Various scholarships are available to students. A brief overview is given here to show what options are available. More information is given on the German language page and on other web sites on the Internet.
Public scholarships for outstanding students
The German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) offers eleven different types of scholarships, with a range of political and denominational aspects. A German language brochure is available at
Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
The largest and oldest scholarship fund. Politically and denominationally neutral.
A foundation with ties to the CDU political party for students of the fine arts or music.
A foundation with ties to the SPD political party for all students, especially those who are economically poor or have an immigration background.
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
A foundation with ties to the FDP political party open to all students without age limit.
A foundation with ties to the CSU political party for students 32 years old or less studying the fine arts or music.
A foundation with ties to the Green political party for all students, especially women or those with an immigration background.
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
A foundation with ties to the „DIE LINKE“ political party for all students, especially women, underprivileged or disabled students.
a foundation with ties to German unions for all students, especially those with an immigration background.
Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
A foundation with ties to German employer associations for all students, especially those with the ambition to further their management and leadership skills.
A foundation with ties to the Catholic Church.
Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst
A foundation with ties to the Protestant Church.
Organisations to promote studying abroad
The Fulbright-Kommission offers scholarship for students studying in the United States. The primary purpose is not for students to obtain an academic degree.
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
The DAAD gives German students the opportunity to study abroad and to develop their academic personality.
The Heinrich Hertz foundation was founded by the state of Northrhein-Westfalia for students studying abroad.
The Erasmus program offers students of the RUB to study from 3 to 12 months at an Erasmus partner university without financial fees.
Support for German students in STEM courses.
The programm Aufstiegsstipendium supports students with a vocational background.
Zentrale Studienberatung der RUB
A colllection of links to scholarships can be found at this university site.
In 2006, this consumer magazine compared scholarships available at that time.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Begabtenförderungswerke in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Scholarships for intellectually gifted students.
Datenbank des Bundesverbands Deutscher Stiftungen
A database of scholarship sites.
This site presents students with a non-academic background that have successfully completed their studies by scholarships.