For students and trainees in Germany there are many financial support programs during the training period. In most cases, however, these aren’t designed specifically by theme and are aimed at a large group of people. In addition to well-known funding programs, such as the Deutschlandstipendium, there is also increasing specific support for young people in the agricultural sector. We have compiled some programs for you that provide financial support and promote technical expertise in the agricultural sector.
Ferdinand von Lochow Scholarship: Each year, KWS SAAT awards scholarships to students engaged in the field of plant production and plant breeding. Students from the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agriculture and agribusiness, as well as master’s students from the University of Halle-Wittenberg in the fields of crops, agricultural sciences, livestock and agronomy. Students of the Hohenheim University Master in Agricultural Sciences and Livestock can also participate. KWS supports fellows with € 500 per month for one year. A ten-month internship at a KWS grain location is also part of the funding. More on this here.
Grants from Jeff Schell: Scholarship for students and / or young professionals in the agricultural sciences who intend to carry out special projects (internships, research work) abroad. The prerequisites for individual financial support are up to two years of professional experience, good grades and a concretely planned project with presentation of a project and cost plan and confirmation by the receiving institution. Read more here.
Courtesy of Helmut Claas: Each year, the Claas Foundation awards four scholarships to students of agricultural technology, agricultural science, engineering and economics to take theses with a clear link to agricultural technology and agriculture. The four fellows will be supported for one year with monthly scholarships of € 600 for the first place, € 500 for the second place, € 400 for the third place and € 300 for the fourth place. Read more here.
Contribution of the CLAAS Foundation create a master’s degree thesis on a topic along an agricultural supply chain in the areas of “Farming 4.0”, “Digitization” or “New Business Models”. Read more here.
Grant from the LV Münster Foundation: Starting this year, students of the master’s degree in agricultural economics at the South Westphalian University of Applied Sciences have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from the LV Münster Foundation. Students with excellent academic achievements in the Bachelor’s degree who are also socially and politically engaged both inside and outside agriculture are supported. In addition to a total funding of € 6,000 for two years (€ 250 per month), students receive support from the foundation during this period. This includes, inter alia, participation in course events, as well as internships and various further training measures. Further information can be found here.
Grant from the Edmund Rehwinkel Foundation for Master’s students with an agricultural or nutritional focus. High-performing and socially engaged students with hands-on experience are supported in developing their soft skills and networking within the industry. They are usually funded for more than two years with € 500 per month and seminars on topics such as leadership skills, personality training and method. More on this here.
That Grant VLI offers financial support of € 500 per month for one year. The scholarship year begins with the winter semester of October. Anyone who volunteers or is otherwise involved in their studies has a good chance of being invited for an interview. In addition to the financial injection, there is the opportunity to attend VLI conferences and events and to establish contacts with the executives of the VLI member companies of agribusiness. It is also possible to organize internships or support with the master’s degree thesis. More on this here.
Talented Vocational Education Foundation
Scholarship from the Foundation for the Promotion of German Agriculture Talent eV: Financial support for young agricultural professionals to enable them to take further training measures. Candidates cannot be over 30 (in exceptional cases no more than 36) years of age and must have completed the master craftsman / specialization exam or a degree from technical or agricultural institutes with at least a “voucher”. In addition, participation in the federal decision on a professional competition in the agricultural sector and voluntary work in a leadership position in an agricultural professional organization are included in the selection. The maximum funding framework is € 750 for courses or seminars, € 1,500 for internships and € 3,000 for projects. Work-related further training measures are supported with a maximum of € 2,250. Read more here.
Scholarship from Karl Eigen and Dr. hc Dietrich Brauer Foundation The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (Ufop) supports graduate and doctoral theses with new scientific discoveries in the field of protein and oil plants. Students and doctoral students of German and European (technical) universities with above average performance and personal suitability can become scholarship holders. The loan has a maximum duration of three years. The amount of financial support depends on the available funds. Read more here.
Helmut Aurenz concedes: Students with above-average qualifications in the fields of agricultural, nutritional and economic sciences at the University of Hohenheim have the opportunity to receive financial support for a study / research project in another EU country lasting several months. This should serve as the basis for your thesis. Divisible grants of up to € 5,000 are possible. Read more here.
Albrecht Daniel Thaer Promotional Award: Graduates of the Humboldt University of Berlin with outstanding degrees from the Faculty of Life Sciences can apply for the award with their thesis. The aim is to promote young scientists in the agricultural, horticultural and fisheries sciences. The prizes are endowed with € 150 for the best Bachelor’s degree, € 250 for the best master’s degree or diploma and € 400 for the best doctorate. Read more here.
Ernst Pelz Prize: Central Agricultural Raw Materials Marketing and Energy Network eV (CARMEN eV) awards this € 10,000 award annually for special merit in promoting renewable raw materials. Read more about this here.
DGfZ Award for masters and doctoral students as a prize for publications with particularly interesting and trending achievements in the applied sciences of farm animals or veterinary medicine in farm animals. The work must not be older than one year. Master’s degree theses receive € 500, dissertations € 1,500. Read more about this here.
DLG International Award: Award for young professionals aged between 18 and 24 in vocational training. As well as young specialists with completed vocational training and / or mostly completed studies or continuing education up to the age of 36. People with good technical qualifications, voluntary commitment, open-mindedness and an interest in international cooperation are eligible for funding. The prizes are endowed with € 2,500 for the junior award and € 4,000 for the higher education award. Read more about this here.
Wilhelm Rimpau PrizeIn addition, the DLG awards the three best innovative and practice-oriented bachelor’s and master’s theses in the field of plant production during the
field days. The prize pool is € 2,000 for the first place, € 1,500 for the second and € 1,000 for the third. Read more about this here.
Sponsorship Award of the German Corn Committee eV for outstanding, practice-oriented scientific work on all aspects of corn cultivation. Prizes are awarded for courses, final papers or scientific work that is no more than one year old. Winners must be graduates from technical institutes or universities under the age of 35. In addition, a declaration of consent from the starting institution is required. Read more about this here.
Gerd Sonnleitner Award: Rentenbank honors young farmers under the age of 35 who volunteer to balance interests in rural areas. They are honored for their social commitment with a prize pool of € 3,000. Read more about this here.
H. Wilhelm Schaumann Foundation: Award for Best Academic Achievement in Animal and Agricultural Sciences by Masters / Diploma students and PhD students at institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Annual prize of € 500 for the best academic achievement and every two years a prize of € 1,000 for the best dissertation and funding of € 10,000 for two important scientific articles. Read more about this here.
Max Eyth Young Talent Promotion Award: Financial support to students and doctoral students for higher education projects by the VDI department of the Max-Eyth-Gesellschaft Agrartechnik. The theses of excellence in agricultural technology are awarded with the Award for the promotion of young talents. A justification for this measure must be provided when further training support is required. In addition, a university teacher must approve continuing education. The contribution for continuing education is up to 1,500 euros, the young talent award is endowed with 600 euros. Read more about this here.
Hans H. Ruthenberg Graduate Award: The fiat panis foundation rewards qualified young staff and their outstanding diploma / master theses in the field of food safety. These works should deal intensively with the development of agriculture and the fight against hunger in the world. Persons under the age of 30 with a degree in Germany, Austria or Switzerland receive a cash prize of € 7,500. Read more about this here.
Upop Innovation Award for the particular quality and methodical approach of a student research project in the field of oil and protein plants, which leads to new scientific discoveries. The funding is € 5,000. More on this here.