Improve your chances and apply for the Deutschlandstipendium

Information for students

No matter at which school you study your Bachelor or Master with us, use your commitment and talent to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium at Leuphana. With the Deutschlandstipendium of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, you will be accompanied and supported on your academic path in a joint project of politics, business and science. The aim of the scholarship program is to improve the study and living conditions of talented and high-achieving students and to create a network between sponsors, scholarship recipients and the university at an early stage. Social commitment and special social circumstances are also taken into account when selecting scholarship recipients. The scholarship holders of the Deutschlandstipendium receive 300 euros per month for a period of two semesters, 50% of which is provided by private sponsors (companies, foundations, private individuals) and another 50% by the federal government. Non-material support is also possible.

For the winter semester 2021/22, Leuphana University Lüneburg awarded 13 new scholarship places. The period for the next call is March 1-31, 2023. 

Please inform yourself in advance on this page about the call for applications and read the FAQ before your online application.

Call for applications 2023

Application for the summer semester 2023

With the Deutschlandstipendium of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), a scholarship program has been created that meaningfully accompanies and supports performance-oriented and socially committed students on their academic path in a joint project of politics, business and science. With the start of the summer semester 2023, Leuphana University of Lüneburg is expected to be able to offer 14 scholarship places for students in all degree programs as part of this scholarship program.

The aim of the scholarship program is to improve the study and living conditions of particularly talented and high-achieving students and to create a network between sponsors, scholarship holders and the university at an early stage. Social commitment and special social circumstances are also taken into account when selecting scholarship recipients.

The support provided by the Deutschlandstipendium is not dependent on income and can be combined with support from BAföG. Double support through other performance-based, material benefits of the scholarships for the gifted is legally excluded (exceptions see StipG §4). There is no legal claim to the scholarship. The scholarships are paid for two semesters, starting with the summer semester 2023.

Applications are open to Bachelor students enrolled at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in the College, Master students in the Graduate School and Bachelor or Master students in the Professional School. The scholarships are awarded according to the "Guidelines of the Presidential Board of Leuphana University Lüneburg for the Award of the Deutschlandstipendium". Applications must state the course of study in which enrollment has taken place or has been applied for.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria of Leuphana University of Lüneburg are based on the official selection criteria of the Scholarship Program Law of the Federal Government (cf. § 2 StipV). This means:

  • for first-year students by the average grade of the university entrance qualification with special consideration of the individual grades relevant to the chosen field of study or the special qualification that entitles the student to study at this university,
  • for students already enrolled, by the academic achievements to date, in particular the average grade and the CPs achieved. For students in a Master's program, also the final grade of the previous program.
  • The overall assessment of the applicant's potential also takes into account:

special successes, achievements, awards and prizes,

  • a previous or existing professional activity (with a minimum duration of 6 months) or extracurricular internships (with a minimum duration of 6 weeks),
  • extracurricular or extracurricular involvement (to a substantial degree) such as volunteer work, community, social, college political, or political involvement, or participation in religious communities, associations, or clubs, and other volunteer work.
  • Special personal or family circumstances (such as proven illnesses and disabilities, proven care of own children, especially as a single parent or close relative in need of care, involvement in the family business (to a significant extent), gainful employment accompanying studies (to a significant extent), a migration or refugee background) or status as a first-time academic.

The scholarships of the Deutschlandstipendium are initially awarded for a period of two semesters with 300 euros per month, with 50% of the sum being contributed by private sponsors (companies, foundations, private individuals) and a further 50% by the federal government. The funding is unilateral and does not require anything in return. The funding period begins on April 1 of each year. The maximum funding period is generally based on the standard period of study and can only be extended beyond the standard period of study in justified cases. An extension of the maximum funding period must be applied for in writing, stating the reasons.

Current information on the application procedure can be found at the following link: www.leuphana.de/deutschlandstipendium

Applications are submitted electronically using the online application form at bewerbung.dstip.de/leuphana.

Application documents

After completing the online application form, application documents can be uploaded as labeled below. Please also mark the files with your last name (e.g. CV_Mustermann) so that all documents can be clearly assigned to you. 
1. signed application agreement,
2. certificate of higher education entrance qualification (in the case of foreign certificates, a translation/conversion into the German grading system that can be transferred to the German system).
3. certificate of enrollment, indicating the current semester of study, or letter of admission for first-year students,
4. curriculum vitae in tabular form,
5. higher semesters: proof of previously completed studies or examinations with average grade and number of CPs completed to date by means of a current qis extract.

As well as, if applicable - according to the information in your application - certificates or proof of:
6. a successfully completed previous course of study
7. special awards, achievements and prizes
8. previous internship and work references
9. extracurricular or extracurricular involvement.
10. special personal or family circumstances: chronic illnesses and disabilities; taking care of own children or relatives in need of care; migration background (according to §6 of the Migration Background Survey Ordinance) or refugee background (refugee background does not date back more than 60 months from arrival in Germany), cooperation in the family business or gainful employment accompanying studies (to a significant extent); status as a first-time graduate.

If the application documents are not written in German or English, an officially certified translation in German must be enclosed.


Important notes

  • Only complete applications uploaded by the deadline will be considered. Please do not submit any unsolicited documents after the application deadline, as we will not be able to consider them.
  • All documents MUST be attached in PDF format, other formats cannot be considered for evaluation. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically and only via the online form. Paper documents will not be accepted. All documents must be structured as described above as well as uploaded to the application server in the specified order.
  • Please do not direct any inquiries about the Deutschlandstipendium to the faculties or schools. Please also do not request expert opinions from professors for the application; such expert opinions will not be included in the selection process.
  • Simultaneous receipt of another scholarship will be checked if the Deutschlandstipendium is approved. Parallel scholarship support may be possible and depends on the type of support. In principle, the following applies: Anyone who already receives talent- and performance-related material support averaging 30 euros or more per month cannot receive a Deutschlandstipendium. An overview of the admissibility of receiving some scholarships at the same time as the Deutschlandstipendium can be found on the BMBF website. During the scholarship period, there is a legally prescribed obligation to provide information. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research conducts random checks to avoid double funding. Leuphana University of Lüneburg is obliged to provide the necessary data for this purpose (see §4 StipG).

We kindly ask you to refrain from inquiries regarding the status of the processing. After selection, all applicants will be notified in writing.

The application period begins on 1st March 2023 and ends on March, 31, 2023. The selection is based on the recommendation of the scholarship selection committee by the Presidential Board of Leuphana University Lüneburg.

We thank you for your interest in the Deutschlandstipendium at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and wish you every success with your application!

 

FAQ from students

  • Who can apply?
  • How should an ideal candidate be?
  • How can I apply?
  • When is then next application period?
  • How much money will the scholar get?

FAQ from students

Who can apply?

Every bachelor or master student (first and higher semester of all nationalities) at Leuphana College, Graduate School or Professional School can apply. The scholarship is determined by the normal period of your study.

Doctorate students or students who have a scholarship already can not apply.

How should an ideal candidate be?

Aim of the scholarship is to support talented and high-achieving students at public and state recognised universities in Germany. In addition to excellent academic results, the cirteria for receiving a scholarsip include civic engagement and special personal achievements. The candidates' social and family background is also taken into account.

How can I apply?

The application will be done online. Handicapped students can contact the ombudsperson for students with disabilities Mr. Lenz-Johanss for further help.

When is then next application period?

The period for the next application is March 1-31, 2023.

How much money will the scholar get?

The scholars will be supported by 300 Euro per month. 150 Euro are supplied by private donors and 150 Euro by the Federal Government. The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded irrespective of income, even on top of a BaAföG grant.