Germany Scholarship Award for the period of April 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2021!
The application period for the Germany Scholarship has passed. Applications are no longer possible!
Who is the scholarship intended for?
The Germany Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium (DStip)) is an achievement scholarship, for which not only good grades count. Additional requirements are of importance as well!
Why is it worth applying for The Germany Scholarship?
We asked the 2017 scholarship holders. Here is what they said.(Video available in German only)
FAQs on the Germany Scholarship for prospective applicants
Half of the funding for the D-Stips comes from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the other half from private donors that include foundations, companies, private individuals and others.
You can apply regardless of which semester you are in; the only condition in this respect is that the last semester of your standard study period ends not before the summer semester.
The scholarship is always awarded for the term of one year and must be renewed every year.
Yes, funding can be obtained over several years. However, at the University of Stuttgart 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. Usually, the application documents can be handed in at the beginning of January.
No, the Germany Scholarship is not connected to your income and/or BAföG payments, therefore, will not reduce the BAföG payments. If housing subsidy is granted, please contact the relevant office.
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 and most engaged people in a study program.
A scholarship is granted to those students, who are on top of a ranking list of the commission of their study program. There are scholarships bound to special study programs and unbound scholarships. The distribution of the unbound scholarships to Faculties 1 to 10 is determined by the rectorate. Each Faculty grants scholarships according to their ranking. The allocation of the application to the faculty is determined by the study program.
Determination of the ranking:
All paper applications are proceeded electronically. For each application, a preliminary rating is generated based on the self-declarations, and weighting of grades and additional criteria (in German: Anlage 1 (Profilraster) der Satzung der Universität Stuttgart für die Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien (11. August 2011) [de]). All digitalized data are displayed in a preliminary ranking sorted for each Faculty. The grants commissions verify, correct if necessary, and then set up a final ranking.
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 [de] (pdf) (August 11, 2011).
Applicants may optionally choose up to three donors, by whom they prefer to be funded. However, a matching to the desired donor is not guaranteed due to the numerous similar wishes and the existing funding contracts.
Partly, donors are allowed to take part in the grants commissions advisory. After the decisions, the donors may choose their scholars.
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. A successful contact maintenance may lead to further granting activity of the donors. Thus, you may help indirectly your successors.
There are donors, who 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.
According to a rectorate’s resolution, one fourth of the scholarships has to be granted to freshmen (first two semesters of a Bachelor program).
- For evaluating the academic performance of high school graduates and first semester students (Bachelor), the average mark on the high school “Abitur” is used.
- For evaluating the grade record of students that are at least in their second semester at the time of application, the current average marks received in their studies are used.
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.