Postgraduate Studies: Scholarships and Funding


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However, BAföG is not the only way to get a state education financed by the state. The state also helps you in a different way to finance a postgraduate course. A starting point is the Federal Agency for Labor.

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Legal regulations

However, there is a problem here: There are no clear legal regulations that tell you whether you get money from the employment agency or not. Rather, the work consultant is responsible for advising and financing training. Make an appointment for a personal meeting.

However, you should not go into the conversation completely unprepared, but take note of some things and know under what circumstances the Federal Agency promotes further training at all.

What exactly does the employment agency promote?

The employment agency promotes only two types of further training: The training measures according to §48 and §421i SGB III (constructional studies are, however, generally not covered by this) and continuing vocational training according to §77 ff SGB III.

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In addition, the Agencies for Work can expand the possibilities offered by the statutory active promotion of employment through free services of active employment promotion. (Free support according to §10 SGB III).

Measures to improve the integration prospects:

The so-called training measures in the employment agency jargon are officially called "measures to improve the prospects of integration". They usually last no longer than twelve weeks, are intended to support you in your career orientation and improve your chances of finding a job, for example through languageCourses, application coaching or business start-up advice. This funding is therefore generally not an option for a postgraduate course.

Promoting Continuing Vocational Training:

In addition to the training, the employment agency then offers the “real” further training measures, which according to the SGB are known as “promoting professional further training”. You can also receive these grants for postgraduate studies if you are entitled to or receive unemployment benefit.

For this, you must have worked for at least 12 for at least XNUMX months in the last two years. Or you will receive unemployment benefit II. However, you do not have any legal claim for further training or training. You can only hope that you will be granted this measure and that you will be able to convince them accordingly.

funding programs

For many postgraduateCourses, there are funding programs and scholarships from private foundations and Company.

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With around 700 links the foundation index is currently the most extensive collection of German foundations.

Where can I find scholarships?

In addition to the well-known and large-scale foundations, a large number of smaller and less well-known funding initiatives can be found.

However, many of them are very small and promote specific, narrow criteria, eg only for specific areas or only people from a region. The database also provides information on foreign foundations with a focus on the USA.

selection criteria

The selection does not always count only outstanding notes. And in fact, some foundations have difficulties to get rid of their money. In addition to the foundation index, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, a database for study and travel scholarships, as well as the Federal Association of German Foundations, is also an important starting point for further funding.

In addition, there are numerous companies which primarily promote MBA courses. For example, BASF supports the participants in the international management study program European MBA at Mannheim Business School with scholarships ranging from 10 000 to 19 500 € per participant. The scholarship holders come from within Germany and abroad and from various disciplines.

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How to get the scholarships?

The scholarships were not distributed, but were selected by the university and scholarship holders from the circle of those who were able to win one of the 17 study places after an extensive selection procedure.

And the "Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft Berlin" also awards scholarships for a women's MBA program. The scholarship holders are supported in the financing of the two-year postgraduate studies with 5.000 Euro and learn application-related knowledge and important management skills, which help women to get into leadership positions.


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  1. Diana Borra

    Thank you for your great article on student financing. This is a really important topic and it is good to see that it gets attention here. Keep it up!

  2. Alex

    Very annoying, that here paragraphs are called, which are no longer current. Either update, or take off the net!

    • Simone Janson

      Hi Alex,
      it is clearly readable a date with the contribution. A blog has now a chronological order and for reasons of transparency, old contributions should be legible even after years.

  3. Simone Janson

    Hello Frank,
    First of all, I have to forward that I can not and will not give a personal assessment of the case because of the legal services law, but only some further information. Perhaps however one of the Mitleser personal experiences.
    Here is a link to another post on the subject of an education voucher - which shows that you have no legal right to an education voucher, regardless of unemployment benefit.
    This means however also reverse, that the educational voucher does not necessarily depend on the ALG I, as one can read here very nicely:
    As far as the claim of ALG I is concerned during the studies, an additional employment may not exceed 15 hours per week:
    In this context, I find it legally interesting that the BA has recently started paying for further training during short-time work: - but only marginally.

    Still have to think about whether there are other ways of financing:
    Meister-BAföG:
    An educational loan:
    Or a BAföG loan:
    There are also scholarships, educational checks)
    Some funding is also available here: http://www.foerderdatenbank.de
    For scholarships, there is usually an age limit, so around the 30. Otherwise, you have to google or go to the university.
    Many greetings and good luck
    Simone Janson

  4. Frank

    I would like to take up a specific postgraduate course (medical physicist) and am in principle entitled to unemployment benefit 1. When I asked the employment agency, however, I received the information that studies (including postgraduate and additional studies) and unemployment benefit are in principle mutually exclusive, which is not the case -Availability of the student for the job market during the course is related. On the part of the employment office, that sounded more like a clear legal regulation. Is this argumentation possibly only held up by the employment office in principle and should I try - as an individual case, so to speak - to get an education voucher for this postgraduate course with appropriate funding through unemployment benefits?

    • Simone Janson

      Even though I am not able to answer the question directly on the basis of the legal service law, I have a few more tips on the topic, which may interest even more readers:

      Here is a reference to other articles on the topic of education vouchers - from which it emerges that you have no legal right to an education voucher, unemployment benefit or not.
      This also means, conversely, that the educational voucher does not necessarily depend on the ALG I. As far as the claim of ALG I is concerned during the studies, an additional employment may not exceed 15 hours per week.
      In this context, I find it legally interesting that BA recently paid further training during the work: Link. But this only on the edge.

      If there are other types of funding, such as scholarships, subsidies, BAföG, there is usually an age limit, as is the case with the 30. Otherwise, you have to google google or ask at the university.

      Good luck!

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