Max Weber Program

The Max Weber Program supports gifted and talented students at Bavarian tertiary edu­ca­ti­on institutions. Students who are awarded scholarships receive professional men­to­ring during their studies and benefit from the program’s wide-ranging approach. This includes an allowance of €1,290 per semester and financial aid for semesters spent abroad as well as high-quality academic and personal guidance and mentoring.

Wide-ranging support, individual guidance

The Max Weber Program offers much more than financial support: our scholarship hol­ders have access to an array of opportunities. They receive individual guidance and are encouraged to gain experience of studying or working overseas at a young age.

We offer a range of services and events to nurture our scholarship holders and encourage their personal development, including Soft Skill Seminars and Summer Academies. Such events give scholarship holders the opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach in tackling current societal and scientific issues.

Our scholarship holders are part of a network in which interdisciplinary and international collaboration and exchange plays a crucial role. We regularly host events that give our scho­lar­ship holders the chance to meet prominent figures from the worlds of science, busi­ness and politics, and benefit from their knowledge and experience.

Financial support is provided in the form of a Semester Allowance of €1,290 per semester. The Max Weber Program also provides funding for stays working or studying abroad.

Become part of the Max Weber Program

On the one hand, the Max Weber Program accepts gifted young people straight after lea­ving secondary school. On the other, students at tertiary education institutions in Bavaria can also apply for the Max Weber Program after completing two full semesters. Students applying to the programme must also have at least two semesters of their re­gu­lar course of study remaining.

The German Academic Scholarship Foundation

The Max Weber Program is operated by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. The oldest support agency for gifted students in Germany, its 14,200 scholarship holders also make it the country’s largest – and a strong partner for the state of Bavaria.

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Max We­ber Pro­gram cele­brates
New Year's Re­cep­tion 2024

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