SBW Berlin2024-04-08T12:08:18+00:00

SBW Berlin advocates for a socially better world.

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SBW Berlin and Its International Context

SBW Berlin advocates for a socially better world. Together with our scholarship recipients and partner organizations from Germany and abroad we design, develop, and promote projects that support people in need and have a general benefit for society.

We believe that education and the dissemination of educational opportunities are keys to improving the lives of all people. In addition to education, however, social commitment is also an important cornerstone of all our projects. Our scholarship programs are therefore designed not only to support talented people in their education, but also to support people from all over the world who have fewer opportunities for education but are socially engaged through their social commitment.

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Our scholarships


study programs


Scholarship for refugees


International students

  • For all scholarship holders: a furnished room in one of SBW Berlin’s shared student flats during the funding period
  • Granting of tuition fees depending on the type of scholarship*
  • Granting of monthly support depending on the type of scholarship*

* Further information can be found in the relevant scholarship guidelines and on the SBW Berlin website

  • Interest in social commitment and the development of social projects
  • Transparency and clear communication regarding professional goals, etc.
  • Cooperation (past and future) with a non-profit/social institution in the home country*.
  • Continuing education plan*
  • No financial support from family members or third parties possible through the scholarship program, etc.*

* Further information can be found in the relevant scholarship guidelines and on the SBW Berlin website

  • Proactive development of social projects during the study period (2 to 8 hours of work per week are planned for the social project).
  • Good academic performance in each semester supported*.
  • Active participation in regular project meetings and workshops at SBW Berlin
  • Writing project reports
  • Preparing and implementing talks or presentations on the projects
  • Transparency and clear communication regarding professional goals

* Further information can be found in the relevant scholarship guidelines and on the SBW Berlin website

Funding can be terminated by SBW Berlin in the event that

  • two failed compulsory examinations or two postponed examinations
  • failure to meet the target agreement set for the social/charitable project
  • the misappropriation of the funds made available

In these cases, a repayment agreement is concluded, which must be notarized. Consequently, the scholarships or the monetary payments made by SBW Berlin to date must then be repaid in 12 monthly installments* without interest 3 months after the end of funding or the standard period of study. A repayment agreement is also concluded and must be notarized if international students remain in Germany after the end of their studies or funding*.

* Further information can be found in the relevant scholarship guidelines and on the SBW Berlin website

Our fellows talk about their social commitment

Q&A with Diana

Enrique Luna and his project on music and movement therapy

School project in Bulgaria

In our school in Trjavna in Bulgaria we also want to support talented children. Because of the building’s location next to a hospital for children suffering from lung diseases, we also intend to support those children admitted there as inpatients to address and close any educational gaps during their hospital stays. Find out more about our work in Bulgaria here.

Music therapy as a project of SBW Berlin

In our work with several musically gifted scholarship recipients, we have gained experiences in the field of music therapy. Thus, this form of therapy turned into one of SBW Berlin’s permanent projects. Processing feelings is easier through music. This might be especially relevant and helpful for refugees.

Upcoming events

On a regular basis there are various events at SBW Berlin. Would you like to participate or attend any such event? Just take a look and let us know which one you’d like to attend by sending us a short message.

First SBW alumni meeting

Date: April 10, 2024
Time: 14:00 – 14:45 Uhr
Location: Online-Event via Zoom

Let’s catch up with each other! In a relaxed online discussion, SBW Berlin graduates from Colombia, India, Mexico and Tanzania talk about their social commitment, the continuation of their project work in their home countries and their experiences after their return in general. Special guests: Tasneem B. and Diya D. from Power South, who are committed to sustainable development in their various projects, especially with regard to SDG 5 (gender equality and empowerment of women and girls).

Waffle baking

Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 Uhr
Location: Wollankstraße 19 13187 Berlin

The SBW Berlin team will help in the soup kitchen by baking fresh waffles and distributing them to those in need.
A delicious campaign to promote community and support.


We regularly share information on new projects, workshops, and events.

Interview with Octavian

The interview with Octavian provides insights into his experiences and future plans as he adjusts to his new role at Bethania Technical Secondary School (BTSS) and reflects on his scholarship journey. Octavian talks about his


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