Germany

Further information: https://www.daad.de/de/

Gifted students grants from the Bavarian student funding programmes

Requirements

  • above average academic achievements
  • personal (volunteer) activities

Application:

  • Independent applicants (possible as of the 3rd semester): until 1 November 
  • Nomination by a professor (possible as of the 3rd semester): until 1 November 
  • Nomination by the university: until 1 November 

Amount of the stipend: 215 € / month

Further information :https://www.elitenetzwerk.bayern.de/start/foerderangebote/max-weber-programm

Target group: Students from all subject areas with demonstrated business interest

Requirements:

  • Good to very good academic achievements
  • Volunteer activities, competitive sports, community or international activities

Costs of the programme: 950 € per phase (incl. accommodations, board, programme, travel abroad)

Length of the programme: four 4-week phases

Application deadline: 6 December 2020

Further information :www.eliteakademie.de

Liaison lecturer:

Gifted students grants from party-affiliated foundations

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities
  • You are not older than 35

Application deadline: 15 January and 15 July

Amount of the stipend: 300 - 744 € / month

Further information :www.kas.de

Liaison lecturer:

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities
  • Not older than 32

Application deadline: 15 July and 30 November

Amount of the scholarship: 300 - 744 € / month

Further information :www.hss.de

Liaison lecturer:

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Amount of the scholarship: 300 € / month

Duration of the scholarship: 1 year (extensions are possible)

Application deadline: 30 April and 31 October

Further information :www.freiheit.org

Liaison lecturer:

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 30 April and 31 October

Amount of the stipend: 300 - 744 € / month

Further information :www.fes.de

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 March and 1 September

Amount of the stipend: from 300 € / month

Further information: www.boell.de

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 April or 1 October 

Amount of the stipend: 300 - 774 € / month

Further information :www.rosalux.de

Gifted students grants from foundations with close ties to business

Requirements

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Application deadline: 17 April 2020:

Amount of the stipend: 300 € - 744 € / month

Duration of the stipend: until the end of the regular study programme duration

Further information :www.sdw.org

Liaison lecturer:

Prof. Muck, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg
Email: bwl-bfcatuni-bambergPunktde 

Gifted students grants from foundations with close ties to trade unions

Target group: primarily students who reach university after attending second or third chance schools

Requirements:

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Amount of the stipend: 300 € - 744 € / month

Application deadline: 1 February or 1 July

Further information :www.boeckler.de

Liaison lecturer:

Prof. Muck, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg
Email: bwl-bfcatuni-bambergPunktde 

Gifted students grants from churches and confessional foundations

Requirements

  • Ideally, you are a member of a Protestant faith
  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 March and 1 September

Amount of the stipend: 300 € - 752 € / month

Duration of the stipend: entire duration of studies

Further information :www.evstudienwerk.de

Liaison lecturer:

Prof. em. Sparn, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Email: walter.sparnatt-onlinePunktde 

Requirements

  • You are a member of the Catholic faith
  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 August 

Amount of the stipend: from 300 €

Further information :www.cusanuswerk.de/startseite

Liaison lecturer:

Prof. emeritus Forschner, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Email: Maximilian.ForschneratfauPunktde

Requirements:

  • You are a member of the Jewish faith
  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 June and 1 December

Amount of the stipend: 300 € - 752 € / month

Further information :www.ELES-studienwerk.de

Requirements

  • Ideally, you are a member of a Muslim faith
  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities

Application deadline: 1 April or 1 October

Amount of the stipend: 300 € - 752 € / month

Further information :www.avicenna-studienwerk.de

Gifted students grants from other church institutions

Target group:

  • Female students
  • Female students who are parents
  • Female students from outside Germany
  • Female students who are about to complete their degree

Requirements:

  • Ideally, you are a member of the Catholic faith

Amount of the loan: 250 € or 500 € / month 

Duration of the loan: up to a maximum loan amount of 10,000 €

Specific features: Repayment of the loan (10% annually, 150 € / month minimum) upon employment

Further information :www.hildegardis-verein.de

Requirements:

  • You are a member of the Catholic faith

Application deadline: 31 January 2020

Amount of the loan: up to 5,000 €

Specific features: Repayment of the load (minimum 100 €/month) 6 months after completing your studies

Further information :www.damv.org

Target group:

  • Students from developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America
  • Students from countries in Central, East, or South East Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia

Requirements:

  • Above average academic achievements
  • Personal (volunteer) activities
  • Ideally, you are a member of the Catholic faith
  • You are pursuing your studies with the intent to return to your home region permanently.

Application:

  • Scholarship Program 1: application possible at any time
  • Scholarship Program 2: twice annually 
  • Eastern-Europe Program: 15 January or 30 July

Further information :www.kaad.de

Other scholarships

Target group:

  • This support programme is aimed at young migrants who want to obtain a higher education entrance qualification in Germany, prepare for university studies and aim for an academic career and who live in Germany as refugees, Jewish immigrants or late repatriates or their relatives.
  • You are not older than 30.

 Purpose of the funding:

  • Course costs
  • Learning materials lump sum
  • Travel costs 
  • Living costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Health insurance
  • Tutoring
  • Special costs (translation, recognition of academic achievements, certification)

Application: within the framework of the advisory interview at the Bildungsberatungsstellen

Amount of the funding: depends upon the assistance measure(s) 

Duration of funding: up to a maximum of 30 months

Further information :https://www.obs-ev.de/

Google offers several scholarships.

Further information: https://buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com/scholarships/

“Working-class students” have access to consultation hours or meet-ups with mentors in every city.

For people from Nuremberg and Erlangen, these usually take place every second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. (open consultation hours from 7:00 p.m.) in Kater Murr (Johannesgasse 14, 90402 Nuremberg).

Further information: www.arbeiterkind.de

The following companies make awards, e.g. scholarships, to students:

  • Bayer AG
  • E.ON
  • MLP Finanzberatung SE
  • Siemens AG
  • German Steel Federation

In addition, it has proven to be a good idea to independently and proactively search for scholarships and other funding opportunities on companies’ websites.