Financing and Sponsorship


Information for students


Information on financing studies through scholarships, student loans, student grants and study support at the IPU Berlin, in addition to financial support under the German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG), or student jobs and other funding possibilities.

Study Financing Options
Funding Your Research in Germany​​​​​​​

The Reverse Generation Contract (Der Umgekehrte Generationenvertrag: UGV)

Study now—pay later. Financing your studies with the “Reverse Generation Contract—funding education through solidarity”
The social background and availability of finances should not be a deciding factor for studying at IPU Berlin. Through support by Chancen eG as our partner, you have the possibility to study at IPU Berlin fully independent from financial stressors. Chancen eG takes over your study fees. This offer is meant for German students and student residents.

“Reverse Generation Contract” first and foremost means that you can fully concentrate on your studies. In return, you make yourself responsible for giving future generations this possibility as well. This means that you pay back a portion of your income to Chancen eG after your studies in order to continue the financing of students—for example, if you are working as a psychologist and earn above a set minimum income. In this way, you are not under the pressure of a fixed debt after completing your studies; rather, you would pay back a percentage of your net income in accord with your individual needs and capabilities.

Details for this financing opportunity can be found at Questions about this program can also be handled by phone with the advisors at Chancen eG.

Important Notice: Currently, the Reverse Generation Contract (UGV) is only available to master students. CHANCEN eG is working on re-opening this resource to bachelor students as soon as possible.

Application Process

Because the number of places is limited, we suggest that all those interested apply early. The application for a UGV is possible as soon as you have officially applied for a position at IPU Berlin. To apply for a UGV, please fill out the application form for Chancen eG.

Suitable applicants will be invited to an in-person interview with Chancen eG. The interview has to do with you as a person. Credit history, financial security, etc. do not play a role.

IPU Berlin endeavors to combine the university selection interview with the Chancen eG interview, so that you ideally only need to commute once for both appointments. As such, we ask that you submit your application for financial support through Chancen eG before the appointment for the university selection interview is scheduled.

If your application is successful, you will sign a separate contract with Chancen eG, and they will assume the university costs for the duration of your study. The semester fees as well as extension of study fees are not an element of the UGV and must be paid directly by the student.

Daka e.V.—Berlin Student Loan Fund (Studentische Dahrlehenskasse Berlin)

The Berlin Student Loan Fund is a nonprofit association that was founded by Berlin students on July 21, 1950. The association sees itself as a student self-help organization focused on improving the educational possibilities for students who are enrolled at one of its member universities. Students can turn to the Student Loan Fund and, through the association’s support, be able to concentrate on successfully completing their studies. As a community effort from universities, professors, and students, as well as dedicated individuals and businesses, the Student Loan Fund has been able to pursue and further its charitable concept for many years.

More Information

Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium)

Become a Scholarship Recipient

Germany Scholarship to support talented students
The International Psychoanalytic University Berlin will continue to grant scholarships through the Germany Scholarship program in the 2022 calendar year. The scholarship amounts to 300 Euro per month.

Application Deadlines
The application process for the winter semester 2022/2023 semester will take place from 1 June 2022, 0:00 AM midnight until 31 August 2022, 12 AM midnight. Applications will only be collected online.

The Germany Scholarship is meant to support particularly capable and dedicated students who, based on their former engagement and history related to social, familial, and personal circumstances, show significant potential, and can be expected to reach, or have already reached, excellent academic achievements. (The scholarship regulations for IPU and the Germany Scholarship statutes will be available online soon).

Who can apply for a Germany Scholarship?
Students at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin gGmbH, who are enrolled as regular students, and are within the standard period of study.

The Scholarship is not dependent on receipt of German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG) support or income level. Students who already receive aptitude- or achievement-based material support above 30 Euro per month through public or publicly supported institutions within Germany or from abroad are not eligible to receive support through the Germany Scholarship.

Germany Scholarship- in German (Flyer; PDF)
Application Agreement (PDF)
Data Protection Information- in German (PDF)
Scholarship Regulations (PDF)
Information of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Information on Double Funding- in German

Your Scholarship Application

Information for applicants at IPU
The next call for applications for the Deutschlandstipendium will take place in the winter semester 2023/24. Applications can be submitted from July 2023. Information on the process will be announced here closer to the date.

A complete application includes the following documents

  • Tabular curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages)
  • German university entrance qualification or certificate (HZB); with non-German university entrance certificates, a translation which is transferable to the German system and converted to the German grading system is required
  • Confirmation of enrolment, or for new students, letter of acceptance or registration by the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  • For Master scholarship applications: Certification of first university degree
  • completed and signed application agreement

Supplementary documents will be taken into particular consideration

  • Academic and study achievements
  • Professional qualifications and references
  • Further qualifications and knowledge gained (e.g. languages)
  • Special awards and prizes
  • Social and family commitments
  • Factors that have hindered or impeded your edeucational career to date

Data Protection Information- in German (PDF)
Germany Scholarship Programme Act- in German (PDF)
Germany Scholarship Programme Regulations- in German (PDF)

Allocation of the Germany Scholarship

Scholarship Amount and Duration
Interested students who apply for the winter semester 2022/2023 semester will receive notice of final decisions at the beginning of October 2022.

The appropriation period for the Germany Scholarship is one year. The letter of approval includes the amount of the scholarship and its duration. The maximum duration is in accordance with the standard period of study for the respective program (Bachelor generally 6 semesters and Master maximum 4 semesters) minus the number of semesters already completed at the time of application.

The letter of approval will also stipulate which documents the scholarship recipient must provide.

The following verifications may be required

  • Enrollment certificate
  • Certificates for study achievements already completed within the study course (including exams, practicums, study abroad, excursions), which provide information on performance quality
  • Brief evaluation from an instructor
  • Brief description of the recipient about personal development since the scholarship allocation or since the last review, with regards to studies, possibly taking particular personal or familial circumstances into account

Scholarship Regulations (PDF)

Scholarship Board and Selection Process

Decision on granting the Germany Scholarship
The decision for granting the Germany Scholarship at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin for the Summer 2022 semester will be made by the scholarship board in the beginning of April 2022. On the basis of the reviewed applications, the scholarship board will create a ranked list for the granting of scholarships.

The criteria for determining the ranking lists are

  • For first-year students: The average grade on the university entrance qualification or certificate and particular professional suitability or qualifications as required.
  • For those already taking or beginning a Master study course: The final grades in the previous study course.
  • For students already enrolled at the IPU: The academic and study achievements to date, and especially ECTS credits and grades received.
  • For all applicants: Verification of special commitment or dedication, unique experience or qualifications, particular hardships, as well as special social, family or personal circumstances.

The Scholarship Board is made up of six voting members
Three university instructors. The selection is made from recommendations by the Academic Senate for a period of two years.
Three students. The selection is made from recommendations by the Academic Senate for a period of one year.

Scholarship Regulations (PDF)

FAQ Germany Scholarship

Questions and answers about the Germany Scholarship

General Information

IPU students can apply for a Germany Scholarship, who are enrolled as normal students (i.e. work fewer than 20 hours per week during the semester) and are within the standard period of study.

Yes. If they have applied for a study place for the winter semester 2022/2023 at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, they can apply for a Germany Scholarship from the IPU. The letter of acceptance or registration by the IPU can be submitted up to the 31 August, 12 AM midnight.

All students at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin can apply for a Germany Scholarship, provided they are enrolled as normal students (i.e. work fewer than 20 hours per week during the semester) and are within the standard period of study. The nationality and place of residence are not relevant.

No, doctoral students cannot apply for a Germany Scholarship.

Yes. According to the Germany Scholarship Programme Act (StipG) it is not relevant whether the student is pursuing a first, second or third degree or a postgraduate course. The decisive factor is that the student is enrolled as a normal student (i.e. works fewer than 20 hours per week during the semester) and is within the standard period of study.

Those on parental leave during the winter semester 2022/2023 can still apply for a Germany Scholarship, which will then take effect after the leave is over.

During a leave from study, for example, due to maternity protection, parental leave, or sickness, the scholarship will not be paid. When studies are resumed, the scholarship will be extended for the same duration as the previous leave. Separate rules apply for internships and placements.

The awarding of the Germany Scholarship is not dependent on the applicant's income. Thus, recipients of German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG) support and educational loans can apply for a Germany Scholarship from the IPU Berlin. However information must be provided about the period of time that the BAföG support has been granted.

Double scholarships for students who are already receiving a scholarship based on aptitude or achievement which exceeds the amount of 30.00 Euro per month is not allowed.

Mobility support provided through Erasmus or DAAD is compatible with the Germany Scholarship. Detailed information is available here.

Essentially, the support ends when the standard period of study ends. The scholarship is concluded at the end of the month in which the recipient:
1. Completes the last exam
2. Terminates his/her studies
3. Changes institutions
4. Exmatriculates

Applicants who wish to have a personal consultation with the office of the scholarship board are invited to make an appointment by email.

The Application Process

Study applicants submit their last degree or examination results (secondary level examination certificate, Bachelor, diploma or Master certificate).

Already enrolled students submit a certificate of performance from the Examination Authority with ECTS credits and grades.

The achievements that are obtained in the semester of the application can not be accepted.

If you have already completed professional training or have gained a longer period of professional experience (minimum 2 years), appropriate verification of same is to be submitted.

If you are currently attending your first or second semester and cannot - due to your specific study course - not yet verify that you have received grades, please submit the results of your last degree or education (secondary school examination certificate, Bachelor certificate, etc.).

These students have to submit appropriate verifications (medical certificate, etc.) with their application or they have to make a comprehensible presentation of the extent to which the illness or disability impairs their studies.

In the event that an incomplete application is submitted because appropriate verifications, such as certifications, child's/children's birth certificate(s), proof of employment activities, etc., are missing, these details will not be included in the evaluation. The applicant will not be informed that the application is incomplete.

Applications without the signed application agreement will not be taken into consideration in the selection process.

Yes. Study applicants can subsequently submit their letter of acceptance or university registration up to 28 February 2022 at 12 AM midnight.

Already enrolled students must submit their confirmation of enrolment for the summer semester up to the end of March.

Other verifications and documents which are mandatory for submission with the online application have to be submitted by 28 February 2022 at 12 AM midnight at the latest. Verifications and documents submitted at a later date cannot be considered anymore.

The Selection Process

The individual applications are evaluated anonymously in accordance with the rubric in the scholarship regulations.

The Scholarship Council recommends to the President of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin which applicants should receive a Germany Scholarship.

The scholarship is approved by the President of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin in the form of an official letter of approval.

II Sponsorship

Information for Sponsors

Sponsor clever minds with the Germany Scholarship

The principle: One half from the German Federal Government, the other half from you
The German National Scholarship Program enables students to receive a scholarship of €300 per month. Of this amount, €150 per month comes from private sources and €150 is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). A one-year scholarship consists, therefore, of a donation amount starting at 1,800 Euro. The International Psychoanalytic University Berlin participates in this program.

Who will be sponsored?
Particularly capable and dedicated students will be sponsored. Beyond that, the IPU Berlin places particular importance on the consideration of other factors that make up a dedicated personality. This means that study achievements as well as community engagement, individual initiative, and special personal circumstances, such as family care or immigrant status, are considered in the selection process.

IPU Sponsors

Harald Leupold-Löwenthal

IPU Sponsors and Fundraisers Association

The Endowment for the Support of University Psychoanalysis

What can I do?

Sponsorship Package 1
You sponsor one or more scholarships at an amount of €150 per month (€1,800 per annum) for at least 3 years. With a 3-year sponsorship period, we are able to ensure that the scholarship holder is supported throughout their studies. If you wish, you can determine from which fields of study or professional areas the sponsored student should come. We recommend awarding the scholarships without any restrictions so that the programme is available to the most talented and dedicated students to the greatest possible extent.

Sponsorship Package 2
You sponsor one or more scholarships at an amount of €150 per month (€1,800 per annum) for at least 1 year. In this way, you are supporting especially talented and dedicated students.

Sponsor Package 3
You provide one-time or regular donations at an amount of €150 per month (€1,800 per annum).

Your Advantages

  • Your donation is tax deductible.
  • Your donation is matched by the German Federal Government.
  • You get to personally know the scholarship holder.
  • If you wish, you can determine from which fields of study or professional areas your sponsored student should come (only with Sponsorship Package 1).
  • Your company's unique commitment enhances its image, and talented students regard you as an attractive employer.
  • With the Sponsor Signet on your emails, you present yourself as a company with a high sense of social responsibility to your business partners, clients, and friends.

Are you interested in supporting talented students?
Please contact us or simply return the Sponsorship Agreement to us.

Rovena Biletzki
IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 1 - Room 4.08
10555 Berlin
E-Mail: rovena.biletzki(at)