Application from 01.12.2017 till 16.12.2017
German Scholarships (Deutschlandstipendien) from 01.04.2018 till 31.03.2019
Students of the University of Stuttgart (except for PhD students), enrolled at the University of Stuttgart for the summer semester 2018, with good to excellent grades, and compliant with at least one additional criterion, are invited to apply.
Attention: the scholarship cannot be granted in case the additional requirement is not fulfilled.
The call-for-applications' text and application form will be available to download from December 1, 2017 on this website.
The applications are accepted as hardcopies and must be submitted to the University of Stuttgart until December 16, 2017 the latest. The exact post address will be published in November.
For a successful application, the application deadline as well as the following requirements have to be observed:
- the last semester of a standard study period is no earlier than the summer semester 2018;
- the expected number of credit points has been acquired according to the study-course plan (does not apply to students in their 1st or 2nd semester during the winter semester 2017/2018);
- the proof of additional requirement being met is submitted (e.g., social, political, ecological commitment, and/or special circumstances, and/or awards, and/or special career development, etc.);
- enrollment at University of Stuttgart during the summer semester 2018 is confirmed;
- if you are studying for your bachelor's degree during the winter semester 2017/18 but expect to start your master's studies in the summer semester 2018, your application must only be submitted for the 1st semester (possibly 2nd semester) of your master's studies;
- the proof of the required minimum grade is submitted (will be published on this site in the end of November). Exception: if you do not meet the minimum-grade criterion but you can demonstrate other additional requirements being successfully met, you will be still considered by the commission provided your grade deviates only slightly from the expected minimum grade.
Who is the scholarship intended for?
The Germany Scholarship (D-Stip) is a merit scholarship, but one that does not look just at good grades. Instead, students who receive it also distinguish themselves in other respects – for example, by their social engagement, readiness to take responsibility or by having had to deal with difficult social, familial, or personal circumstances. The successful candidate will receive a 300 euro monthly stipend for one year.
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.