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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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We promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

  • Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner.
  • If you are a scientist or scholar from Germany you can profit from our support and carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of more than 30,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide - the Humboldtians.
  • As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy we promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

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The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is a public foundation – an independent, non-profit organization for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. We support excellent scientists worldwide who elucidate the basic phenomena of human life and push the boundaries of our knowledge through experimental research. We believe that a stimulating environment, scientific freedom, and a sound financial basis are essential to the development of great scientific ideas and discoveries.

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Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)

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The FES is the oldest political foundation in Germany. It is named after Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected Reich President. As a party affiliated foundation, we orient our work on the basic values ​​of social democracy: freedom, justice and solidarity. As a non-profit institution, we act independently and want to promote pluralistic social dialogue on the political challenges of the present.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation is committed to the basic values ​​of social democracy - freedom, justice and solidarity. Fair access to educational opportunities is therefore an important concern of our student funding. Without support, many young people find it difficult to assert themselves at a university, even though they have a talent for it. Here we make a contribution.

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Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. With the safeguarding and the development of its statutory projects (civic education and dialogue, sponsorship of the talented, research and political consultation, archive-work), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation wants to contribute to shaping the future.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports enthusiastic, curious and cosmopolitan people. We support personalities with academic talent in all disciplines - during their studies and during their doctorate. Our sponsors actively advocate liberal values ​​and an open society. You take responsibility for yourself and others.

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers.

Since it was founded in 1925, around 2.6 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

In 2019, the DAAD funded more than 145.000 German and international scholars worldwide. The funding offers range from a year abroad for undergraduates to doctoral programmes, from internships to visiting lectureships, and from information gathering visits to assisting with the establishment of new universities abroad.

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Heinrich Böll Foundation

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Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con­flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. We maintain close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, we are part of an international net­work encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approxi­mately 60 countries.

The scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to graduates, and doctoral students from outside Germany.

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Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

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We are proud to bear the name of Konrad Adenauer. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany’s name and principles are our guidelines, duty, and obligation. Established in 1955 as “Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education”, the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor in 1964.

At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships to international master students and graduates in order to enable study and research at universities in Germany. This way, we actively promote intercultural dialogues, the formation of international networks as well as the internationalization of universities and science.

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Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

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The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the six major political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany, tasked primarily with conducting political education both at home and abroad. The foundation is closely linked to Die Linke, the German Left Party.

Since its founding in 1990, the foundation’s work has adhered to the legacy of its namesake, German socialist leader Rosa Luxemburg, and seeks to represent democratic socialism with an unwavering internationalist focus. The foundation is committed to a radical perspective emphasizing public awareness, enlightenment and social critique. It stands in the tradition of the workers' and women's movements, as well as anti-fascism and anti-racism.

The Scholarship Department of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung awards financial grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and doctoral students from Germany and abroad who evidence high levels of social and political engagement.

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The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM

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Since 2001 the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung has supported the international exchange of students and young vocationally qualified people by awarding the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM. You are all part of a living network. Because the award of the scholarship is the start of an active relationship of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung with its alumni, a whole life long, if they so wish.

With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung enables both young people from Baden-Württemberg to spend some time abroad and invites foreign scholarship holders to get to know Baden-Württemberg. For this purpose they receive a scholarship amounting to up to EUR 1,400 per month for a maximum of eleven months. Since the exchange figures in the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM with the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries) as well as the Least Developed Countries (LDC) were very low, the Baden-Württemberg Foundation has additionally supported this networking with the regional development component (REK) since 2017.

When their placement is confirmed and in particular after their return from their time abroad, the scholarship holders are supported ideally and integrated into a comprehensive international network in which people from the widest range of disciplines and cultures can contact each other. In the Regional Chapters, via the exclusive online portal BWS-World and at numerous networking events in Baden-Württemberg and beyond, the scholarship holders can network with each other and further enhance their professional and personal skills. In this way the scholarship holders help shape the "Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM" network themselves and profit both professionally and personally from the diversity of the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM

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