Deutschlandstipendium

Frequently Asked Questions

This section includes answers to frequently asked questions in matters relating to the Deutschlandstipendium which are relevant to students.

General

What is the Deutschlandstipendium about?

The Deutschlandstipendium is a Federal Government initiative to support students who demonstrate high potential for outstanding achievements in their studies and future careers. Scholarship holders receive funding of € 300 a month, which consists of € 150 from private sponsors (for example companies, associations and private individuals) and € 150 from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

With the Deutschlandstipendium programme, the Federal Government aims to improve studying conditions and student finance, motivate more gifted students to study and promote a scholarship culture in Germany.

Who can apply?

  • Students in their first semester who are enrolled or have applied for a place in the winter semester at the University of Oldenburg
  • Students in a higher semester or Master’s degree programme who are enrolled or have applied for a place in the winter semester at the University of Oldenburg
  • Students enrolled at the University of Oldenburg (except for short-term students, doctoral candidates, students in preparatory German language courses and the Studienkolleg)

How much funding will I receive and how long is it paid for?

The funding amounts to € 300 a month and is usually awarded for one year.

Private sponsors such as companies, foundations, alumni and other private individuals donate half of this amount (€ 150) and the rest is financed by the Federal Government. The Deutschlandstipendium is paid directly by the University to the scholarship holders. The scholarship has a minimum duration of two semesters and is awarded regardless of income.

Which degree programmes are eligible for funding?

In principle, any degree programme at a state or state-recognized university is eligible for funding. This could also include a second degree, a supplementary course or a Master's degree programme. According to the Scholarship Programme Law, students are no longer eligible for funding after completing a Master’s degree programme.

Doctoral students cannot be funded as part of a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship. Scholarships for doctoral candidates are offered by many foundations and early career researcher programmes  (http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/forschungsfoerderung/nachwuchsfoerderung/promovierende/).

How many scholarships are there in each call for applications?

The number of new scholarships depends on financial contributions from private sponsors. Therefore, this number will fluctuate each year.

When is the scholarship paid?

The first scholarship payment is usually in October. Where applicable, the payment may be made retroactively with effect from October.

Will my personal details be given to the sponsor?

If the sponsors wish, they may review the anonymised applications of shortlisted candidates. Sponsors will not be able to identify individual students but may assess the merit of your application based on your qualifications. Sponsors are entitled to review applications in the selection process as set out in the Scholarship Programme Law.

As soon as you are deemed eligible for a scholarship, you will also be asked to confirm whether you consent to your contact details being given to the sponsor. If you apply online, you will be asked for your consent as part of the application process.

Who can apply?

I am a doctoral candidate. Can I apply?

No. According to the Scholarship Programme Act, students are no longer eligible for funding after completing a Master’s degree programme.

I have just completed a university entrance qualification at school or completed vocational training. Can I apply?

Yes. Please state your grades on the application form.

This is my second degree. Can I apply?

Yes. Please state the subject and final grade of your first degree on the application form.

I am studying at another university. Can I apply?

No. Scholarships may only be awarded to students enrolled at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Yes. Students who are already enrolled or who have applied for the coming winter semester at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg can apply for the scholarship, regardless of their nationality.

If you have already completed a degree in another country, please convert your grade to an equivalent numerical value which corresponds to the German grading system. If you do not have a grade, please enter "0" and make a note in the comments field on the form.

In the case of foreign certificates, a translation and statement of equivalence according to the German grading system is required. If at the time of the application you do not yet have a statement of equivalence according to the German grading system, please only submit your certificates, including the official translation. You can submit the statement of equivalence later.

Can refugees also apply for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Refugees can also apply for the scholarship if they are enrolled in a state or state-recognized university in Germany which is taking part in the Deutschlandstipendium programme.

I only have one semester left of the standard period of study for my degree programme. Can I apply?

Yes. Students are only entitled to the Deutschlandstipendium while they are within the standard period of study or can state an important reason for exceeding this period.

Important reasons include study abroad, long-term illness or caring for a child. Detailed information on the maximum duration of funding is given under Section 7 of the Scholarship Programme Act.

I will complete my Bachelor's degree next semester and start my Master's degree in the following semester. Can I apply?

Yes. Please enter the degree that you currently studying under 'Angestrebter Abschluss (current degree)'.

I am in the first semester of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme and cannot yet provide evidence for the ECTS credit points I have attained. Can I still apply?

Yes. Please indicate your current average grade on the application form and attach a transcript from the Examination office (or StudIP certificate with a verification key). You can submit a final transcript later within the specified period.

You can also add a comment to the application form.

I already receive a scholarship from another programme. Can I apply?

Yes. You will need to note the following:

A Deutschlandstipendium may not be granted to you if you are receiving other scholarships for talented students which amount to € 30 a month or more per semester.

Other scholarships do not prevent you from applying for the Deutschlandstipendium. If your application is approved, however, you will have to choose which scholarship to accept.

BAföG loans are not considered scholarships.

Can I receive two forms of funding (scholarships) at the time time?

That depends on the amount and type of funding. Genereally speaking, receiving a funding that exceeds the amount of 30 Euros per month prevents one from receiving a Deutschlandstipendium in addition. A more details list of scholarships and other forms of funding compatible with the Deutschlandstipendium can be found here.

This rule also applies to the University's own funding programmes. You cannot receive a Deutschlandstipendium and at the same time, say, a scholarship from the Dettling or Waskönig Stiftung.

I study for two degrees. Which one do I apply with?

You always apply with the subject and degree for which you are primarily enrolled. That means students who have taken up a second degree in addition to the one they had already been enrolled in, do not apply with that second degree, but the first one.

Students studying a Double Bachelo's degree, of course, apply with results from both their subjects.

Application

What criteria are assessed as part of the application?

School and university performance are important points of reference for assessing an applicant’s performance and talent.

However, the selection procedure also includes other criteria, such as involvement in an association, politics or the church, caring for own children, caring for relatives, employment in a family company, or overcoming personal hardships, such as being an immigrant or refugee. As far as possible, application and selection procedures will consider an applicant's personality as a whole.

What documents should I submit with the application?

The application documents must include:

  • CV in tabular form, including a photo
  • Current enrolment certificate or confirmation of admission
  • University entrance qualification certificate. For international certificates: if at the time of the application you do not yet have a statement of equivalence according to the German grading system, please only submit your certificates, including the official translation
  • Where applicable, first degree certificate; if you do not have this already, a provisional certificate is sufficient
  • For international degree certificates: if at the time of the application you do not yet have a statement of equivalence according to the German grading system, please only submit your certificates, including an official translation
  • Evidence of previous studies, if applicable
  • Where applicable, evidence of special achievement to be accredited, completed internships, completed vocational training, part-time employment, prizes, awards or special family or personal circumstances

You do not need a letter of recommendation or a cover letter.

To what extent is refugee status considered in the selection of Deutschlandstipendium candidates?

Overcoming political persecution and immigration is also considered along with social, family or personal circumstances in the selection procedure.

My application was rejected. Can I apply again?

Yes. If you meet the general application requirements, you can apply again in each application period.

Holidays, Going Abroad and Taking Time Out

What regulations apply if I change university, change subject, or interrupt or end my degree?

A transitional semester is granted if you change to another university in the same subject. In this case, the scholarship will be paid for one semester. This gives students the opportunity to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship at their new university. Otherwise, the scholarship ends at the end of the month in which the scholarship holder terminated their studies, changed subject, passed their final exam or was exmatriculated.

Can funding be extended beyond the standard time of study?

Yes. However, only if the study duration is prolonged for an important reason. Important reasons include disability, pregnancy, caring for a child or a stay abroad related to the degree programme. An application for an extension of the grant must be submitted to the Presidential Chair via the Servicepoint Scholarships.

Can I be funded for a semester abroad during a leave of absence?

No, in this case the scholarship will be suspended for the period of the leave of absence. However, if you are studying abroad as part of your studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, the Deutschlandstipendium will continue to be paid. The scholarship will also continue to be paid during a study-related stay abroad within the ERASMUS programme even if the scholarship holder receives a mobility grant from the DAAD at the same time.

What happens when I complete my Bachelor's degree? Do I have to apply again for my Master's degree?

The scholarship ends when your current degree is completed, which means at the end of your Bachelor’s degree.

However, en the event of a follow-on Master's degree, the scholarship will usually be continued within the grant period.

Can I suspend my scholarship for a period of time?

Yes, for example, when studying abroad with DAAD funding or other funding which cannot be claimed at the same time as the Deutschlandstipendium. However, this does not extend the grant period of the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship.

A leave of absence for a different reason may extend the grant period by the leave of absence period in some cases.

Social Benefits and Living Costs

Does the Deutschlandstipendium affect BAföG assessments?

No. BAföG and the Deutschlandstipendium are two complementary programmes.

In principle, students are able to take advantage of both funding options without any deductions. However, the Deutschlandstipendium may be deductible if the total income from scholarships exceeds a monthly average of € 300. The standard savings threshold applies even if savings have been generated from scholarship payments.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium affect other social benefits?

No. The Deutschlandstipendium is not deducted from other social benefits such as unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II). However, housing allowance (Wohngeld) is an exception.

Can I claim housing allowance and the Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes. Claimants of housing allowance should note that half of the Deutschlandstipendium (as with other scholarships) is assessed as part of the claimant’s annual income. If you have any further questions regarding the scholarship and housing allowance, please contact your local social welfare office.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium affect my maintenance claim against my parents?

Yes. The Deutschlandstipendium is deducted from maintenance claims. Adult students are required to support themselves through their own resources before they can claim maintenance against their parents. The Deutschlandstipendium counts towards the scholarship holder’s income.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium affect child allowance?

Since 1 January 2012, all income and remuneration including the Deutschlandstipendium no longer affect child allowance.

According to the 2011 Tax Simplification Act, dependents over the age of 18 will not be subject to income assessment until they have completed vocational training or their first degree.

Taxes and Insurance

How is my scholarship taxed?

The provisions of the Scholarship Programme Act (StipG) are stipulated in such a way that the Deutschlandstipendium is usually exempt from taxation or social insurance contributions. Exceptions may arise for specific private, state-recognized universities. These universities can provide further information.

Does the Deutschlandstipendium affect statutory health insurance contributions?

The Deutschlandstipendium has no effect on statutory health insurance contributions, as long as the scholarship holder is covered by mandatory statutory health insurance (generally until the 14th semester or the age of 30).

This changes if the scholarship holder is insured voluntarily. For voluntary health insurance membership, minimum contributions are mandatory. The contributions are calculated based on a threshold of € 875. If the scholarship holder’s income subject to social insurance contributions exceeds this amount (including scholarships), social insurance contributions will be deducted from this income.