Funding, Grants & Scholarships

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We all need someone to help us do what we are capable of. There are many ways for students to receive support and funding in various forms.

Here you will find an overview of funding opportunities, about BAföG and especially about our UDE scholarship.


For gifted and talented studentsThe UDE scholarship

The UDE scholarship supports gifted and talented students.

The UDE scholarship is awarded within the framework of the NRW and Germany scholarship program and is financed half by the state and half by the federal government. The second half is financed by private scholarship donors.

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More than just rocks! StipendienKultur Ruhr

For many prospective students, financing their studies is a major hurdle: A scholarship can help. With their support, scholarship providers provide intensive assistance and information to their scholarship holders. The UDE is working with six other universities to strengthen the scholarship culture in the Ruhr region.

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Support for students of all disciplines Begabtenförderwerke

Begabtenförderwerke work within the framework of a program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and support students of all disciplines with scholarships. The amount of financial support generally depends on the individual financial circumstances.

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Promoting top performance in a targeted manner Deutschlandstipendium

The Deutschlandstipendium supports talented and high-achieving students of all subjects in Germany. In addition to convincing grades, social commitment and special personal achievements are also to be taken into account when awarding the Deutschlandstipendium.

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Database with more than 1,240 funding opportunitiesScholarship search portal

Scholarships are not only available for the highly gifted, the committed or the employed. The student's field of study, parents' profession or place of birth can also be relevant. A search in the database can help.



The program for educational climbers Chance hoch 2

With this program, which is unique in Germany, the University of Duisburg-Essen supports the educational advancement of young people with and without an immigrant background from families without academic experience. The idealistic and financial support extends over the last two school years before the Abitur and the first year of study.

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First-generation academics Arbeiterkind

ArbeiterKind wants to encourage students from families without university experience to be the first in their family to study. Volunteers are involved in more than 80 local groups throughout Germany to inform students about the possibility of studying and to support them on their educational path.

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Invest in the Future Education Funds

Education funds are usually investment funds that award money to students with top grades. The students receive fixed amounts for their living expenses and often non-material support, for example for networking. In return, they commit to repaying a certain portion of their income to the fund after graduation.

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Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)

BAföG is aimed at students from low-income families in order to support them financially. Half of the rate is given as a grant and the remaining part is an interest-free government loan. The Studierendenwerk Essen-Duisburg processes applications for educational support for all students at the UDE.

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Education loan program of the Federal Government

The federal government's education loan program is designed to provide targeted financial assistance to students in advanced stages of their education through a simple, low-interest loan. This loan is flexible and can be adapted to the individual needs of the borrowers.

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Graduation Loan of the Student Unions e.V. (Daka)

The Darlehenskasse der Studierendenwerke e. V. (Daka) has set itself the task of providing financial support to students by means of an interest-free student loan - as a non-profit association of the North Rhine-Westphalian student unions and with a waiver of profit. Students have been supported by interest-free loans for over 60 years.

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KfW Student Loan

The KfW student loan offers an additional option for financing studies. It is granted irrespective of the student's own or parental income and assets. Funding is provided to students who are in a first or second degree program, in a postgraduate program (master's, additional, supplementary or postgraduate studies) or in a doctoral program.

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