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The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung


Our mission is to create pathways, broaden perspectives and strengthen characters.



We create opportunity.

Roots and wings - according to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, children should be given both of these things to accompany them on their journey through life. It is also our mission to realise this in our work as a foundation: we aim to to strengthen young people in their pursuit of educational and life goals, and to support them in their personal development. At the same time, we offer our active scholars and alumni a vibrant, communicative and lasting community.

»Within the scope of our support for young talented people it is our avowed concern to equip them with more than just financial benefit. It is also about values we want to pass on - as well as a set of tools for a good life we want to provide the young people for their further paths through life.«

Dr. Regina Back
Managing Director

Create and accompany educational pathways

The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung supports talented young people at every stage of their development: at school, at university and in their profession. Under the three categories School & Education, University & Academia and Arts & Culture, we offer scholarship programmes and project funding to pupils, students, doctoral candidates and emerging academics, along with artists, musicians and creatives.

Supporting talented and committed young people is at the core of our work as a foundation. In addition, every year we invite teachers and professors from Hamburg schools and tertiary institutions, along with their pupils and students, to develop innovative project ideas and apply for funding as part of the 'Unseren Schulen' and 'Unseren Hochschulen' competitions. 

Non-material or 'wholistic' support is a fundamental aspect of our work. We offer our scholars a comprehensive and tailored programme of seminars, lecture events and coaching sessions. We create numerous opportunities for exchange, dialogue and shared experiences, bring scholars and alumni together at regional chapter meetings and provide a cross-disciplinary curriculum. 


»With our scholarship programmes and project funding we are able to accompany young people on their journeys. It ist a multi-faceted and inspiring task to support their passion and committment - it's fun and it's worthwhile. It's wonderful to see how the foundation's work has borne fruit over the years and continues to diversify and develop.«

Georg Joachim Claussen
Chairman, Claussen-Simon-Stiftung

Our founders


Georg W. Claussen and Ebba Simon: Two influential Hamburg philanthropists.


Inquiring Minds, Hungry for Knowledge

The vision of our two founding philanthropists is very important to us and we aim to help young people develop their talents and passions fully, be it at school, in academia or through cultural endeavours. The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung operates throughout Germany, with a focus on the Hamburg region.


School & Education


We support pupils, teachers and student teachers in Hamburg with various forms of individual and project funding.


University & Academia


In assisting students and doctoral candidates and funding research and study projects, we support learning and teaching at universities in Hamburg.


Arts & Culture


We help graduates of creative programs to build independent artistic careers following their time at university and support a range of cultural projects and initiatives in Hamburg.


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