How to afford the printing cost subsidy?

Learn how to afford the printing cost subsidy for publications in the Arts and Sciences.

In this article, we will introduce you to foundations that provide financial support for printing costs for monographic works (especially dissertations and postdoctoral theses) and anthologies. If you are a Swiss or Austrian citizen, or if you are an academic in one of the two countries, you may find the information on Switzerland and Austria at the end of the list interesting. Finally, we present further research tools on the internet.

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Funding in Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 

Publication aid for publications produced within the framework of the Foundation’s sponsorship. 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 
Department of Sponsorship and Network 
Jean-Paul-Str. 12 
53173 Bonn

Contact: info@avh.de 


Axel Springer Foundation 

This foundation generally promotes science and research with a tendency towards historical scholarship. Printing const subsidies are available for dissertations and other publication projects. According to its own statement, the foundation is legally and substantively independent of Axel Springer SE.

Axel Springer Foundation
10888 Berlin 


Applications by mail or email 

German Research Foundation (DFG) 

The DFG supports scientists from all disciplines. Publication support is available at: 

  • Works on basic research (editions)
  • Works with special scientific significance 
  • Dissertations only in exceptional cases 
  • Publications (monographs, edited volumes), especially by scientists with doctoral degrees. 

German Research Foundation (DFG)
Kennedyallee 40 
53175 Bonn 

Contact: postmaster@dfg.de 


Applications via elan

FAMA Art Foundation 

Funding for scientific work in conjunction with exhibitions and publications on the visual and applied arts. 


November 15 (decision by January 20 in the following year) 

FAMA Art Foundation
c/o Kapp, Ebeling & Partner
Berliner Allee 3
30175 Hanover


Applications by mail 

Fazit Foundation

This foundation supports doctoral and postdoctoral studies. 

Grants for printing costs up to 2.000 EUR 

Fazit Foundation 
Hellerhofstr. 2-4 
60327 Frankfurt a. M. 

Contact: info@fazit.de 


Franz and Eva Rutzen Foundation

This foundation generally promotes science and research in the field of archaeology.


April 30 

DSZ – German Foundation Center 
Barkhovenallee 1 
45239 Essen 

Contact: swantje.beitzer@stifterverband.de 


Fritz Thyssen Foundation 

This foundation supports the areas of history, language and culture, state, economy and society as well as ‚image and imagery‘. Publication support is only available through projects already funded by the foundation (no dissertations). 

Fritz Thyssen Foundation 
Apostelnkloster 13-15 
50672 Cologne

Contact: fts@fritz-thyssen-stiftung.de 


Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for the Humanities 

This foundation, which focuses on linguistics, literature, art and history, provides funding in particular for dissertations (but only summa/magna cum laude) and post-doctoral theses, conference proceedings etc. only in exceptional cases. 

Grants for printing costs

1.000-2.500 EUR (depending on the subject also from 5.000-10.000 EUR)


Feb 15, respectively Aug 15

Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for the Humanities
Schusterstr. 46-48
55116 Mainz 

Contact: beate.kant@bifond.de 


Applications by mail

Kurt Ringger Foundation

This foundation supports research in Romance studies 

General Secretariat of the Academy of Sciences and Literature 
Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 2 
55131 Mainz 

Contact: generalsekretariat@adwmainz.de   


Laura Bossi Scholarship 

The Laura Bossi Fellowship – launched in 2018 by Editing Press – supports aspiring scholars in all disciplines by providing editorial assistance. 

Master’s candidates: USD 750
PhD candidates: USD 2,500
Junior scholars: USD 500

Spring, summer and winter
Please check website for exact information.


Ludwig Sievers Foundation 

Publication support in various disciplines. According to its website, this foundation promotes works of scientific research on the nature and significance of the liberal professions.  

Ludwig Sievers Foundation 
Office of the board 
Herbert-Lewin-Platz 2 
10623 Berlin 


Richard Stury Foundation

This foundation provides general support for the arts and humanities. Publication support for scientific works of all kinds. 

Richard Stury Foundation 
Possartstr. 18 
81679 Munich 

Contact: infor@richard-strury-stiftung.de 


Applications by email (PDF) 

Robert Bosch Foundation 

This foundation supports projects in the fields of education, society, health and science 

Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH 
Heidehofstr. 31 
70184 Stuttgart 


Verwertungsgesellschaf Wort (VG Wort)

The VG Wort awards printing cost subsidies for excellent scientific works (summa cum laude) high specializations and small print runs. Conference proceedings are not supported, anthologies only in exceptional cases. 

Printing cost subsidies

up to 15,000 EUR 

Promotion and Subsidy Fund for Science of VG WORT 
GmbH Goethestr. 49 
80336 Munich 

Contact: vgw@vgwort.de 

Download form: www.vgwort.de > Social institutions > Förderungsfonds (see information sheet and guidelines) 

Walter de Gruyter Foundation 

The foundation generally promotes science and research with a bias toward the humanities. Eligibility only after invitation to submit an application

De Gruyter Publishing House  
Genthiner Str. 13 
10785 Berlin 

Contact: stiftung@degruyter.com 


ZEIT Foundation 

With the publication program „Open Science“, the ZEIT Foundation supports scientific, independent publications by graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. In print and in open access.

31.10. and 30.04.

ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius
Feldbrunnenstrasse 56
20148 Hamburg

Contact: christiani@zeit-stiftung.de 

https: // www.zeit-stiftung.de /

Funding in Austria

Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research (FWF) 

The FWF funds publications in all disciplines. 

Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research (FWF) 
House of Research 
Sensengasse 1
1090 Vienna 

Contact: office@fwf.ac.at 


Austrian Research Foundation 

Only Austrian citizens or scientists working in Austria who have not yet submitted an application to the FWF are eligible to apply. 

Austrian Research Foundation 
Berggasse 25/I
PO Box 50 
1092 Vienna 

Contact: oefg@oefg.at 


Funding in Switzerland

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Only Swiss citizens or scientists working in Switzerland are eligible to apply. Funding possibilities for the humanities and social sciences. The SNF generously supports open access publications. Information can be found on the website. 

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
Wildhainweg 3 
3001 Bern 
P.O. Box 8232 

Contact: divi@snf.ch 


Further information

You can search for foundations using the following links. 

  • Bundesverband deutscher Stiftungen – Collection database of numerous foundations (www.stiftungen.org)
  • EFLI – Service Center for ELectronic Research FundingInformation (www.elfi.info)
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft – usually does not provide its own funding, but offers a search engine for the appropriate foundation (www.stifterverband.info). 

If you are supported by a foundation during your doctoral studies, you can also ask them for (partial) publication support. 

If you are looking for a foundation that supports your doctoral studies, it is worthwhile to start your search at the 13 German foundations in higher education (Begabtenförderwerke). The general conditions for financial support are set by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).