The Germany Scholarship: Recognition and support for outstanding achievements and special commitment
Current information - The letter of acceptance has been sent via post on Thursday 9th November 2017
All dates and relevant information regarding the Germany Scholarship will be posted shortly after release on this website.
In addition further Information and advice concerning the Germany scholarship are shown on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and on the FAQs and the guidelines of the University Göttingen for granting the Germany scholarship. The links are in the right column.
If you meet one of the eligibility criteria, we look forward to receiving your application for the next round in the winter semester 2017/2018.
The Germany scholarship - General information and Conditions of sponsorship
For each winter semester, the University of Göttingen is able to award a number of Germany Scholarships financed jointly by the German Federal Government and private donors. The Germany Scholarships, are intended to provide financial support to gifted students and applicants from all nations (irrespective of their income). Doctoral students are not eligible.
Not only outstanding achievements at school or university or success already achieved in employment count; the applicant's previous personal achievements are just as decisive.
Have you already won a prize or an award for special achievements?
Or have you distinguished yourself by outstanding commitment in a social, municipal or political organization?
Applicants are expected to show social involvement, motivation and readiness to accept responsibility.
Consideration will be given to applicants who have had to overcome special barriers in their biographies due to familial or cultural origins (for example, are you a single parent or have you earned your living entirely by yourself?)
The FAQs and the guidelines of the University Göttingen for granting the Germany scholarship give information give information about the required written evidences for the application.
A prerequisite for the financial design of the proposed scholarships is to attract private funding, which will be stocked up with public funds, so that Germany Scholarships can be granted for one year (from 1st October of the year of grant to 30 September of the following year) with a payment of monthly instalments of 300€. Re-applications are expressly desired.
BAföG recipients are also eligible for Germany Scholarships.
private funding from sponsors
In addition to financial support, there is the possibility that the sponsor provides non-material fostering. The sponsor can be a company or a private individual. The non-material funding itself can vary widely depending on the contact with the sponsor; possible opportunities might include a look behind the scenes at a company, doing a practical course or workshops or accessing and using the sponsor's contacts.
The letter of approval is sent to the scholarship recipient together with donor's notification of funding. As part of the declaration of acceptance, the scholarship recipient consents or rejects to being contacted by the sponsor.
The next application period will start at the beginning of the winter semester 2017/2018. The application will be possible from the 1st September by the 30th September.
The application for a Germany Scholarship must be first lodged via an online application portal which is accessible from the eCampus Student Portal during the application period from the 1st September by the 30th September 2017. On the eCampus, the applicant must first login, after which he or she will be granted access to the online application portal in the top bar of the page under "Links" with the entry "Application Germany Scholarships".
After entering the application data in the application portal, a cover sheet will be generated which lists the written evidence to be presented. Then the signed cover sheet and the required written evidences has to be sent to the faculty responsible for the applicant.
Hints for the application
The application is only complete if, by the end of the application period, the faculty is in possession of both the online application and the required written application documents, including the signed cover sheet. Only complete applications received on time will be processed.
The application can be edited in the online application portal until the application deadline.
There is no need for letters of motivation or recommendation, nor are these considered positively if submitted.
Enrolment and setting up of the student account is an absolute prerequisite for doing the application for the Germany scholarship.
Selection and allocation procedure
The scholarship recipients are selected on the grounds of talent, performance and other criteria, such as special personal achievements and social commitment, and in accordance with the guidelines for granting Germany Scholarships.
Each faculty constitutes a selection committee consisting of the Dean of Studies and one member each from the professors group [Hochschullehrergruppe], the academic staff group [Mitarbeitergruppe], the MTV group [technical services and administrative departments] and the students' group [Studierendengruppe].
If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of scholarships available, a ranking list have to be established.
More details about the selection and the allocation procedure can be found in the guidelines of the University Göttingen for granting the Germany scholarship.
Allocation and disbursement
The Germany Scholarship recipients will be presented with their certificates during an official formal award ceremony held in the assembly hall on Wilhelmsplatz 1.
During the ceremony, the scholarship recipients and the sponsors have time for a first get together.
Payment of the Germany Scholarship
Payment of the monthly instalments of 300? will be made at the end of each month.
Alternate scholarship recipients
Sometimes it is possible that the Germany Scholarship will be given to an alternate scholarship recipient. In such case the responsible person for the Germany scholarship at University Göttingen will inform the alternate scholarship recipient via mail and e-mail.