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Fritz Thyssen Stiftung


The Fritz Thyssen Stiftung was founded on July 7, 1959 by Mrs. Amélie Thyssen and her daughter Anita, Countess Zichy-Thyssen, in memory of August and Fritz Thyssen. It was the first large private foundation to be established after World War II in Germany. Following decades of stagnation in the German foundation landscape, the founding of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung paved the way for the appearance of other new foundations in Germany.

Source of funds:

The Foundation was endowed with shares of the Thyssen A.G. and derives its income mainly from the dividends on theses shares.


The exclusive purpose of the foundation is, according to its statutes, the direct promotion of science and research at institutions of higher education and research, particularly in Germany, with special consideration of young scientists. The foundation has concentrated its activities onto certain time-limited research projects that fall within its fields of interest. The foundation supports smaller symposia as well as young scientists who have already completed their PhD and finances several international scholarship and exchange programmes as well as the publication of the results thereof in a limited way. Along these lines, the foundation welcomes the collaboration with international scientists. The foundation organizes scientific symposia and lectures and has planned a serie of programmes for the support of exceptionally gifted scientists.

Fields of interest:

The Foundation provides supportive measures in the fields of "History, language, and culture","State, economy and society", as well as "Medicine and natural sciences" (main focus: "Molecular pathogenesis and models of the origins of diseases"); moreover furtherances in the cross-sections of "Image and representativeness" and "International relations"


Foundation grants do not cover costs which were incurred before the date of application, nor can grants be used for projects of commercial interest, development projects, or publishing costs unrelated to projects supported by the Foundation. The Foundation does not support projects in fields from which it derives its income.


Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Am Römerturm 3
50667 Köln
Tel: +49 (0)221/277496-0
Fax: +49 (0)221/277496-29

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