Director of the Institute

Prof. Dr. Johann Kreuzer

Vice Director

Prof. Dr. Mark Siebel


Secretariat Team

+49 (0)441 798-2299

+49 (0)441 798-4397


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät IV - Institut für Philosophie
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

Scholarships & Foundations


Germany Scholarship

Since 2011 the German Scholarship has promoted high-performing and ambitious students. The promotion covers € 300 monthly, - of which one half is paid by the federal government and the other half comes from private funding sources. The scholarship is intended to counteract the shortage of skilled workers and promote the science and business location Germany. The scholarship may be granted for a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of the entire standard period of study. All students enrolled at a German university can apply for this scholarship provided that the respective university participates in the programme. Requirement, in addition to high performances are a good social involvement or special personal services (such as overcoming obstacles in the educational biography).


Filosofia Italiana Foundation (in German and Italian only)

The Oldenburg based Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of scientific research on new Italian philosophy and scientific contacts with Italian philosophers. Its long-term goal is to establish a research centre for new Italian philosophy. It promotes in particular visiting professors and guest lectures, it supports topic-related conferences and grants scholarships as well as travel and material costs.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (in German only)

Founded in 1925, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation is committed to its namesake to the core values of social democracy and sets as a goal to promote socio-political education, democracy and pluralism in terms of development of the European Union. In this framework, the Foundation offers study and doctoral scholarships, especially to women, first year studies in families, as well as to students with an immigrant background. Funding prerequisites are in all cases, professional excellence, a reference to the work on social democratic values and a strong political commitment to relevant organizations.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation, founded in 1958 is engaged civically for the model of a liberal constitutional state. The focus of their work is on the substantive question of what contribution liberal ideas – e.g. can make to the design of the future - a reduction of the (economic) role of the state. By promoting civic education they want to attract people for democracy and move them to take over responsibility. The Foundation awards scholarships to talented young people that have a liberal attitude to life. The study grants depend on their family situation; this is not the case for doctoral scholarships. Its amount depends on the status of doctoral students. In addition to good performances a commitment to liberal institutions and regular participation in seminars offered by the Foundation are expected.

Hans Böckler Foundation

The Hans Böckler Foundation is the co-determination, research and study support of the work of the DGB. Since 1977, it promotes theoretical and practical projects for participation as a principle of a democratic society, in particular in the areas of structural policy, labour society, welfare state, labour market, economic and tariff policy. The Foundation awards scholarships to students and doctoral candidates, and also supports people on the second chance education. Target group are very talented young scientists who have completed their studies quickly and are engaged in trade unions or social policy. The dissertation topic should accordingly have a socio-political significance.

Heinrich Böll Foundation

The party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN related foundation is an agency for green ideas and projects. Their work is to promote a democratic civil society at home and abroad. The primary concern exists in democracy and human rights (opportunities and equality before the law, regardless of sexuality, religion, ethnicity and nation), measures against environmental degradation, conflict resolution by civil means as well as enabling social participation for all. Students and doctoral students whose works are based in substance on these intentions are encouraged in all disciplines. Good performance, community involvement and political interest are a precondition for this.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Founded in 1964, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is committed to principles of its namesake as guidelines. According to their claim they want to support domestic and foreign resources for education in terms of peace, freedom and justice and intensify European integration and strengthen the transatlantic relationship. It sees itself as a Think Tank for a scientific basis of anticipatory action as well as a forum for questions between government, business, church and society. The orientation point is a Christian understanding of man and the scholarship recipients should feel committed to its ethical principles. In addition, they are expected to show tolerance, creativity and a willingness to enter into dialogue with other religions.

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

The foundation that is cooperating closely with the Left Party (DIE LINKE) is part of the basic intellectual movement for democratic socialism. Since its foundation in 1992, it aims to provide a forum for critical thinking and political alternatives as well as a research centre for progressive social development. The Rosa Luxembourg Foundation has set itself the goal of achieving political education for democracy, social justice and solidarity. It is targeted to the balance of social, gender and ethnicity-related discrimination. A strong commitment within the meaning of these goals is therefore also a prerequisite for a study or doctoral fellowship such as high professional services. Scholarships are given to German and foreign students from all areas except form the field of medical specialties. 

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (in German only)

The Academic Foundation is the oldest academically gifted foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is understood to be free from political, ideological and religious requirements and supports innovative projects of undergraduate and graduate students with high scientific or artistic talent which can be expected to deliver special achievements in the service of the community. They are expected to provide strength, intensively pursued non-academic interests and social responsibility and social commitment. The extent to which the financial promotion beyond support services are claimed, can be determined by the scholarship holders largely autonomous.

Scholarship Guide

Maecenata Foundation Guide

This foundation guide represents a reference work on the entire German foundation system. It helps students, doctoral students and researchers to get information about any such grant awarded to unconventional stakeholders (academics from educationally disadvantaged contexts, etc.) and that are not as much taken up as the renowned scholarship foundations.

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)