In Germany, the number of public and private organization offering funding for students has increased over the last few years, and students can now apply for thousands of different scholarships. But before you book your flight to Germany, you should know a few things about Stipendien.
Who awards scholarships?
Scholarships in Germany are awarded by private foundations, church organizations, universities, and, in some cases, state and federal agencies of the government. Over a thousand organizations offer some kind of scholarship assistance.
What type of scholarships are available?
Most scholarships are based on the applicants academic record, their parent's income, and a combination of other factors, such as social engagement, professor recommendations, and involvement in various causes. The largest scholarship program, with a presence at 75% of German universities and over 20,000 awardees currently studying in Germany, is the Deutschland Stipendium, a public-private grant program that awards 300 euros per month to outstanding students regardless of income.
Scholarships are available to cover the costs of books and other school expenses, study abroad semesters, language courses, or research projects. There are also scholarships that support students while they write their final bachelor, master or doctoral thesis.
Who is eligible for a scholarship?
Most international students are eligible for some kind of scholarship assistance. There are programs that are specifically targeted towards American students, as well as general programs like the Deutschland Stipendium, which is available to all students regardless of nationality.
What do I need to do to successfully apply for a scholarship?
Grades are important, but the foundations and other organizations reviewing your application will also take many other factors into account when reviewing your application. Because most foundations have ties to political, cultural, or religious groups, it is important to consider your background before applying. Students who have been involved in their church can apply for a scholarship from one of the Catholic- or Protestant-oriented foundations, for example. Be sure to have strong references from your teachers before applying as well. Only 1/3 of scholarship applications are successful, meaning that it is also important to apply for many scholarship rather than relying on one or two.