About BTS
PhD Candidates
Scholarship Sponsors
Dahlem Research School | DFG Research College (FOR 1026) | Hertie Foundation | Thyssen Foundation | External Scholarship Donors

Currently, our PhD candidates are supported by the following scholarship sponsors:

Dahlem Research School

The Dahlem Research School (DRS) promotes the development of innovative doctoral programmes and supports ongoing initiatives like BTS. It formulates and implements consistent quality standards and structures on a university-wide basis. DRS offers training for young researchers in fields considered essential for the further professional development, either in academia or in the non-academic labor market. In addition to the equipment, training programme, extra funds, and services it provides, DRS supports the core needs of BTS by financing several scholarships every year.

DFG Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe", Freie Universität Berlin

The diffusion of ideas has become a central research theme in political science, sociology, law, history, and economics. The DFG-Research College will study the role of the EU as the promoter and recipient of ideas, analysing the mechanisms and effects of internal and external diffusion processes in the three research areas "Identity and the Public Sphere", "Compliance, Conditionality, and Beyond", and "Comparative Regionalism and Europe’s External Relations".

The Hertie Foundation

The non-profit Hertie Foundation carries on the life work of Georg Karg, owner of the Hertie department store chain. Created in 1974, it is one of the largest foundations in Germany. The foundation focuses on projects involving neurosciences and "European Integration and Learning Democracy," where it seeks to develop new policy and implementation solutions. After initiating them, the foundation allows the sponsored projects to unfold and develop on their own. The founding institution behind the Hertie School of Governance, the Hertie Foundation's scholarship funding is integral to the continued success of the PhD programme at BTS.

The Thyssen Foundation

The Fritz Thyssen Stiftung was founded in 1959 in memory of August and Fritz Thyssen. It was the first private foundation dedicated to the support of scholarship and research in Germany after World War II. The foundation supports universities and research institutes, primarily in Germany, with special emphasis on the support of young scholars. Activities are concentrated on fixed amount of time research projects, small academic conferences, stipends for young postdoctoral scholars, international stipends and exchange programmes, and (to a limited extent) the publication of project reports. The Thyssen Foundation is a very important partner for BTS.
External Scholarship Donors

German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. In addition to awarding grants and scholarships for individuals, DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists higher education advancement in developing countries, and advises on matters of cultural, education, and development policy. It is very active in supporting outstanding international students who want to study in Germany and German students who wish to study abraod. A wide variety of funding programmes are available to support doctoral study and research. BTS cooperates closely with DAAD, in particular through the International Promovieren in Deutschland (IPID) programme.

German National Academic Foundation

The German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) is the largest and oldest German sponsorship organisation for academically gifted students. It strives to develop future excellence in science, business, public administration, and the arts. Through its sponsorship programme, the foundation promotes academic consolidation, interdisciplinary dialogue, a cosmopolitan world view, and international experiences. The foundation is financially supported by the German federal government, the German federal states, and local authorities, as well as by a large number of private donors. The Studienstiftung is an increasingly important partner for BTS.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Its main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, and self-determination and justice. The foundation puts particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. Moreover, it is committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities, the societal and political participation of immigrants, non-violence, and proactive peace policies. Among its several funding programmes, the Heinrich Böll Foundation operates a generous scholarship programme for PhD candidates and other students.

The Zeit-Stiftung

The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius is one of the largest private foundations in Germany. For the past 30 years, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has been committed to the promotion of research and scholarship, art and culture, and education and training. Through its activities in higher education, the ZEIT-Stiftung seeks not only to support talented students and specialists, but also to stimulate fresh ideas in the educational sector. The flagship of the foundation is the Bucerius Law School. The school was founded in 2000 as the only private university for law studies in Germany, and has already become a strong innovative force in this academic discipline.

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst

The Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst is the German Protestant church's scholarship organisation. It was founded in 1948 in order foster a different kind of intellectual education after the national socialist dictatorship. Scholarships are available for all subjects, at all universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and for students from all over Europe. All supported students have one thing in common: they want to pursue an excellent academic education, and they want to apply Protestant principles to their efforts toward social responsibility. Each year, about 800 students are supported by Evangelisches Studienwerk.
The BTS is financially supported by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, German Academic Exchange Service
Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung
Einstein Stiftung Berlin, Einstein Foundation Berlin
DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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