Scholarships and financing options for professional development/distance learning

You can find further information on funding and financing options on the web portal Hoch und Weit or in the information brochure of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung und Fernstudium (DGWF; German Association for University Continuing and Distance Education).

Student loans

Additional, complementary, postgraduate and second degree programmes as well as doctoral programmes and part-time programmes can be supported with the help of KfW student loans. The CHE Centre for Higher Education has compiled an overview of further student loans.


The German Federal Government's scholarship programme "Begabtenförderung berufliche Bildung" ("Talent promotion in professional continuous education") comprises grants of up to EUR 5,100 for young, exceptionally talented individuals under 28. 

The "Aufstiegsstipendium" ("Upgrading Scholarship") supports individuals with professional experience in completing a first academic university degree. 

The "Institut für Begabtenförderung" ("Institute for Talent Promotion") of the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung is committed to promoting the education of scientifically-qualified young academics through non-material and financial support. Information on other scholarship programmes and funding opportunities can be found on the website of RPTU.