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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:

Affiliated with religious denominations:

Affiliated with political parties:

Affiliated with trade unions:

Affiliated with employers’ associations:

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

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 at the University of Würzburg:
Professor Anke Krüger
Institut für Organische Chemie;
Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
+49 931  31-85334

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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
+49 228 82096-0; fax: +49 228 82096-103
Email: info@studienstiftung.de

Who is eligible for funding?
Particularly gifted and proactive students and doctoral researchers who demonstrate excellent achievements and a strong sense of responsibility.

How do I apply?

Until recently, funding by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes was available only to individuals who were put forward for consideration by their head teacher (in the case of secondary school graduates), one of their teachers at university (in the case of university students; university students must have at least two semesters remaining before the end of the standard length of their programmes), or their thesis supervisor (in the case of doctoral researchers).

In the winter semester 2009/2010, Studienstiftung has started accepting applications submitted by students or doctoral researchers themselves. Students in their 1st or 2nd subject semester are invited to apply and sign up for the selection test at

On that page, you will also find more information about the procedure.

Pre-selected applicants for funding under other programmes or doctoral scholarships will be invited for personal interviews. The final decision on who is awarded funding will be made by independent committees. The applicants’ political opinions, beliefs, religious affiliations, gender as well as economic and social backgrounds will not be taken into consideration.

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Liaisons at the University of Würzburg:

Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Dabauvalle
(Principal liaison)
Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
+49 931 31-88055

Prof. Dr. Esther Asan
Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie, Köllikerstraße 6, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82715

Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Bauer
Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Oberdürrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Würzburg
+49 931 201-39011

Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauer
Lehrstuhl für Geographie I -Physische Geographie-, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
+49 931 31-85555

Prof. Dr. Michael Erler
Institut für klassische Philologie, Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82820

Prof. Dr. Dag-Nikolaus Hasse
Institut für Philosophie, Residenzplatz 2, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82850

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kinzel
Institut für theoretische Physik, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg
+49 931 888-85130

Prof. Dr. Cordula Matthies
Neurochirurgie (Universitätsklinikum)
Haus B1, Josef-Schneider-Straße 11, 97080 Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schmahl LL.M. (E)
Lehrstuhl für deutsches und ausländisches öffentliches Recht, Völkerrecht und Europarecht, Alte Universität, Domerschulstraße 16, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82323

Prof. Dr. Christian Wolfgang Stigloher
Abteilung für Elektronenmikroskopie am Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Joachim Suerbaum
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, insbesondere Verwaltungsrecht, Alte Universität, Domerschulstraße 16, 97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-82897

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Weigand
Lehrstuhl für Mathematik V (Didaktik der Mathematik), Emil-Fischer-Straße 30, 97074 Würzburg
+49 931 31-85091

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