Organisations for the promotion of young talent

There are 13 Organisations for the Promotion of Young Talent (Begabtenförderungswerke) in Germany, which grant scholarships for doctoral candidates. They are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The different organisations are close to different German political parties, churches or social partners. They differ from each other in the way they select their grant holders, and in the ideals they promote and ways of promoting them. The amount of financial support is the same among all 13 organisations, but it varies according to the individual applicant's situation.

For an overview on the similarities and differences of the 13 major German Organisations for the Promotion of Young Talent see http://www.stipendiumplus.de. The internet portal informs about requirements and performances of the individual institutions, about procedures of the application as well as about specific offers for particular target groups.

Every Organisation for the Promotion of Young Talent has liaison professors at the different German universities. Here is a list with the liaison professors of the funding bodies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Currently, there exist the following 13 organisations in Germany:

Independent organisation

Politically associated organisations

* You are considered to be an academic national ("Bildungsinländer") if you received your university entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school in a different country, no matter what your nationality is. If you received this qualification at a non-German educational institution, you are considered a foreign student ("Bildungsausländer").

Organisations supported by social partners

Denomination-based organisations

  • Avicenna-Studienwerk - Promotion of Muslim doctoral candidates with German citizenship
    Application deadline: 1 Apr and 1 Oct (other deadlines are to be announced) (EU-citizens with German language skills (Level C1/DHS-3) and Bildungsinländer* only)
  • Cusanuswerk - Bischöfliche Studienförderung
    Application deadline 3 January, 18 July (EU-citizens and Bildungsinländer* only)
  • Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich-Studienwerk - Promotion of Jewish doctoral candidates
    Applications are possible at any time (EU-citizens and Bildungsinländer* only)
  • Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst
    Application deadline 1 June and 1 Dec

* You are considered to be an academic national ("Bildungsinländer") if you received your university entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school in a different country, no matter what your nationality is. If you received this qualification at a non-German educational institution, you are considered a foreign student ("Bildungsausländer").

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