Programme Description

In line with its statutes the Studienstiftung des deutsches Volkes awards scholarships to support the ‘higher education of young people showing exceptional promise for academic or artistic accomplishment, who stand out by virtue of their personality and are willing to render service to society as a whole’. Scholars are selected independent of political, ideological or denominational criteria.

There are various ways for admission: On the one hand, headmasters may propose particularly gifted and committed high-school graduates for acceptance into the scholarship programme. This applies also to the German schools abroad, if the candidates meet the requirements of BAföG §8, the German Federal Training Assistance Act. On the other hand, professors at higher education institutions may recommend single students who demonstrate excellent academic performance or an outstanding aptitude for a subject. Furthermore, the examinations offices of the higher education institutions in Germany may nominate outstanding candidates studying for a Bachelor’s degree once a year. Students in their first or second semesters may apply themselves and sign up for the assessment test.

Target Group

Under its mission statement, which is based upon the principles of achievement, initiative and responsibility, the Studienstiftung promotes socially involved students from Germany and abroad with an outstanding academic record studying at higher education institutions, universities of applied sciences or state colleges of art and music in Germany.

In order to be eligible for promotion in Germany, students have to a) be EU citizens or b) fulfill the requirements of BAföG §8. This also applies to persons who were granted asylum, who are recognized refugees or who are entitled to subsidiary protection in Germany. Candidates with a tolerated-stay status will be accepted only after a 15-month qualifying period. There is, however, no age limit on scholarship application.

Moreover, candidates carrying out an entire course of studies or part of it at a higher education institution in Switzerland or a European member state are eligible for funding, provided that they meet the requirements of BAföG §8, 1-3

Academic Requirements

Students and high-school graduates with outstanding academic records may be nominated for funding. Students who are recommended by examinations offices should rank among the top two percent of their class. Also students who are nominated by higher education professors must be among the top five to ten percent of their class.


Scholarship holders may be awarded funding for the entire standard period of study, students in BA or MA programmes until obtaining their Master’s degree.

Scholarship Value

The scholarship includes an allowance toward the cost of study of EUR 300 and a grant dependent on income, which is calculated in keeping with BAföG regulations. Neither the allowance nor the grant must be paid back. There are additional allowances for scholarship holders with children, if necessary. Furthermore, the Studienstiftung funds studies or internships abroad and contributes to the costs of events and activities.

The Studienstiftung also organizes a wide range of events and activities, such as language courses all over Europe, scientific events throughout Germany or at the place of study as well as social competence training courses and workshops on professional orientation. All events aim at inspiring an exchange of ideas among involved and open-minded students and creating vibrant interaction beyond any ideological, cultural, political or social boundaries.

Scholarship holders will in addition be given access to the Studienstiftung’s network, which comprises more than 60,000 alumni and students all over the world.

Application Papers

If you are in your first or second semester and wish to apply via the assessment test please find all relevant information here

Information on application via nomination by professors or examinations offices is available on our website

Application Deadline

High-school administrators are requested to submit their nominations electronically by 15 July of each year. Please find detailed information here.
Examinations offices at higher education institutions and universities of applied science are invited to submit their nominations between June and July of each year. Further information is available on our homepage.

Nominations by professors or alumni are welcome at any time. Students of any subject area may be nominated until the end of their first semester in a four-semester long Master’s programme at the latest.

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