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The 13 Begabtenförderungswerk Scholarship Organisations

Committed to helping develop tomorrow’s leaders, the Begabtenförderungswerk scholarship organisations provide financial and non-financial support to gifted students. The organisations are co-funded by the German Federal Government and are affiliated with different religious denominations or political parties, with trade unions, or with employers’ associations. See below for details of the individual organisations:

Not affiliated with any religious denomination, political party, etc.:

Affiliated with religious denominations:

Affiliated with political parties:

Affiliated with trade unions:

Affiliated with employers’ associations:

More information on these organisations, the funding opportunities they offer as well as eligibility criteria for funding can be found on the StipendiumPlus website.


Große Hamkenstraße 19, 49074 Osnabrück, +49 541 506 99 14 14

Avicenna-Studienwerk is the most recently founded Begabtenförderungswerk scholarship organisation.

Who is eligible for funding?
Talented Muslim students and doctoral researchers in all disciplines who are committed to making a difference and giving back to the community.


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 Cusanuswerk e.V. - Bischöfliche Studienförderung
Baumschulallee 5, 53115 Bonn
+49 228 98384-0; fax: +49 228 98384-99

Who is eligible for funding?
Particularly gifted German Catholic students and doctoral researchers (in their 2nd subject semester or beyond) of all disciplines. If certain conditions are met, the organisation also supports international students or doctoral researchers.


Liaison at the University of Würzburg:
Prof. Dr. Martin Faßnacht-Capeller
Medizinische Klinik;
Oberdürrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Würzburg
+49 931 201-39201

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Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk e.V.
Postfach 120852 · 10598 Berlin
+49 30 3199 8170-0; fax: +49 30 3199 8170-99

Who is eligible for funding?
Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk awards scholarships to particularly gifted and committed students and doctoral researchers with a personal, religious, or professional connection to Judaism.

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Evangelisches Studienwerk
Haus Villigst
Iserlohner Str. 25, 58239 Schwerte
+49 2304) 755-196; fax: +49 2304 755-250

Who is eligible for funding?
Evangelisches Studienwerk supports students of all subjects at universities and universities of applied sciences throughout Germany.

Eligibility criteria

Liaison lecturer for students at the University of Würzburg:

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Godesberger Allee 149; 53175 Bonn
+49 228 883 - 0; fax: +49 228 883 - 9225

Who is eligible for funding?
Outstandingly gifted students and doctoral researchers from Germany and abroad who share social democratic values.


Liaison for students of the University of Würzburg:

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Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Karl-Marx-Str. 2, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
+49 331 7019-0; fax: +49 331 7019-222

Who is eligible for funding?
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports both German and international students and doctoral researchers.

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Hanns Seidel Foundation
- Institut für Begabtenförderung -
Lazarettstraße 33, 80636 München
+49 89 1258-0; fax: +49 89 1258-403

Who is eligible for funding?
The Hanns Seidel Foundation supports German students and international students holding a German higher education entrance qualification (§ 8 BAföG) of all disciplines that are enrolled as regular students in a programme at a public or state-approved higher education institution in Germany. In addition, the foundation supports graduates who have the personal and academic qualities it takes to deliver outstanding research as a doctoral candidate and make a significant contribution to research.

Eligibility criteria

Liaisons at the University of Würzburg:

Professorin Dr. Anja Amend-Traut
Lehrstuhl für Deutsche und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht und Bürgerliches Recht;
Domerschulstr. 16, 97070 Würzburg, (0931) 31-82320

Prof. Dr. Matthias Stickler
Institut für Geschichte
Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, +49 931 31-88330 or 31-88332

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Hans Böckler Foundation
Hans-Böckler-Straße 39, 40476 Düsseldorf
+49 211 7778-0; fax: +49 211 7778-120

Who is eligible for funding?
The foundation supports students who are willing to take on responsibility within society, demonstrate good or excellent academic achievements, and are eligible for financial assistance under the BAföG Act. The core criteria for awards are good or excellent academic achievements as well as connections to a trade union and/or commitment to a socio-political cause.
The foundation also supports highly talented doctoral researchers of all disciplines who have a connection to a trade union and/or are committed to a socio-political cause.

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Applications must be submitted via a web portal.

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Heinrich Böll Foundation
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e,V,
Schumannstr. 108, 10117 Berlin
+49 30 28534-0; fax: +49 30 28534-109

Who is eligible for funding?
The foundation expects above-average academic achievements and a willingness to take on responsibility within society.

In addition to its traditional focus on the humanities, social sciences, arts and cultural studies, the foundation is now increasingly supporting individuals in previously underrepresented disciplines such as business management and economics, law, technology, media studies, and the natural sciences. The foundation is also committed to promoting equal opportunity and addressing underrepresentation of women and individuals with a migrational background in academia.

In addition to material support, the Heinrich Böll Foundation provides non-material support and fosters the integration of its scholarship holders into networks. It encourages sociopolitical debate, fosters the professional development of its scholarship holders, and encourages the development of skills they will find useful in the workplace.

How do I apply?
Information on what requirements you will have to meet and what documents you will have to submit is available on the foundation’s website. Applications must be submitted by 1 March and 1 September of each year.

Liaison at the University of Würzburg:

Dr. Thomas Kestler
Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft und Systemlehre am Institut für Politikwissenschaft und Soziologie
Wittelsbacherplatz 1, 97074 Würzburg, +49 931 31- 81280

For more information, please get in touch with Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
         - Begabtenförderung -
Rathausallee 12, 53757 St. Augustin
+49 2241 246-0; fax: +49 2241 246-2591

Who is eligible for funding?
German students who have just started their programmes; German graduates; international students who have already completed a degree in a country other than Germany.

How do I apply?
Applications to be submitted by students and graduates. The programme is only open to individuals aged 32 or under.

Liaison at the University of Würzburg:

Professor Dr. Kyrill-Alexander Schwarz
Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie;
Josef-Stangl Platz 2 (Alte Industrie- und Handelskammer), 97070 Würzburg, (0931) 31-82335

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Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung e.V.
Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin
+49 30 44310-0; fax: +49 30 44310-1188

Who is eligible for funding?
Students who belong to the group of persons identified in Section 8 BAföG and have at least four semesters remaining before graduation as well as graduates of any nationality. Applicants should be committed to a social or political cause and demonstrate excellent academic achievements. Women who demonstrate exceptional financial need will be given preferential consideration.

How do I apply?
For information, please go to the foundation’s website.

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Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
     - Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann -
Breite Straße 29, 10178 Berlin
+49 30 2033-0; fax: +49 30 2033-1555

Who is eligible for funding?
Academically excellent and proactive students and doctoral researchers who demonstrate a commitment to the community and a desire to make a difference. Qualities looked for in applicants include:

* A commitment to the community
* Determination
* Interpersonal skills
* A sound general knowledge
* Networked thinking skills
* Communication skills
* Above-average academic achievements

How do I apply?
Please apply via the liaison at your university.

Liaison at the University of Würzburg:
Professor Dr. Dominik Burkard
Institut für Historische Theologie
Sanderring 2, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82289; fax: +49 931 31-87149

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Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Ahrstraße 41; 53175 Bonn
(0228) 82096-0; Fax (0228) 82096-103

Sponsorship programme:

Particularly talented students and doctoral candidates who are characterised by performance, initiative and a sense of responsibility.
Independent commissions decide on admission to the Studienstiftung. Political convictions, ideology, religion, gender, economic and social aspects play no role in the selection process.

Please note that not all linked pages are available in English. Where possible, we used the English pages, otherwise we referred to the German pages.

Formal requirements for admission to the Studienstiftung:

Selection criteria:

Access routes to the Studienstiftung for students:

There are three different entry routes for admission to the Studienstiftung:

1. self-application
Students in the 1st or 2nd semester of an undergraduate degree programme can apply independently for a Studienstiftung scholarship without being nominated.
Further information can be found here:

2. nomination by the examination office
Students in the 3rd or 4th semester of an undergraduate degree programme who belong to the top group (top 2%) of a degree programme are nominated for admission to the Studienstiftung by the university's examination office or (in the case of state examination degree programmes) by the state examination offices for medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. The number of persons who may be proposed for admission to the Studienstiftung by the examination offices depends on the size of the respective degree programme. The proposal is submitted directly to the Studienstiftung by the examination offices. Proposed students will be contacted by the Studienstiftung.
You can find information on the proposal by the examination office here:
If you have any questions, please contact your examination office directly:

3. nomination by a university lecturer
All professors at the University of Würzburg are eligible to nominate candidates, provided they are a habilitated academic member of the faculty or have an equivalent status (e.g. junior professor, senior lecturer, private lecturer).
Students on undergraduate degree programmes who have completed their second semester can be nominated. In the state examination degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, a nomination is only possible after successful completion of the first section of the state examination.
The Studienstiftung accepts proposals from university lecturers all year round.
All information on nominations by university lecturers can be found on the following Studienstiftung website:

Access routes to the Studienstiftung for doctoral students:

Information on doctoral funding and the funding programmes can be found under the following link:
Doctoral students from all subject areas can apply for doctoral funding with the support of their supervisor. Applications can be submitted at any time and are not subject to any specific deadlines.
Further information on self-application for doctoral funding from the Studienstiftung:
Information on selection criteria and the forms for applying for doctoral funding can be found here:


The following contact persons are pleased to be available to you:

  • Student ambassadors at the University of Würzburg:

You can contact the student ambassadors Carolin Kurth and Patrick Schurk at the following email address if you have any questions about the Studienstiftung:

The Studienstiftung ambassadors encourage pupils to take up a course of study and provide information about student funding, scholarships and application opportunities at the Studienstiftung during school visits and at school and university fairs. 

They want to lower the inhibition threshold for applying to the Studienstiftung and, in particular, address first-time university graduates and students with a migration background. The aim is to motivate interested pupils and students to apply to the Studienstiftung themselves and to encourage candidates who have already been put forward for the Studienstiftung to actually submit their application.

  • Scholarship holder spokespersons of the University of Würzburg:

You can contact the spokespersons Paulina Jurklies, Jakob Manger and Johannes Walter at the following e-mail address:

Once a year, the scholarship holders of the university group elect 3 scholarship holder spokespersons as representatives (in Würzburg). The spokespersons organise and coordinate the activities/events at the university location in order to promote networking among the scholarship holders. They also act as contact persons for scholarship holders, liaison lecturers and the office. They are also available to answer questions from all interested students.

  • If you have any questions about eligibility and funding, please contact the liaison lecturers at the University of Würzburg:

Lead liaison lecturer and liaison lecturer for the Faculty of Law:

Prof Dr Joachim Suerbaum
Chair of Public Law, notably Administrative Law, Old University, Domerschulstraße 16, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-82897

Faculty of Arts:

Prof Dr Roland Baumhauer
Senior Professorship for Geography, Institute of Geography and Geology, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
(0931) 31-85555

Prof. Dr Mary Ann Snyder-Körber
Chair of American Studies, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
(0931) 31-86839

Faculty of Biology:

Prof. Dr Christian Stigloher
Central Department of Microscopy, Biocentre, Theodor Boveri Institute for Biosciences, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
(0931) 31-89850

Faculty of Business Management and Economics:

Please contact a liaison lecturer from another faculty.

Faculty of Catholic Theology:

Prof. Dr Barbara Schmitz
Chair of Old Testament and Biblical-Oriental Languages, Bibrastraße 14, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-86089

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy:

Please contact a liaison lecturer from another faculty.

Faculty of Human Sciences:

Prof Dr Anne Böckler-Raettig
Institute of Psychology, Röntgenring 11, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-80506

Prof Dr Dag Nikolaus Hasse
Chair of History of Philosophy, Residenzplatz 2, Court of Honour, South Wing, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-82850

Faculty of Law:

Prof. Dr Wolfram Buchwitz
Chair of Civil Law, Roman Law, Historical Comparative Law and Civil Procedure, Old University, Domerschulstraße 16, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-82404

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science:

Please contact a liaison lecturer from another faculty.

Faculty of Medicine:

Prof Dr Dr Wolfgang Bauer
Medical Clinic and Polyclinic I, Centre for Internal Medicine (ZIM), Oberdürrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Würzburg
(0931) 201-39011

Prof Dr Florian Kleefeldt
Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Koellikerstraße 6, 97070 Würzburg
(0931) 31-80681

Prof Dr Maik Luu
University Hospital, Lehrstuhl für Zelluläre Immuntherapie, Versbacher Str. 5, 97078 Würzburg
(0931) 201-71098

Prof Dr Cordula Matthies
Neurosurgical Clinic and Polyclinic, Building B1, Josef-Schneider-Straße 11, 97080 Würzburg
(0931) 201-24808

Faculty of Physics and Astronomy:

Prof. Dr Ronny Thomale
Chair of Theoretical Physics I, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
(0931) 31-86225

  • Contact person for advice and support with the application:

Margarete Pauli (Career Centre):

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