The difference between Germany and other countries is that Germany rarely awards scholarships. Instead, universities help student foundations and research associations when funding is sparse. Only two percent of students receive this alternate financial aid, therefor available funds are not always fully used. Studierendenwerk helps and consults students over the different types of funding.

In the following you will find some scholarships that are available to you in Freiburg:

During the 2020/21 winter semester Studierendenwerk will award up to four scholarships to students, who have been socially engaged and have shown exemplary volunteer work, for example: those who have assisted international students, taken part in student groups or committees with a school or university, or helped with refugee or neighbourhood assistance.

The scholarship awards a monthly stipend of 250 € per month and is limited to two semesters. Awarded scholarships are based on the proposal and recommendation of universities, associations, private individuals, and other such institutions. One may not recommend themselves. The call for tenders will take place at the end of March. Proposals are accepted until 15 June 2020.

More information and the proposal form can be found in the information box on the right.

Attention: The current Freiburg World Citizen-Scholarship has already been awarded

  1. In cooperation with the Stiftungsverwaltung Freiburg lobt die Kant-Stiftung®  with the support of the Studierendenwerks Freiburg is offering a generally two-year „Freiburg World Citizen-Scholarship“  of 500 € per month for a final professional qualification in the sense of the Canton's World Citizen Concept, which is intended to contribute and enable "bridge-building" (or peaceful-constructive cooperation) between different cultures, nations and social strata.
  2. The scholarship can only be awarded for a state examination, a master's degree or a doctorate at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the PH Freiburg or the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
  3. The scholarship programme is aimed at advanced foreign students in need of financial aid (e.g. with a migration background) or advanced German students with a parent from a non-European culture (or special intercultural influences of another kind) who appear to be suitable to work on international projects or to carry out integration work in Germany/Europe.
  4. For an application students are required to know several languages and to provide training or study certificates which ensur a successful completion of an academic professional qualification and show a commitment in the sense of the cosmopolitan promotion objective.
  5. Applications must be sent to the Studierendenwerk Freiburg with a CV, a photograph and relevant supporting documents (i.e. proof of professional and social qualifications, e.g. participation in an international project, as well as recommendations by academic teachers or by church or state institutions promoting education and science or development cooperation).
  6. The Studierendenwerk Freiburg is authorised by the Kant-Stiftung® to publicize the award of this scholarship, to accept applications and to make a preselection. If there is more than one suitable application, the Executive Board of the Kant-Stiftung® (possibly with the involvement of the Board of Trustees) will make a decision - after the pre-selection of a maximum of three candidates by the Studierendenwerk Freiburg and excluding any legal action. The board then forwards the scholarship holder's data (including account data) to the Foundation Administration Freiburg, which then takes over and secures the monthly remittances.
  7. The "Freiburg Weltbürger-Stipendium" begins at the earliest in the winter semester 2019/2020 and ends after 2 years, only to be awarded again. The scholarship holders are obliged to attend the annual scholarship holder meeting of the Freiburg Foundation Administration and to submit a short written report each year.

Studierendenwerk holds an annual information day providing information about scholarships and on how to receive this type of funding.

Many students are inadequately informed about the complex scholarship system. The information day aims to make the system more transparent. It is also an opportunity for different funding foundations to present themselves.

The last Scholarship Information Day was held on Saturday, 23th of November 2019 at the Mensa Institutsviertel.