External Funding Opportunities
The Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung offers allowances for household help and childcare to female doctoral researchers working in the experimental natural sciences and basic medical research who have children.
The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung supports female students who have just commenced undergraduate studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The award comprises a scholarship as well as additional financial and non-financial support. The foundation also offers scholarships for doctoral researchers.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the foundation has adapted its funding activities. It supports the “Was zählt!” fund for artists and cultural workers at StART.up with €100,000, the “Was zählt!” fund for teaching and learning with €300,000, and the “Kunst kennt keinen Shutdown” aid fund with €100,000.
Deutsche Stiftung Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
The Deutsche Stiftung Frauen-und Geschlechterforschung (foundation for research on women and gender) offers material and immaterial support for research projects on women and gender.
Female Tech Talents Stipendium
The Female Tech Talents grant supports female students and graduates in all departments who are interested in the tech field. It offers financial support and a mentoring program.
Filia—a foundation for women
Filia provides financial support to women's and girls' organizations for projects related to participation and freedom from violence.
Frankfurter Stiftung: maecenia
Every 2 years, the maecenia foundation offers financial support for projects in the arts and academia if the projects serve to increase the presence of women in these areas.
Fritz Thyssen Foundation
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation provides support to research projects and conferences in various areas and awards research grants and print and travel subsidies providing there is a link to the German academic system.
Gertrude J. Robinson Mentoring Program
The Gertrude J. Robinson Mentoring Program is aimed at female postgraduates and postdocs studying mass communications (requires membership in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, DGPuK). The program matches up mentors and mentees ("tandems"), guides and advises, offers 2 workshops, and runs for 1 year.
The Hans Böckler Foundation offers financial and moral support for labor union and social activism in your undergraduate and doctoral studies.
The Hildegardis-Verein awards no-interest student loans to Christian female students in all subject areas, especially in the final phase of their studies.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the Hildegardis-Verein provides immediate coronavirus assistance worth €3000 to Christian female students.
Hochschulperle divers award
Each month, the Stifterverband (donor’s association) presents the Hochschulperle divers award for innovative projects that explore and promote diversity at universities.
Horizonte scholarship program
The two-year "Horizonte" scholarship program is aimed at prospective teaching staff with a migration background who are completing a teacher training degree at Universität Hamburg. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend as well as non-financial support designed to equip award-holders with practical knowledge for their future work in the field of education.
The program is run by the Claussen-Simon Foundation, the Jürgen Sengpiel Stiftung, and the Dürr Stiftung in cooperation with Universität Hamburg and the Hamburg-based network Lehrkräfte mit Migrationsgeschichte (teachers with a migration background).
INPosition offers seminars, workshops, coaching sessions, presentations, and working groups for female academics, particularly postdocs, with a doctorate in all subjects.
This Max Planck Society Excellence program targets highly talented female early career researchers who completed their doctorate in the last 9 years. The Lise Meitner Groups receive their own resources for 5 years and, following an affirmative vote, a permanent W2 position with group equipment and supplies (tenure track procedure) will be offered.
Medienvielfalt, anders Scholarship Program
The Heinrich Böll Stiftung / The Green Political Foundation use the Medienvielfalt, anders scholarship program to financial and moral support to high school students with a migration background and people of color on their way to a career in journalism.
The Otto-Brenner-Stiftung supports projects with a societal or socio-political background. In order to qualify for funding, projects must be associated with the foundation from their very beginning.
Charitable foundations associated with German political parties
Persons with or without a German passport may apply to various charitable foundations associated with German political parties for funding. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation offer funding and support for studies at undergraduate and master's level as well as for doctoral research.
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Pro Exzellenzia 4.0
ProExzellenzia 4.0, Hamburg's career skills center for women, offers scholarships, training, coaching, mentoring, seminars, and workshops for female university graduates, doctoral students, and postdocs in mathematics, informatics, and the natural sciences as well as in art, music, architecture, and the humanities.
Schotstek is a scholarship program for students who have migrated and are studying at a state university in Hamburg, Lüneburg, or Lübeck. The scholarship includes coaching, networking opportunities, and financial support.
World University Service (WUS) Funding Award
The World University Service believes that education is a human right. The organization promotes equality and the dismantling of social inequalities. Every year since 2016, the German-language committee has been awarding final theses (excluding doctoral dissertations) for Diplom, master’s, bachelor’s, and state exam degrees to graduates of German universities regardless of subject area but with a focus on topics related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- education for sustainable development
- global education
- human right to education
In addition to a monetary donation, recipients are offered an opportunity to have all of their submitted work published in the WUS portal’s e-library.