Supporting the Highly Talented
The Federal Government is investing in the best our country has to offer: engaged individuals who put their talents and abilities to use for industry and society. Supporting them is an investment in the future of our country - one than cannot begin early enough. Through targeted funding, we want to develop Germany into an internationally recognized hotbed of talent.
Whether in school, university or the workplace - the Federal Government has made funding diverse gifts and talents one of the priorities of educational policy.
Supporting highly-talented students and doctoral candidates
Supporting the scientists of tomorrow, providing them with the best possible education and training, and creating incentives for achievements - this is a challenge as well as a great opportunity for Germany as a location for industry and science. In order to rise to this occasion, the Federal Government has been supporting higher education for years with Germany's twelve funding organizations for advancing highly talented students (Begabtenförderungswerke). In addition, the Federal Government has introduced the Deutschlandstipendium as the cornerstone of a new scholarship culture in Germany.
Supporting highly-talented children and adolescents
Special talents need special support. The support of highly talented children in pre-schools and schools is first and foremost a task of the Länder. The Federal Government supports the Länder policy by means of national competitions, such as "Young Researchers" or the national competition in foreign languages. In addition, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the German SchülerAkademie, with summer classes that offer, for example, assistance with an early start in higher education.
National competitions offer young people much better opportunities than regular classroom work for realizing their ideas and comparing with others. This applies in particular to scientific experiments and technological developments and, of course, to the areas of art, culture and music. In order to arouse young people's interest in science and research, the BMBF is supporting various competitions
Supporting the highly-talented on the job
Life-long learning and continued education are important building blocks for vocational success and the personal development of every individual. The BMBF's program field "Vocational Talents" promotes continued education and training for new employees ("Continued Training Scholarship" Programme), and also offers individuals with employment experience support with taking up studies in higher education ("Advancement Scholarship" Programme). The goal is to uncover the potential talents of qualified workers and to help them become high-performing specialists.
Das Programm Aufstiegsstipendium richtet sich an Frauen und Männer, die in Ausbildung und Beruf hoch motiviert und besonders talentiert sind. Die Stipendien geben einen zusätzlichen Anreiz zur Aufnahme eines Studiums und verbessern die Aufstiegschancen. Die Aufstiegsstipendien befördern die Durchlässigkeit zwischen beruflicher und akademischer Bildung und bieten Fachkräften die Möglichkeit zur beruflichen Entwicklung