There are numerous foundations throughout Germany funding research projects and supporting scholars. The most important national foundations, concerning the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Business Administration and Law, are listed below
- The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- The Volkswagen Foundation
- The Robert Bosch Stiftung
- The Gerda Henkel Foundation
- The Fritz Thyssen Foundation
In addition, there are various organisations "Begabtenförderungswerke" that support talented young researchers PhD scholarships.