grips gewinnt
Promoting Talent

"grips gewinnt" - Student Scholarship

Scholarships for Talented and Dedicated Students

Together with the Joachim Herz Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung awards scholarships to high-performing and dedicated students through its program "grips gewinnt". Participants are supported from eighth grade on their way to obtaining their Abitur (German secondary school diploma qualifying for university admission). Students in the German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein are eligible to apply.

In addition to providing financial aid, the scholarship also offers a wide variety of educational opportunities (seminars, study days, summer academies, etc.), as well as mentoring for the recipients. All activities are designed to enhance the individual development of participants - academically and personally. Students are selected for the program based on their academic potential, dedication to academic and/or extracurricular activities, and their family’s socio-economic background. The program aims to provide educational opportunity to talented students and helps them realize their full potential. The deadline for applications is March/April of each year, with the program beginning on September 1st.

The Context
Despite considerable advancements in the German educational system over recent decades and accompanying efforts to achieve educational equity, the achievement gap continues to widen - along with greater social inequalities in terms of educational involvement and obtaining higher qualifications. Young people from middle-class families are still three times as likely to attend a university-track secondary school as those from families with lower socio-economic background, even with comparable ability and performance.

A joint study by McKinsey and Robert Bosch Stiftung predicts a lack of two million skilled employees on the job market by 2020. At the same time, schools are not always successful in adequately supporting talented students. The 2010 German Educational Report estimates that approximately one third of all children and young adults are not able to realize their full potential as a result of financial, social, or cultural obstacles. As a consequence, there is not only a growing lack of academics and skilled workers. Educational opportunities continue to be distributed unequally within society - which results in highly unequal life chances.

According to the study "More Opportunities for Students" commissioned by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, occupational orientation, educational opportunities, and individual mentoring are the key factors in ensuring that young people successfully obtain their Abitur and continue on academic paths such as participation in a specialized vocational training program or pursuing a degree at a college or university.


Phone: +49 (0)40 533 295-77

Contact at the Foundation

Julia Hoeter
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-133