FAQs on the Germany Scholarship for prospective applicants
Half of the funding for the D-Stips come from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the other half from private donors that include foundations, business firms, or private individuals.
You can apply regardless of which semester you are in; the only condition in this respect is that the scholarship award cannot be awarded beyond the regular period of studies.
The scholarship is always awarded for the term of one year and must be renewed every year. The only condition is that the Germany Scholarship cannot extend beyond the end of regular studies. High school graduates can apply for the Germany Scholarship as soon as they are enrolled at the University of Stuttgart.
Yes, funding can be obtained over several years. However, the scholarship award is limited to one year (two semesters) and, since it is tendered anew every year, students who already have the Germany Scholarship must go through the application process again at the stipulated time.
The application deadlines are regularly announced on this Internet page. Application deadlines are usually between the end of November and mid-December.
No, the Germany Scholarship is not means-tested and not counted against BAföG or deducted from it.
The Germany Scholarship is a merit scholarship for which, in addition to grades, also some so-called soft factors (see next FAQs) play a large role. It is used to support the best people in a study program.
It runs as follows: Applicant lists sorted by grades are forwarded to the relevant awards committee together with the application documentation. Each faculty has its own awards committee that considers only the applications that pertain to the respective faculty. The awards committee evaluates the files also with respect to the very important soft factors (see FAQ #13) for this scholarship. It is on this basis that it decides on the scholarship awards.
Besides the grade average, the following soft factors are taken into account in awarding the scholarships: subject-related and non-subject qualifications and achievements (e.g., prizes and internships), extracurricular engagement (e.g., volunteering, social or political engagement) but also circumstances that have complicated the educational biography to date (such as caring for own children, a migration background, illnesses). See also Section 6 of the University of Stuttgart statutes for awarding Germany Scholarships (pdf) (August 11, 2011).
Matching with donors occurs fundamentally at random. For possible exceptions, see FAQ #5 for donors.
Yes, if your donor does not choose to remain anonymous, we will pass the contact information on to you.
Not at all. The scholarship comes without any strings attached. It is a different matter if you, as the recipient, decide to contact your donor, to introduce yourself or to thank the donor. You are free to do so, provided the donor allows divulging her or his contact information to you.
It is impossible to generalize here. No doubt there are firms that can offer such framework programs and would like to do so, but then there are others that will want to leave it at the monthly financial support. Should you be interested in such supplementary programs, you have two primary avenues available to you as a scholarship recipient: Since we may be authorized to pass on the donor’s contact data to you, you could inquire directly with the donor if such offers are on the table. We also offer the scholarship recipients the option of passing on their contact data to the respective donors. If you agree to this, firms that have such framework programs and want to invite you can contact you if they wish.
It depends. If you already receive a scholarship from public resources (e.g., Erasmus, DAAD) you cannot claim additional support in the form of a Germany Scholarship and so must decide which scholarship to opt for. In contrast, receiving private support money (such as industry scholarships) does not prevent getting the Germany Scholarship simultaneously.
For evaluating the academic performance of high school graduates, first semester students or students in their second semester, the average mark on the high school “Abitur” is used.
For evaluating the grade record of students that are at least in their third semester at the time of application, the current average marks received in their studies are used. The rules for State Examination for Teachers students are set out in Section 4 of the Statute (pdf).
At the University of Stuttgart, in order to do justice to the difference between Abitur grades on the one hand and study grades on the other hand, we will handle the two applicant types separately. This will result in the award committees for both groups each receiving separate lists sorted by grades.