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Various organisations in Germany specifically aim to foster young talent. Thirteen of these funding organisations have come together to form StipendiumPlus under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to support especially talented students and young researchers.

Support for Students and PhD Students

The organisations for the promotion of young talent that formed StipendiumPlus support students 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.

Support Measures

These funding organisations provide doctoral scholarships for students and PhD students who have promising research projects. They also offer personal support, seminars, conferences and training courses.

Facts & Figures

  • In 2014, StipendiumPlus provided scholarships to a total of 26,900 undergraduates and 4,100 PhD students

  • The BMBF supports these organisations with roughly 233 million euro a year (2015)


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). In 2015, the Federal Government made available 233 million euros for these funding organisations.




Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Begabtenförderungswerke der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Responsible organisation in 2016

Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung e. V.


Lazarettstraße 33

80636 München



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+49 89 1258-0


StipendiumPlus: Funding for PhD Students

StipendiumPlus: Funding for PhD Students

As a rule, StipendiumPlus organisations support international PhD students who are enrolled at German higher education institutions. More StipendiumPlus: Funding for PhD Students