Support for students & prospective students from groups underrepresented at universities

In Germany, there are numerous non-profit organizations and associations that provide information to social groups which are underrepresented in higher education. These organizations are (1) independent of the higher education institution and (2) completely non-binding and for the most part free of charge. You can find an overview of a number of such initiatives below. If you belong to one of the target groups listed below use the listed websites to find out about individual offers (e.g. mentoring, workshops or career advice) and benefit from the diverse support systems!

  • Mentoring
  • Workshops and webinars
  • networking
  • Meetings and consultation hours
  • E-mail contact
  • Info telephone
  • Career entry support by mentoring


Target group: first generation students

Netzwerk Chancen

  • Mentoring
  • Workshops and individual coaching
  • networking
  • Get-together
  • Career center (interview training, document check)
  • Contact with employers


Target group: People from financially weak and non-academic backgrounds between 18-39 years


  • Find and apply for scholarships
  • Scholarship counseling in English
  • Consultation appointments


Target group: People from non-academic families, with a migration background,

Refugee history, low socioeconomic status, mental or physical impairment or other difficulties in educational biography

First Generation Promotion

  • Free individual consultation
  • Free information events and workshops on various topics related to doctoral studies
  • Exchange and networking
  • Regular get-togethers
  • Teamwork and commitment to educational equity in science and teaching


Target group: Doctoral students from non-academic families

Advice for students with disabilities / chronic illnesses 

  • Advice
  • Application and approval
  • Everyday student life
  • Studies and exams
  • Financing
  • Studying abroad
  • Job and career


Target group: Students with disabilities and chronic diseases




  • Mentoring
  • Events
  • Training
  • networking



Target group: Women

Note: Membership is subject to a fee and the membership fee is based on income.