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Scholarship Programs

Scholarship funding is available for highly motivated, high-performing and socially engaged students and doctoral candidates. Thirteen organizations for the support of young talent at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as well as the Federal Ministry of the Interior, award scholarships to committed and talented students and doctoral candidates. Support includes financial and non-financial forms.

How can I get a scholarship?

Information about scholarships and application materials can be found at the respective foundations. At the University of Potsdam, there are advisory services offered by the Division for Planning, Statistics, Research Affairs and Organization, the Central Student Advisory Service, the International Office, and the liaison lecturers. We recommend that you contact students who are currently receiving funding, perhaps via the liaison lecturers.

When is the right time to apply?

You should begin your scholarship application right at the beginning of your studies. As soon as you have been admitted to a degree program, you can send your application materials to the scholarship provider of your choice. At the latest, you should apply by the end of your second semester. It may be too late to do so after that point. This is because foundations typically want to support a student for as long as possible. At least 4 semesters should remain in your studies when you begin receiving your funding. This time often includes a master’s program or doctoral program directly afterwards. Please ask the scholarship provider if they deviate from these rules.

Foundations that provide funding

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft







Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Evangelisches Studienwerk e. V. Villigst



Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

Aufstiegsstipendium für Berufserfahrene