The application period begins each year on September 1 and ends on September 30.
Deutschlandstipendium — A Way Forward
The Deutschlandstipendium is unique in Germany. It combines funding from businesses, donations from generous education foundations, companies, associations and private individuals with matched funding from the Federal Government to provide top performing students with a € 300 scholarship towards their costs of living and studying. More than that, it provides affirmation and appreciation where it is due.
Whom is the Deutschlandstipendium meant for?
Prerequisites for the Deutschlandstipendium are set out in Section 3 of the Scholarship Programme Act (StipG):
Deutschlandstipendium scholarships are awarded according to ability and performance. In addition to the applicant's existing achievements and qualifications, social commitment, the willingness to take on responsibility, and special social, family, or migration circumstances are also taken into account.
The statutes on awarding the Deutschlandstipendium enacted by the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg ensure that the selection of scholarship holders complies with current law.
As is set out in the statutes, selection criteria are based primarily on talent and performance — that is to say, good grades. However, other personal circumstances and significant biographical factors are also taken into consideration when selecting scholarship recipients. The University recognizes five such factors:
- Chronic illnesses and disabilities
- Caring for one's own children
- Caring for close relatives
- Being a first-generation academic (parents do not have a university degree)
- Migration background
Meeting any of these factors will count towards the applicant's selection score.
Special consideration will be given to the following criteria:
- Working in a voluntary capacity for social, cultural, religious or comparable causes
- Publications in scientific journals
Factor I is a fixed criterion in awarding the Deutschlandstipendium which can account for up to 15% of the overall selection score. Factor II, however, is an additional criterion enabling applicants to surpass the maximum score of 100, giving them an advantage over their peers.
If these selection criteria apply to you, you have a good chance of receiving a Deutschlandstipendium for the standard period of study.
What does it entail?
Scholarship holders receive a monthly grant of € 300, usually for one year. Within the standard period of study — and beyond this period in exceptional cases — the scholarship may be renewed each year, provided it is warranted by the student's performance and sufficient funding is available.
Scholarship holders have the opportunity to meet their sponsors personally — especially at the award ceremony at the end of the year. As a guest at the award ceremony, you will have the opportunity to talk to sponsors, share experiences and discuss your interests in the programme.
Through contact with sponsors, scholarship holders also have a special role within the university. They are among the best students at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. They are funded by the federal and regional government. As such, scholarship holders are quasi-ambassadors of our university.
However, this involvement is voluntary and not a prerequisite for receiving a scholarship. Naturally, of course, the University and its sponsors would be pleased if in return you should decide to give something back to the programme.