Becoming a Sponsor or Funding Organization

As a private sponsor or funding organization at the University of Mannheim, you will support talented young people with long-term financial funding, personal exchange, and the benefit of your knowledge and experience.

Promoting excellence

The University of Mannheim has a wide range of excellent degree programs. Numerous university rankings confirm the high quality of the programs available. The University of Mannheim regularly achieves top positions in both national and international rankings for its programs in the fields of Business Administration, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Romance Studies, History, English and American Studies, German Studies, and Business Informatics.

The university's profile is characterized by its focus on excellent degree programs in Business Administration and Economics and Social Sciences. In these two fields of research, the University of Mannheim has been ranked among the 20 best research universities in Europe for years. We take advantage of this good reputation to attract exceptionally talented and motivated first-year students from all over Germany and offer them the best academic opportunities for their studies.

For generations, the University of Mannheim has been training top executives in the fields of business, science, and society.

The scholarship system of the University of Mannheim

Since 2007, the university has had its own scholarship system. More than 2,600 particularly talented and committed students have already benefited from funding. Each of the scholarship programs has a specific focus and provides targeted support. Academic achievements, success in sports, or mastering challenging situations in life can qualify students for a scholarship.

As a foundation, company or private individual, you can also contribute to the personal and professional development of students by granting financial support. Both the Deutschland Scholarship and individual programs are suitable for this purpose.

Deutschland Scholarship

The Deutschland Scholarship is a funding program for particularly high-performing and committed students that is run by the federal government. Every euro from private sponsors or funding organizations is matched by one euro from the federal government. In addition to financial funding, there is in many cases also non-material support in the form of internships or similar.

The Deutschland Scholarship rewards outstanding achievements at university or school – especially when they are linked to the respective student’s coping with difficult life situations. The aim is to support students who assume social responsibility at an early stage. Among other things, scholarship holders are involved in student initiatives and departmental student committees.

I consider the Deutschland Scholarship to be a great appreciation of my achievements and also as encouragement for my studies. I appreciate the numerous opportunities to exchange ideas with other scholarship holders as well as with private sponsors from the world of business and take advantage of the opportunity to build a network for the future.

Anna Lehmann, holder of the Deutschland Scholarship / Credit: Leah Kratschmann

Thanks to the Deutschland Scholarship I have been able to develop both personally and professionally. The direct contact with well-known companies and the participation in local events, in particular, gave me new and important insights into my future professional life. I am grateful that the scholarship has helped me to come closer to my goal of becoming active on an international level in the future.

Sebastian Junker, holder of the Deutschland Scholarship / Credit: Leah Kratschmann

The Deutschland Scholarship involves much more than just financial support. Above all, I benefit from the non-material support of my funding organization. So far, I have had the opportunity to participate in workshops and lectures, which provided me with new insights and enabled me to make new contacts.

Tamara Schmitt, holder of the Deutschland Scholarship / Credit: Leah Kratschmann

The Deutschland Scholarship involves much more than just money. As a scholarship holder I have the opportunity to show that I am an excellent student. For international students, like me, it is especially important to prove themselves in Germany. By attending events, we can make first personal contacts in the business world. I would like to thank the sponsors and funding organizations and the selection committee for providing me with this opportunity.

Hyosun Jang, holder of the Deutschland Scholarship / Credit: Photo Zhivago

Individual programs

The University of Mannheim gives sponsors the opportunity to establish their own scholarship programs. In doing so, the university collaborates closely with its partners both in the development and implementation of the program.

The existing programs are advertised individually. They are linked to specific selection processes in which the respective sponsors and/or funding organizations are directly involved. The University of Mannheim is happy to offer major funding organizations the opportunity to develop additional scholarship programs. Due to the effort involved in developing and implementing a new program, the annual funding volume should be at least in the mid five-digit range.

Current individual funding programs include the Spitzensport-Stipendium Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar and the Mannheim Scholarship.

Spitzensport-Stipendium Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar

The family of field hockey player and Olympic athlete Klaus Greinert and the Dietmar Hopp Foundation support top athletes in achieving both their sporting and academic goals.

Mannheim Scholarship

The City of Mannheim promotes highly qualified specialists and young talents to strengthen the city's position as an important science and business location.

Advantages for funding organizations

  • We will find you suitable scholarship holders to match your priorities.
  • You will come into direct contact with high-performing young talents.
  • You will be invited to the annual scholarship ceremony, giving you the opportunity to exchange ideas with the scholarship holders.
  • The Deutschland Scholarship enables you to work together with students and to strengthen their ties to your company, for example through internships or networking meetings.
  • You show visible commitment to the University of Mannheim and contribute to strengthening the region.


Dr. Benedikt Kastner

Dr. Benedikt Kastner

Scholarships and Public Relations
University of Mannheim
President's Office
Schloss Ostflügel
68161 Mannheim