Scholarships and financing options for professional development/distance programmes

The guideline "Financing continuous education", published by Stiftung Warentest (German consumer protection organisation), provides a comprehensive overview of the various financing and scholarship options and is regularly updated. Furthermore, the German Association for University Continuing and Distance Education has a brochure on the same topic that can be accessed here.

Education grants and education vouchers or qualification vouchers

In certain cases, Germany and its federal states support professional continuing education with so-called education and qualification vouchers. Further information can be requested from the educational guidance centres, which are normally located within adult education centres (Volkshochschule). Information on qualification vouchers can be accessed here and the information on education grants can be found here.

Student loans

Additional, complementary, postgraduate and second degree programmes as well as doctoral programmes and part-time programmes can be supported with the help of KfW student loansThe CHE Centre for Higher Education has compiled an overview of further student loans.


The German federal government's scholarship programme "Talent promotion in professional continuous education" comprises grants of up to EUR 5,100 for young, exceptionally talented individuals under 28. The Upgrading Scholarship supports individuals with professional experience in completing a first academic university degree. The Institute for Talent Promotion of the Hanns-Seidel Stiftung is committed to promoting the education of scientifically-qualified young academics through non-material and financial support. Information on other scholarship programmes and funding opportunities can be found on the website of the TU Kaiserslautern.