The Deutschlandstipendium: Best of both worlds for students

The Deutschlandstipendium provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. Modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros. But there is even more: Many universities and private sponsors also support Deutschlandstipendium holders through concurrent mentoring programmes, networking events and internships.

300 euros per month for international top-class talent

students in the auditoriumMore than 22,500 students are already enjoying the benefits of the Deutschlandstipendium. Photo: © BMBF 2013The Deutschlandstipendium supports highly talented students at all participating universities in Germany. The scholarship is awarded without consideration of personal or parent income and one’s nationality is not material to award either. The scholarship funds do not count towards grants awarded under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). There are no social insurance contributions payable.

How and where can students apply?

The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded by the universities. Applicants must meet the requirements of the individual institutions. In addition to academic achievement, the criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include social commitment and personal achievements, such as a student overcoming challenges or obstacles in his or her social or family background.

How long do students receive funding?

Funding is normally granted for at least two semesters but may be provided for a maximum time which covers the standard period of study. At intervals of two semesters the university reviews whether the scholarship holder still meets the award criteria and whether private funding will continue to be available.

What else is in store?

More and more institutions of higher education and private sponsors are offering additional non-financial support in connection with the Deutschlandstipendium. Mentoring programmes, networking events and internships allow scholarship holders to establish valuable contacts to businesses and gain insight into work life.

Further information

To find out which institutions of higher education in Germany offer the Deutschlandstipendium, go to our interactive map of Germany at: www.deutschlandstipendium.de/de/1970.php

Infographic: This is how Germany Scholarship worksThis is how the Deutschlandstipendium works. Infographic: © BMBF 2015

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