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frequently asked Questions

In the list of frequently asked questions you will find answers to all areas of the Germany Scholarship that are of interest to students. Other specific questions about thescholarship also forSponsor andUniversitiesare answered in the respective sections.


How much is the grant and who pays it?

The Germany scholarship is 300 euros per month. Private sponsors such as companies, foundations, alumni and other private individuals take on 150 euros of this. The federal government pays the other 150 euros. The Deutschlandstipendium is paid directly to the scholarship holders by the universities. The funding is awarded regardless of income and can also be obtained in addition to BAföG. If sponsors donate more than 150 euros per month for a scholarship, the respective scholarship holder receives the additional amount in addition to the regular sum of 300 euros.

Does the money have to be paid back?

No. Scholarship holders do not have to repay the funds received.

Who can apply?

Students of all nationalities and all subject areas who are enrolled at a state or state-recognized university can apply for the Germany Scholarship if their university offers the Germany Scholarship. In principle, every course of study at a state or state-recognized university is eligible for funding. So, for example, a second or supplementary degree, a master’s degree or a part-time / dual degree. Part-time students and prospective students waiting for admission can also apply for the Germany Scholarship. Excluded from the funding are doctoral candidates, students at federal universities and students at administrative universities with applicant salaries.

Can the Germany Scholarship also benefit refugees?

Students with a refugee background can also receive the Deutschlandstipendium if they are enrolled at a state or state-recognized university in Germany that is participating in the Deutschlandstipendium.

What are the criteria for the selection of students?

The Scholarship Program Act (StipG) and the Scholarship Program Ordinance (StipV) specify the funding criteria that universities can design. The Deutschlandstipendium is intended to support talented and capable students. School and academic achievements are an important point of reference for assessing the performance and talent of applicants. However, the funding criteria also include awards and prizes, previous employment and internships, extracurricular or extracurricular involvement and overcoming any biographical obstacles related to origin. The application and selection process should take the applicant's entire personality into account.

To what extent can a refugee background play a role in the selection of Germany scholarship holders?

The special social, family or personal hurdles that should be taken into account in the selection process overcoming include flight experiences or the experience of political persecution.

Where can I apply?

Please inquire directly with the university at which you are enrolled or at which you want to enroll whether they offer the Germany Scholarship and how the application process works. Numerous universities have entered their names on the overview map that you here Find.

How long will I be funded?

Funded students should have their backs free for as long as possible and concentrate on their training. The funding usually lasts at least two semesters and covers a maximum of the standard period of study. Every year after one year, the university checks whether the scholarship holder still fulfills the eligibility criteria.

Is there a right to the Germany Scholarship?

No. Each university decides for itself whether to offer the Germany Scholarship. If she decides to do so, the scholarship holders will be selected by the university committees on the basis of the specified criteria. The university has to make its selection on the basis of the legal requirements.

Application and award

How can i apply?

Students can apply for the Germany Scholarship according to the specifications of their university's announcements. First-year students can apply if they meet the entry requirements stipulated by the university and are about to start studying at the respective university.

Who decides on the award?

The selection committee of the respective university decides on the award. It can appoint representatives of private funding providers to act in an advisory capacity on selection committees.

How can prospective students apply for the scholarship in courses with restricted admission?

The universities can provide a selection procedure for new students in courses with restricted admission, which only begins after admission to the course and acceptance of the study place.

Is working on a university committee a reason for extending the maximum funding period?

Similar to BAföG, participation in a university committee or in a committee of student self-administration can be a reason for extending the maximum funding period. This only applies to elected members. For the duration of the extension, it depends on the time required for the activity.

Parallel funding

Are parallel scholarships possible?

That depends on the amount and type of scholarship funding. Basically: Anyone who already receives talent and performance-related material support that averages 30 euros or more per month cannot receive a Germany Scholarship. A detailed tabular overview of the admissibility of receiving other scholarships at the same time as the Deutschlandstipendium can be found here (PDF, 337 KB).

When do we speak of material support?

Material support is support in cash or in kind. Services that are of monetary value, but which focus on the educational character and which scholarship holders would otherwise not be able to afford, are considered non-material support, for example newspaper subscriptions. On the other hand, a grant to finance an Internet connection would be material support.

Can I be funded with a DAAD scholarship and the Germany scholarship at the same time?

Those receiving a DAAD full scholarship cannot receive the Germany scholarship at the same time, as both scholarships are dependent on talent and performance. However, you can take a leave of absence from the Deutschlandstipendium while receiving a DAAD full scholarship. If, on the other hand, you receive a partial scholarship from the DAAD, you can receive the Deutschlandstipendium at the same time.

How is the university's own funding programs handled? Do these fall under the exclusion of double funding?

Only if it is material support that is dependent on talent and performance. So are z. B. Programs to impart soft skills or interdisciplinary knowledge as well as mentoring programs do not preclude funding.

Vacation, abroad and time out

What happens to the Deutschlandstipendium if I am on leave from my studies?

The scholarship will not continue to be paid during a leave of absence from studies for personal or family reasons, e.g. pregnancy or child-rearing or to care for a close relative. If you continue your studies, the approval period is extended by the duration of the leave of absence. If there is a leave of absence due to a semester abroad or for a compulsory internship, the scholarship will continue to be paid. In this case, there is no extension of the approval period.

Can the Germany Scholarship continue to be received during a leave of absence if an internship or a stay abroad is completed during this time?

A distinction must be made here between compulsory internships at home and abroad and other internships. Compulsory internships in Germany or abroad are integrated into the course and do not prevent the scholarship from being paid out. The situation is similar with subject-related stays abroad. If the scholarship holder takes a leave of absence for other internships that are not provided for in the respective study regulations, the scholarship will no longer be paid during this period.

Can the Deutschlandstipendium continue to be used if I do a voluntary internship without taking a leave of absence from my studies?

The university has to decide on a case-by-case basis whether further funding can take place during a voluntary internship for which you have not taken a leave of absence from your studies. Criteria can be, for example, whether completing the internship leads to an interruption of the studies. Depending on the curriculum, this may not be the case for internships that take place during the lecture-free period or are of short duration (up to six weeks).

Will the Germany Scholarship continue to be paid while studying abroad temporarily - for example through the ERASMUS + program?

The scholarship will continue to be paid even if you are on a subject-related stay abroad. Provided that you go abroad for the duration of the grant. This applies regardless of any leave of absence at the university that awards the scholarship. If you study abroad via the ERASMUS + program, the Germany scholarship will continue to be paid even if you receive a mobility grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the same time.

What rules apply to a change of university?

A transition semester is granted when changing universities in the same subject area, i. In other words, the scholarship will continue to be paid for one semester. This gives the student the opportunity to apply for a Germany scholarship or other funding at the new university. This applies to a change to a university in Germany as well as to a university abroad.

What are the rules when you finish your studies or change your subject?

If the degree is successfully completed, funding ends with the announcement of the overall result, but no later than the end of the second month after completing the last examination. Otherwise, the scholarship ends at the end of the month in which the scholarship holder discontinued their studies, changed their subject or is de-registered.

What happens when I have completed my bachelor's degree? Do I have to reapply for the master’s degree?

The scholarship ends with a successful graduation, i.e. also with the completion of the bachelor's degree. Universities can set up special selection procedures that facilitate the transition to funding for the master’s degree.

Can I temporarily waive the Germany Scholarship?

Yes, for example for the duration of a study abroad funded by the DAAD or during other funding that cannot be obtained at the same time as the Germany Scholarship. This does not extend the approval period for the Germany Scholarship.

Social benefits and alimony

Is the scholarship counted towards BAföG?

No. The BAföG and the Germany Scholarship are two complementary programs. In principle, students can take advantage of both funding options at the same time without any deductions. Crediting will only take place if the simultaneous receipt of other scholarships means that a total amount corresponding to a monthly average of 300 euros is exceeded. The usual principles of crediting assets apply to saved scholarship funds, i.e. the limit of 5,200 euros that is not allowed to be taken into account does not increase when a scholarship is received.

Does the Germany Scholarship count towards other social benefits (except BAföG)?

No. The Deutschlandstipendium is generally not offset against other social benefits, such as unemployment benefit II. An exception is the receipt of housing benefit.

Can I also receive housing benefit at the same time as the Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes. However, recipients of housing benefit must note that half of the Germany scholarship, like other scholarships, is taken into account when calculating the annual income. If you have any further questions about scholarships and housing benefit, please contact your housing benefit office.

Does the Germany Scholarship affect my maintenance entitlement from my parents?

Yes. The Deutschlandstipendium is taken into account to reduce the need for child maintenance. Adult students are required to entertain themselves with their own resources before making claims against their parents. The Deutschlandstipendium is part of the scholarship holder's own income.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium have any effect on the receipt of child benefit?

Receipt of the Germany Scholarship has no influence on the receipt of child benefit by the parents of the scholarship holder.

Taxes and Insurance

How is my scholarship treated for tax purposes?

The Scholarship Program Act (StipG) was designed in such a way that Germany scholarships are generally not income that is subject to tax or social security contributions. Exceptions may arise with certain constellations of private, state-recognized universities. The universities can provide information here.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium have any impact on the statutory health insurance contribution?

The Germany Scholarship has no effect on the contribution to the statutory health insurance as long as the scholarship holder is compulsorily insured in the statutory health insurance (usually until the end of the 14th semester or the age of 30). The case is different if the scholarship holder is (subsequently) insured as a voluntary member. For voluntary members, the legislature has stipulated the collection of minimum contributions. If the insured person's income that is subject to contributions (this also includes grants) exceeds an assessment basis specified by the legislator, the corresponding income is subject to contributions.