In 1999 the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s (RLF) “Studienwerk” (an organisation that provides social, financial and cultural support services to students in Germany) began awarding scholarships to German and foreign students (under graduate and doctorate) who study in Germany.
The RLF is a political educational organisation and is affiliated with DIE LINKE (The Left Party). The main goals of the RLF are: contributing to the democratization of the forming of political will, strengthening social justice and solidarity, as well as demolishing patriarchal, ethnical and national based oppression.
Since establishing a financial aid program in 1999 the RLF’s “Studienwerk” has assisted almost 900 scholars and is currently supporting in total circa 400 students and doctorate students (foreign and national). Yearly, approximately 120 new stipendiaries are granted funding with about 25 being doctorate students.
Criteria for support and scholarship types
In agreement with the goals of the RLF its “Studienwerk” supports students displaying scholarly excellence and who are additionally active in social, political and/or community services, which are considered to be representative of the ideology of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
Applicants are required to be enrolled at a German university. We also require a very good knowledge of the German language (proof of language proficiency is necessary).
In an attempt to offset social, political and gender biases, the RLF’s “Studienwerk” gives preference to equally qualified women, applicants from socially weak backgrounds and people with disabilities. Students and doctorate students in natural sciences, technical and engineering disciplines are explicitly encouraged to apply.
Apart from the scholarships, support is also provided in the form of an extensive event calendar. This includes various seminars about technical and methodical aspects of working in research, graduate seminars, conferences, retreats, workshops and educational excursions. The RLF also facilitates self-government and work groups of the stipendiaries.