The German National Academic Foundation

  • Non-political and non-denominational foundation
  • Germany's largest organisation
  • Currently around 11.000 grant holders are supported


  • Sponsoring students of outstanding academic achievements
  • Initiative and responsibility
  • Interests and activities outside the field of study
  • Students must be younger than 35 years


  • Recommendation of the university teacher OR
  • Nomination of the best students by the Examination Office of the universities OR
  • Self-application with selection test for students (possible only in the first and second semester), deadline: January 14th to February 12th, 2013
  • Selection seminar with presentation and groupe discussion for proposed candidates and „best of exams’”


  • A maximum of 597 € per month (income-dependent, based on BAföG)
  • Book money 150 € per month (planned raise in 2013 to 300 €)
  • Grants for health care and long term care insurance
  • If applicable, family allowance and child care allowance
  • Grants for stays abroad and language courses
  • Participation in academies and scientific colleges
  • Network access