Networking and alumni relations

Our alumni are experts on their topics. That's why we support the commitment of our alumni and involve them in our foundation's work as speakers, ambassadors and partners.

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Why get involved as an alumni?

As an alumni, you benefit from being part of a large, interdisciplinary network. At alumni meetings, you can exchange ideas with each other, develop personally, and advance your own ideas and projects.

With our networking and alumni work, we strengthen contact

  • to alumni of our projects and funding programs,
  • to a broad network of cooperation partners and
  • to people whom our foundation has supported for a short time or within a larger group.

We welcome your involvement - because with their experience and expertise, our alumni enrich the foundation's work and carry the foundation's values into society.

How can I get involved as an alumnus or alumna?

As a former scholarship or grant recipient, you can contribute your expertise and time in a variety of ways - for example as a speaker, program ambassador or cooperation partner.

In addition to opportunities for involvement, the alumni network also offers space for exchange and encounters and for finding support and supporters for your own project ideas.


Natalia Sliwinski

We would be pleased if you would like to continue working with us after the funding period has expired. Please feel free to contact us!

Natalia Sliwinski + 49 40 533295-30 nsliwinski(at)joachim-herz-stiftung(dot)de

Alumni groups

This overview shows our alumni groups. If you do not find your program or sponsorship, you can still get involved as an alumnus or alumna. Please feel free to contact us.

Program area personality development

"grips gewinnt"

With about 1,000 people, it is the largest and oldest alumni group. Alumni are involved, for example, as artists, speakers or jurors. Many alumni remain closely involved with the program, which often lasts several years, long after the sponsorship has ended.

In 2016, committed alumni founded the association"grips vereint e. V.", with which they would like to give back to society.

Azubis USA & Canada

Around 300 former scholarship holders are alumni of the "Apprentices USA & Canada" program. Around 30 of them act as alumni ambassadors at vocational schools, companies and trade fairs to provide information about the program. In this way, more apprentices learn about the opportunity to gain international experience during their training.

Would you like to invite an ambassador? The program currently covers the German states of Bavaria, Berlin, Saxony and Hamburg, as well as the Hamburg metropolitan region.

Azubi Kolleg

The alumni group from the scholarship program for trainees "Azubi Kolleg Lübeck" currently comprises 23 alumni.



Program area natural sciences

Add-on Fellows

The alumni group consists of about 90 people. Alumni are involved in the Fellow meetings, for example, and are included as speakers, workshop leaders, and jury members in the annual selection process.

LinkedIn group for networking among alumni and current fellows

Kolleg Didactics:digital

About 60 people from the funding program are involved in jury work, teacher training courses, conferences or publications.



Program area Economy

Add-on Fellows

About 36 people are involved, for example, in the selection of future Fellows and in Fellow meetings as speakers and workshop leaders. In addition, former Fellows are involved in the further development of non-material support in committees.

LinkedIn group for networking among alumni and current Fellows




The group consists of about 80 former scholarship recipients of the colleges and universities supported by the Deutschlandstipendium. These include:

  • HAW Hamburg
  • University of Hamburg
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • University of Leipzig
  • University of Greifswald
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg



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