The Germany Scholarship: Recognition and support for outstanding achievements and special commitment

The Germany Scholarships at university of Göttingen, are intended to provide financial support to gifted students and applicants from all nations (irrespective of their income) and the scholarship unites scholarship holders of all faculties, alumni and sponsors of the University of Göttingen.

Current information
The award round of the Deutschlandstipendium 2024-2025 covers the period 1.10.2024 to 30.09.2025.
The next application period with a complete digital application is therefore from 1st September 2024 to 30th September 2024.

Who can apply?
All students regularly enrolled at the University of Göttingen can apply. However, doctoral students and exchange students are excluded.
Applicants who are not yet enrolled at the University of Göttingen must be enrolled and have a student account before applying for a Deutschlandstipendium 2024/25.

BAföG recipients can also be supported by the Deutschlandstipendium, since BAföG and the Deutschlandstipendium can generally be claimed simultaneously without deductions.

Previous scholarship holders can reapply for a Deutschlandstipendium at the end of the one-year award period.

Doctoral/phd students and exchange studentsare not eligible.

funding period
The funding period is from 1st October of the year of grant to 30 September of the following year.
In the case of successors, the period of support is adjusted individually.

selection criteria
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?
- 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, single parent or earning your living entirely by yourself?)

If you meet one of the eligibility criteria, we look forward to receiving your application for the next round in the winter semester 2024/2025.

Important: An application does not automatically result in the receipt of a scholarship!

private funding from sponsors
In addition to financial support through the scholarship, there is also the possibility of non-material support through the sponsoring companies, foundations, private individuals or the association of small donors.
Depending on the contact to the sponsors, the non-material sponsorship enables, for example, a look behind the scenes of a company, the completion of an internship or workshop or networking within the framework of contacts of the sponsors.

Scholarship holders will be notified of their sponsorship when they receive their approval notifications, including a link to the declaration of acceptance, which will be sent by email to the student's email address.
The declaration of acceptance of the scholarship also includes the consent or refusal to contact the sponsors.
The Fundraising Team of the University of Göttingen will then, if desired, establish contact with the sponsors and also organise a special supporting programme during the sponsorship period, which includes the following activities and events, among others:
- A "Stammtisch Deutschlandstipendium" (regulars' table) to exchange ideas across disciplines,
- Events within the framework of an "Engagement Academy" with a certificate of completion,
- Support for networking with supporters of the University to develop a network for personal development and professional careers,
- Joint participation in sporting events, etc.

The application period will start at the beginning of the winter semester 2024/2025.
The application will be possible from the 1st September by the 30th September 2024 23:59h.
The application is completely digital.

The application for a scholarship is initially made via a university online application portal, which can only be accessed via the university's student portal eCampus Studierendenportal eCampus during the expected application period between 01.09.2024 and 30.09.2024.

In eCampus, access to the online application portal is made under the main menu (three dashes one below the other in the upper left corner after logging in) with the entry Links --> "Application for a Germany/Lower Saxony Scholarship".

Applications for both the Germany Scholarship and the Lower Saxony Scholarship can be submitted via the online application portal.

Applicants who are not yet enrolled at the University of Göttingen must be enrolled and have a student account before applying for a Germany Scholarship.

Once the online application has been submitted, the required application documents including the signed cover sheet must also be uploaded online via an upload portal by expected 30.09.2024 23:59h.
Then the documents will be sent directly to the relevant faculty.

In order to simplify and speed up the processing in the faculties, please do not submit your applications until the expected deadline 30.09.2024.

The application can be processed online until the application deadline.
After online processing, proofs of change must also be uploaded via the upload portal by the application expected deadline of Sept. 30, 2024.

Further information on the required evidence can be found in the Deutschlandstipendium guidelines and FAQs.

Hints for the application
The application is only complete if the faculty has received both the online application and the complete uploaded application documents consisting of a signed cover sheet and the required supporting documents by the application expected deadline of September 30, 2024.
It is possible that not all functions of the eCampus are available on the smartphone; in this case, this also applies to the application portal integrated in the eCampus.
As the application deadline is Saturday, 30 September, the complete application should be submitted in good time. No more questions and requests can be answered on Saturday, 30.09.

Detailed information on the application procedure can be found in the FAQs and on the linked pages in the right-hand column.

Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered and processed.

There is no need for Curriculum vitae, letters of motivation or recommendation, nor are these considered positively if submitted.

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.

The selected scholarship holders should be supported for 1 year, i.e. from 1.10. to 30.09. of the following year, unless there is a change in the student status:
- Changes in the student status, e.g. exmatriculation, termination of studies after passing the examination, change of faculty.
- occurrence of inadmissible double funding
- Exceeding the standard period of study by more than 1 semester

In these cases, the scholarship must be terminated prematurely by the Deutschlandstioendium and a successor will take over the scholarship for the remainder of the funding period.
period to be funded.

More details about the selection and the allocation procedure can be found in the guidelines of the University Göttingen for granting the Germany scholarship.

notification of funding and letter of acceptance
After the selection of the scholarship holders by the selection committee of the respective faculty, the e-mail with the link to download the notification of approval will be sent from the central office exclusively to the student e-mail address.

The notification of approval contains information on the deadline for acceptance of the scholarship, the funding period and the link to the declaration of acceptance.

The acceptance of the Deutschlandstipendium takes place via an online form, which will be accessible via a link in the notification of award until the end of the acceptance period of the scholarship.

After submitting the declaration of acceptance, a confirmation email will be sent to the student email address.

If you have any questions or problems regarding notifications or payment, please contact Ms. Schild as the contact person for the administration of the Deutschlandstipendien at the University of Göttingen.

Allocation and disbursement
The award ceremony for the 2023-2024 award round and the ceremonial presentation of the certificates has taken place on 11 December 2023, in presence, in the auditorium at Wilhelmsplatz 1.

Payment of the Germany Scholarship
The monthly scholarship instalment of 300.00 euros will be paid out for the months of October to December in one amount by the end of the year, thereafter monthly in the middle of each month.
In individual months, the payment may be postponed.

If international students have not yet entered Germany at the time of the acceptance deadline, please contact the central person for the Deutschlandstipendium so that everything necessary for acceptance and payment can be clarified.

Alternate scholarship recipients
Should it be necessary, the faculties will hold follow-up procedures for scholarship holders who drop out of the funding during the award period.
The scholarships that become available are then awarded to successors on the basis of successor lists of the respective faculty.

Substitutes who are to receive a Deutschlandstipendium will be contacted centrally by email to the student email address.