Scholarships and foundations offer a good possibility for at least partial financing of your studies. To obtain funding, you do not always need a transcript with top grades. There are scholarships and foundations that will also support you for your competencies, such as in journalism, or in another area, such as having extensive international experience.
The adjacent box contains some links that will help you with general information about scholarships and foundations. The sites will also let you research which stipend you have the best chance of obtaining. The following is a detailed of potential sources of support and currently designated contacts for each.
Avicenna Academic Scholarships [de]
For muslim undergraduates and doctoral studentes
Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Academic Foundation (ELES) [de]
Support for outstanding Jewish students
German Academic Scholarship Foundation e.V.
The foundation assists students who by ability, initiative, and responsible conduct are far above average for their age group. Candidates have to be recommended for acceptance by the foundation. However, you can apply directly by taking a screening test. Information on applying via screening test [de].
Liaison lecturers at the University of Stuttgart: Professor Frank Allgöwer, Prof. Gert Denninger, Prof. Jan Knippers, Prof. Paul J. Kühn, Prof. Ralf Mattes, Prof. Ortwin Renn, Prof. Kurt Rothermel, Prof. Walter Schönwandt (chief liaison), Prof. Bernhard Weigand, Prof. Nadine Riedel (University of Hohenheim)
Financial aid program by the Society of German Engineers for engineering students
Scholarships for students of economics and related fields
SBB 'Aufstiegsstipendium' [de]
The financial aid program sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research through SBB assists talented individuals with work experience to obtaining their first university degree with so-called 'advancement scholarships'. See more information [de] and the next application deadlines [de] in this flyer.
Femtec.Network is a cooperation between leading technical universities and various firms with the Femtec.University Career Center for Women.
Hildegardis Society [de]
The Society supports Christian women with interest-free loans regardless of their specialization and career goals - with special focus on advanced educational stages.
Telekom Foundation: MINT Teaching Scholarships
Scholarships for students preparing to teach mathematics, computer science, physics, primary school history, geography, and science/integrated natural sciences and/or engineering (including NwT).
Apply directly to Deutsche Telekom Foundation before January 15.
College of Further Education of the German Business Foundation (SDW) [de]
Scholarships for the teachers of tomorrow
Apply through Prof. Horst Haberhauer, liaison lecturer at the University of Esslingen
Institute of Promoting Journalistic Talent (IFP) [de]
IFP's training program for individuals training to be journalists while studying is directed towards Catholic students in all academic specialties who want to go into journalism after completing their studies.
Application: every May 31
Journalism Academy of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation [de]
The Journalism Academy is a three-year program of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to train journalists while they are still university students.
Application deadlines: January 15 and July 1
Ağabey-Abla Scholarship and Mentoring Program [de]
Sponsored by Stuttgart's German-Turkish Forum for outstanding and motivated German-Turkish high school and university students from the Stuttgart region.