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Anonymised microdata from the German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) are provided to external users free of charge for use in non-commercial research. Please note the conditions of use before filling in the application form.

Data are not provided for seminar papers. Bachelor candidates should have their supervisor apply and be registered as co-users.

You need statistical software such as Stata or SPSS to analyse the data. If your research only requires secondary statistical information, the reports published by the Survey on Volunteering provide ample information, figures, and tables of all survey years and thus provide a comprehensive overview of many volunteering-related topics. Publications based on data of the German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) you can find here.

Once you have completed the application form, please click the "Send Application to FDZ-DZA" button, and you should immediately receive an email with a summary of your data. If you do not receive this email, contact us directly via our contact form.

By sending the application, you grant permission to the FDZ-DZA to store and process the personal data you provided for purposes of handling your application. Your personal data will not be shared with other parties.



Are there other persons involved in the project who will have access to the data?

Other persons involved in the project who will have access to the data (Co-User)

First Person

Second Person

Third Person

Purpose of Usage

Purpose of Usage*

Type of Project - check as many as apply
Requested Data Sets

Requested Data Sets*

please check appropriate box
How did you take notice of the FWS data?

How did you take notice of the FWS data?

Multiple answers possible, annotations welcome
Information on the processing of your data can be found in the data protection note.