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Recognition grant

Recognition improves your chances of finding a job which matches your skills. But recognition costs money. If you have a low income and are working below the level of your professional qualification, the recognition grant may be able to help you.

Below, we explain how you can apply for the recognition grant and what you need to bear in mind when doing so:

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Do you need financial support for the recognition of your foreign qualification in Germany or for the assessment of higher education certificates by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB)?
Allow your local counselling centre—part of the Integration through Qualification (IQ) network—to advise you. The link is available below.

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Go to a counselling centre near you and complete an application for a recognition grant. Your local counselling centre—part of the Integration through Qualification (IQ) network—can also help you with this.

Important information

You must apply for funding through the recognition grant before you submit the application for recognition. Retrospective payment is not possible.

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Have you incurred costs of more than €100? The central funding authority will pay you the recognition grant once your evidence has been submitted. Please submit any costs incurred immediately.

You can claim your costs incurred and submit your evidence within 9 months after you have received your funding commitment.


Lassen Sie sich bei der zentralen Förderstelle für den Anerkennungszuschuss telefonisch oder per E-Mail beraten:

Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (f-bb) gGmbH
Telefon: +49 371 4 33 11 222
E-Mail: anerkennungszuschuss@f-bb.de

Recognition grant flyer

The flyer contains important information about the recognition grant and can be downloaded in German.


The following link takes you to the counselling offers:

Coronavirus: Fewer recognition services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some services for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany are currently not available.

You can learn more about recognition from us whenever you like. Take some time to read our information, available in 11 languages! Then you will be well informed for the next steps.

Via the Recognition Finder you can find out everything about the recognition procedure for your occupation, which documents you need and where you should send your application: › To the Recognition Finder

Our FAQ provide answers to the most common questions about recognition:  › To the FAQs

You can find out which services are not available or only available to a limited extent by checking our information page on the current situation: › To the information page