The Hanns Siedel Foundation, which has close ties with the Christian Social Union (CSU), is one of twelve German support foundations for gifted students and supports students at German universities. Their journalistic support programme offers the recipient a course of preparatory vocational training alongside their studies. A maximum of 585 Euros is awarded per month to the recipient (calculated according to the German Federal Law on Support in Education (BaföG)). Recipients also get 150 Euros book money irrespective of their parents' income. After a succesfully completed probationary year, the stipend may continue to be received for the maximum possible duration as determined by the level of student loan (BaföG).
Eligible to apply are all students with journalistic talent, including incoming students and educational residents (Bildungseinlaender). An application may be made at any point during a student's course of study. Applicants must have an above average academic record (school and university). Evidence that the student has upheld prior sociopolitical commitments (in the field of social cooperation, open/denominational youth work or party-political experience) is required. A character reference that aligns with the values of the CSU must also be submitted.