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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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.
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 outlook:
The training measures so mentioned in the Arbeitsagenturjargon are officially called "measures to improve the integration prospects". They usually last no longer than twelve weeks, are designed to support you in career orientation and to improve your chances of finding a job, for example through language courses, application coaching or business start-up consultancy. For a postgraduate course, this promotion is usually out of the question.
Promoting Continuing Vocational Training:
In addition to the training there are then at the employment agency the "real" training, which according to SGB so-called "promotion of professional training." You can also receive these grants for postgraduate studies if you are eligible for or receive unemployment benefits.
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.
For many postgraduate courses, there are funding programs and scholarships from private foundations and Company.
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.
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.
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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