The website offers information about the scholarship programmes of 13 organisations (Begabtenförderungswerke) in Germany that aim to foster young talent and are supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The BMBF provides roughly 266 million euros for these organisations’ support programmes.  This funding is used to award approx. 33,000 scholarships.

Support for undergraduates and PhD students

The organisations for the promotion of young talent that formed StipendiumPlus support undergraduates and especially qualified doctoral students. The various organisations have different emphases depending on the goals of the respective foundation. As a rule, their funding opportunities are aimed at Germans and foreigners who live in Germany. However, all 13 of these funding organisations also support international students who would like to complete a PhD at a higher education institution in Germany.

Backed by the BMBF, these organisations provide intellectual and financial support to contribute to the development of highly qualified and responsible personalities. The different organisations reflect the diverse range of philosophical, denominational, political and business- or trade union-oriented currents in Germany. The individual organisations are:

Facts & Figures

Scholarships for 29,000 undergraduates and 4,000 PhD students (2016)  

244 million euros are provided by the Federal Government (2016)


The varied nature of these organisations and their sponsors is also reflected in their finances. However, most of the budget is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Federal Government made available 244 million euros for these funding organisations in 2016.



Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Begabtenförderungswerke der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Responsible organisation in 2018
Hans-Böckler-Straße 39
40476 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 221 7778-0