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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 244 million euros for these organisations’ support programmes (2016). This funding is used to award over 30,000 scholarships.

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.

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

  • In 2014, StipendiumPlus organisations provided scholarships to a total of 26,900 undergraduates and 4,100 PhD students. As a result, the number of federally funded scholarships awarded by these bodies almost doubled compared to 2003.

  • In 2016, the BMBF allocated 244 million euros to these organisations.


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 2016

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