The scholarship for social studies programs

The SBW Berlin scholarship for studies in the social sector supports talented young people in Germany who have already made a social commitment and use the skills they have acquired during their studies in the context of social projects during and after their studies.

Review the guidelines for more information on this scholarship.

Social Project

Our scholarship recipients work on social projects during their studies in Berlin. Their projects can either be part of the non-profit work of other organizations or are specified by SBW Berlin as a separate project. In general, however, they are intended to help improve living conditions around the world.

After successfully completing their studies, our scholarship recipients are expected to continue their projects and advance them through the skills they have acquired here. SBW Berlin continues to support them in an advisory capacity.

  • German citizens
  • Permanent residence permit holder – EU
  • Holder of a settlement permit
  • Students from EU/EEA countries who have already worked in Germany in an occupation related to the content of their studies prior to taking up their studies
  • Students from EU/EEA countries with permanent right of residence within the meaning of the EU Freedom of Movement Act
  • Holders of a student visa or residence permit for the purpose of taking up or pursuing studies.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Master’s degrees: professional or volunteer experience in the non-profit/social sector (supported by letter of recommendation from social service agency or non-profit organization).
  • Bachelor programs: Motivational Statement
  • University entrance qualification*
  • Proven relatively low net income (see guidelines).
  • Average grade equivalent to a German grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Application before the start of studies or fully enrolled in the first, second, or maximum third semester at a state-recognized university (in Germany or abroad) or application for a master’s degree shortly before or after obtaining a bachelor’s degree

*Interested applicants should note that an application for a place at a university or university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) in Berlin or Potsdam is required. This is done separately to the scholarship application, i.e. applicants are responsible for this themselves.

  • Interest in social commitment and in the development of social projects
  • Good academic performance
  • Transparency and clear communication regarding professional goals, etc.
  • 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
  • In case of discontinuation of studies: start of repayment plan 3 months after end of studies or funding period in 12 monthly installments.

For more information on the SBW Berlin Scholarship for Studies in the Social Sector, including the application and selection process, please review the relevant guidelines and criteria.

Find out more about the project description.


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