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Benefits for scholarship holders

The Deutschlandstipendium supports students at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences who demonstrate excellent academic performance and who are also involved in voluntary work. The scholarship holders of the Deutschlandstipendium receive - regardless of BAföG - 300 euros per month, which do not have to be repaid. Half of these are financed by regional companies, institutions, associations, associations or private individuals and the other half by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

In addition to the financial support of the scholarship holders, there is ideal support from the sponsors in the region. Donors and scholarship holders meet regularly for events organized by the university in cooperation with the scholarship holders. Personal contact between the founder and the scholarship holder is also welcome.

Who can apply?

For the winter semester can apply to all who

  • Students enrolled at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences for the coming winter semester and applicants who are starting their studies here for the coming winter semester
  • are in the standard period of study for their degree program for the coming winter semester

For the summer semester can apply to all who

  • start a master’s degree at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences in the coming summer semester.

Experience has shown that at least a grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a scholarship in Germany. Up to 47 percent of volunteer work can be included in the evaluation of candidates.

Evaluation criteria

When deciding on the award of the scholarships, particular attention is paid to previous school or study achievements. For first-year students, the average grade of the university entrance qualification is decisive, for advanced students the average grade of the achievements in the subject as of the last completed winter semester.

Special successes, awards and prizes, previous employment and internships, extracurricular or extracurricular commitment as well as special personal or family circumstances can improve the chances of an application. The weighting of the criteria is stored in the download area.

The Germany scholarships are awarded in accordance with the statutes for the award of scholarships at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences as well as the federal statutes and federal ordinance.

Required application documents

As a general rule:
  • completed form
  • Motivation letter
  • Tabular curriculum vitae without photo
For new students:
  • Certificate of university entrance qualification
For advanced Bachelor students:
  • Proof of previous academic achievements
For master’s students:
  • Certificate of a first university degree
  • Proof of previous academic achievements
Proof of further commitment:
  • Special successes, awards and prizes, a previous professional activity and internships: Evidence of the stated commitment with mention of dates / periods of service provision
  • Extracurricular and extracurricular involvement: Evidence of the stated involvement with naming of dates / periods of service provision as well as designation of the function
  • Particular personal and family circumstances: If possible, external and meaningful evidence of the particular personal and family circumstances

The application

The application period is from July 1 to August 15 at 4:00 p.m. local time and from January 1 to February 15 at 4:00 p.m. local time.

The application for the Germany Scholarship is sent by email. Please send this completed form together with the attachments in one PDF file to [email protected]

The documents submitted will be processed by the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences for the purpose of selection for a Germany Scholarship. After the application process has been completed, the documents will be destroyed.

Applications that are not submitted in due time and in the correct form cannot be considered in the selection process.

questions and answers

General questions

What is it all about?

As part of the national scholarship program decided by the federal government, particularly committed and high-performing students are to be promoted. A private sponsor pays 150 euros per month for a scholarship, which is funded by the federal government with a further 150 euros. Scholarship holders therefore receive 300 euros a month. Above-average school or study performance is required. Special personal circumstances such as a disability or upbringing of children as well as voluntary commitment or professional experience can increase the chances of applying.


What do I get from that?

Scholarship holders receive a monthly grant of 300 euros regardless of their income. This means that the money does not have to be paid back. It is also not counted towards the BAföG benefits. In addition, regular meetings between the scholarship holders and with the sponsors are offered. The sponsors also have the option of organizing their own events or programs for the scholarship holders.


Who pays for all of this?

Half of it, i.e. 150 euros per month, comes from a private sponsor, i.e. a company, an institution, a foundation or an individual. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is paying a further 150 euros.

Questions about funding

Does the Germany Scholarship count towards BAföG benefits?

No.


How long will I be funded?

Funded students should have their backs free for as long as possible and concentrate on their training. The funding covers a maximum of the standard period of study. Students who are not within the standard period of study cannot be funded. After the winter semester, the university checks whether the funding criteria are still met.
The allocation takes place at the start of each semester.


What do I owe my sponsor?

The scholarship may not be made dependent on any consideration for the sponsor, on employment or on a declaration of intent with regard to future employment.


Can I take a leave of absence from the Germany Scholarship?

Yes. Reasons for this are, for example, maternity leave, parental leave or a study abroad funded by the DAAD. The scholarship will not be paid out during the leave of absence. If you continue your studies, the approval period is extended by the duration of the leave of absence.


How is my scholarship treated for tax purposes?

The Scholarship Program Act (StipG) was designed in such a way that Germany scholarships are generally not income that is subject to tax or social security contributions.

 

Are double funding with other scholarship programs possible?

An overview of the possible double funding for the Deutschlandstipendium can be found here.



Completion of studies and change of university

The scholarship ends at the end of the month in which the scholarship holder completed the last examination, abandoned the course or changed the subject, or is de-registered. If the university changes, the scholarship will continue to be paid until the end of the semester if the scholarship holder continues his / her studies in the same subject at the new university.


Germany scholarship while studying abroad

The scholarship will continue to be paid even if you are on a subject-related stay abroad. Provided that you go abroad for the duration of the grant. This applies regardless of any leave of absence at the university that awards the scholarship. If you study abroad via the ERASMUS program, the Germany Scholarship will continue to be paid even if you receive a mobility grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the same time.
Those receiving a DAAD full scholarship cannot receive the Germany scholarship at the same time, as both scholarships are dependent on talent and performance. However, you can take a leave of absence from the Deutschlandstipendium while receiving a DAAD full scholarship. If, on the other hand, you receive a partial scholarship from the DAAD, you can receive the Deutschlandstipendium at the same time.


Relationship of the Deutschlandstipendium during a leave of absence for an internship useful for studying

A distinction must be made here between compulsory internships at home and abroad and other internships. Mandatory domestic internships are integrated into the course and do not prevent the scholarship from being paid out. The situation is similar with internships abroad, provided that they are provided for in the respective study regulations; they can be viewed as “subject-related stays abroad”. If the scholarship holder takes a leave of absence for other internships that are not provided for in the respective study regulations, the scholarship will no longer be paid during this period.


Credit towards BAföG

The BAföG funds and the Germany Scholarship are two complementary programs. Students can take advantage of both funding opportunities at the same time without any deductions.


Effects on receipt of child benefit

Since January 1, 2012, all income and remuneration, including the Germany Scholarship, no longer has any effect on child benefit. According to the Tax Simplification Act 2011, the income check for children of full age will no longer be necessary until they have completed their first vocational training or a first degree. Until January 1, 2012, the Deutschlandstipendium was taken into account when receiving child benefit, but was - without the addition of additional income - below the tax exemption of 8,004 euros.


Crediting of the Deutschlandstipendium towards other social benefits

The Deutschlandstipendium is generally not offset against other social benefits, such as unemployment benefit II. An exception is the receipt of housing benefit.


Germany scholarship and housing benefit

Housing benefit recipients must note that half of the Germany scholarship, like other scholarships, is taken into account when calculating the annual income. For further questions on the topic of scholarships and housing benefit, please contact your housing benefit office.

 

Germany scholarship and statutory health insurance

The Germany Scholarship has no effect on the contribution to the statutory health insurance as long as the scholarship holder is compulsorily insured in the statutory health insurance (usually until the end of the 14th semester or the age of 30). The case is different if the scholarship holder is (subsequently) insured as a voluntary member. For voluntary members, the legislature has stipulated the collection of minimum contributions. The contributions are calculated based on an assessment base of currently 875 euros. If the insured person's income that is subject to contributions (this also includes grants) exceeds this value, the corresponding income is subject to contributions.


Tax treatment

The Scholarship Program Act (StipG) was designed in such a way that Germany scholarships are generally not income that is subject to tax or social security contributions.


Effects on the maintenance claim against the parents

The Deutschlandstipendium is taken into account to reduce the need for child maintenance. Adult students are required to entertain themselves with their own resources before making claims against their parents. The Deutschlandstipendium is part of the scholarship holder's own income.

Questions about the selection process

When selecting the scholarship holders, does performance only count?

School and study achievements are an important point of reference for assessing the performance and talent of the applicants (high school graduation grade, etc.). When making a selection, however, other criteria also count, such as involvement in an association, politics or the church, raising one's own children, caring for relatives, helping in the family business or overcoming special biographical obstacles. The application and selection process should take the applicant's entire personality into account. The exact weighting for the award of the Germany Scholarships can be found here.


Who decides on the award of the scholarships?

The scholarship selection committee decides on this. This consists of the rector, the deans of the faculties, the central women's representative as well as representatives of the professors and students. The sponsors are represented on the committee in an advisory capacity. The composition of the committee is determined by the statutes of the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences for the award of Germany scholarships.

Questions about the application

How can I submit my application?

Applications are made from July 1 to August 15 or from January 1 to February 15 at 4:00 p.m. local time. The application form can be found here.


I have not yet started my studies - can I still apply?

Yes. Anyone who is admitted to or enrolled at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences can apply. First-year and advanced students do not compete with each other. The grade of the university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) is decisive for the evaluation of the performance.


Can only students from certain subjects apply?

Students from all disciplines can apply.


Which documents are required for the application?

In addition to the application form, the application also includes a curriculum vitae and, in the case of freshmen, the university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur certificate) and, in the case of advanced students, evidence of previous academic achievements. Anyone who volunteers, wants to assert special personal or family circumstances or can show professional experience should also enclose proof of this.


I already have a performance or talent-based scholarship - can I still apply for the Germany Scholarship?

Only if the material support does not exceed 30 euros per month. However, it is possible to receive non-material funding in parallel to the Deutschlandstipendium. An overview of the possible double funding can be found in the download area.


When do I have to apply?

The application deadline for the winter semester is August 15 at 4:00 p.m. The application deadline for the summer semester is February 15 at 4:00 p.m.