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Current Funding Opportunities

DBU grants for doctoral researchers

The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation) awards grants to doctoral researchers.

The DBU, Europe’s largest foundation promoting environmental protection, awards grants to help fund doctoral projects that address environmental issues. Since 1992, the DBU has funded more than 1,300 doctoral projects, more than 80% of which were successfully completed. More than 80% of the grant holder who successfully completed their doctorates received summa cum laude or magna cum laude grades.

Who is eligible to apply to apply? Graduates from all disciplines

  • who have demonstrated above-average achievement,
  • whose doctoral projects aim to develop solutions to environmental problems, and
  • who are conducting their doctoral research at a university in Germany.

Click here for more information.

Applications are usually accepted from 1 March to 15 June and from 1 October to 15 January of each year.

The DATEV-Stiftung Zukunft Doctoral Thesis Award

The DATEV-Stiftung Zukunft Foundation invites applications for its doctoral thesis award.

Named after the co-founder and honorary CEO of DATEV eG, the Dr. Heinz Sebiger Award recognises doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality in the fields of digitalisation, data protection/IT security, and cooperatives. The total prize money of €10,000 may be split between up to three winners. The Award is open to doctoral researchers from the disciplines of business management and economics, business information systems, and law.

For more information, go to the

website (available in German only).

Applications and supporting documents must have been received by the DATEV-Stiftung Zukunft Foundation by 31 May of each year. Applications received after that deadline may be considered in the following year’s competition, provided that they meet the applicable criteria.

The Fulbright Commission’s Leaders in Entrepreneurship Programme

Three weeks in March

Innovation is often the result of the work of engineers. Combining the fields of engineering and entrepreneurship, the Fulbright Commissions’s Leaders in Entrepreneurship programme is designed to encourage students pursuing technical or engineering degrees to see starting a business as a good career option.

Up to 24 students will be given the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the engineering programme at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, USA, and experience campus life at a US university. The programme focuses on the fields of entrepreneurship and engineering and how they interrelate with the fields of business and marketing. In addition, it equips students with soft skills such as team working, presentation, and English speaking skills.

Applications usually close in mid-October of each year.

More information (available in German only)


e-fellows.net fellowships

(law, business management and economics, natural sciences, engineering)

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Stiftungsverwaltung Bürgerspital z. Hl. Geist
Ms Sabine Förster
Theaterstraße 19, 97070 Würzburg.

- Rechtsanwalt-Richard-Schmitt-Stiftung -  (website available in German only)

Who is eligible to apply?
The foundation supports orphan or half-orphan students who have been living in Würzburg for at least 10 years.
Since 2011, the scholarship has also been open to orphan or half-orphan students who have been enrolled in a programme at a higher education institution in Würzburg for at least three years and whose principal residence is in the city of Würzburg.

How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted directly from eligible students.

Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds

Who is eligible to apply?
Talented students who are willing to take on responsibility within society.

How do I apply?
Applications are accepted twice a year:
from 1 February to 1 March and from 1 August to 1 September.
Please do not submit your application documents outside of those periods.

Address: Stadtwaldgürtel 18, 50931 Köln
Email: sandra.grzesiek@stiftungsfonds.org

Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds (website available in German only)

Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe

Who is eligible to apply?
The foundation provides financial assistance to top athletes from German national sports federations as well as outstanding sporting talents.

How do I apply?
Please submit your application via your sports federation.

Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (website available in German only)
Burnitzstraße 42, 60596 Frankfurt/Main