Programme Description

The Max Weber Programme is open to particularly gifted students who are enrolled at a Bavarian higher-education institution. The Free State of Bavaria has entrusted the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, with the Programme's realisation. The Programme arises from the Bavarian Elite Support Act and goes by the full name of 'Max Weber Programme by The Free State of Bavaria on The Support of Highly-Gifted According to The Bavarian Elite Support Act'.

The support aims at academic promotion as well as character building. Beyond the degree programme the scholarship holders are given the opportunity to participate in numerous events to deepen their specialist knowledge and skills and promote cross-disciplinary academic exchange. This is rounded off by a number of job-related activities. Individual support by mentors at the Bavarian higher-education institutions ensures early involvement in research and delivers insight into other areas of excellence. Encouraging networking between the scholars is the aim of general events in which participate scholarship holders from universities all over Bavaria. To further internationalisation, also projects abroad may be funded. Each stipendee receives a lump-sum grant for educational purposes of EUR 1,290 per semester.

Target Group

particularly gifted high-school graduates and students who wish to study or are already enrolled at a Bavarian higher-education institution

Academic Requirements

enrolment at a Bavarian higher-education institution, at the latest when being admitted to the grant programme

Number of Scholarships

about 400 scholarships each year


A first degree course as well as consecutive Master's degree courses are eligible for sponsorship.

Scholarship Value

  • lump-sum stipend for educational purposes of EUR 1,290 per semester
  • funding of study projects abroad
  • comprehensive educational programme of seminars and events

Application Papers

Please find all application forms and further information on the application procedure on the website

Application Deadline

You will find a list of the forthcoming events here

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