Germany Scholarship 2024 Apply Now

From March 15th to May 7th. (11:59 p.m.) students and prospective students can apply for a Germany scholarship 2024. Applications are only possible via this online form .

Requirements for Germany scholarship 2024

target group

  • German and foreign students who are enrolled at one of the five universities belonging to the OWL study fund: Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, OWL University of Technology and Detmold University of Music
  • German and foreign prospective students who would like to start studying at one of the five universities mentioned above in the following winter semester.

Evaluation criteria

  • good to very good school/or study performance
  • social / community / political commitment

Exclusion criteria

  • simultaneous receipt of a scholarship from a gifted support organization as well as the receipt of individual additional scholarships (case-by-case assessment), see below under “Notes”.
  • Doctoral funding

Exclusion criteria

  • simultaneous receipt of a scholarship from a gifted support organization as well as the receipt of individual additional scholarships (case-by-case assessment), see below under “Notes”.
  • Doctoral funding

Funding guidelines

You can find a detailed description of the application requirements and evaluation criteria in our funding guidelines. The funding guidelines for the Deutschlandstipendium can be found here.

Application documents

After completing the online application form, the application documents must be uploaded as follows. Please mark the files with your last name (e.g. CV_Doe) so that all documents can be clearly assigned to you.

1. File: Motivation_Lastname.pdf

  • Signed letter of motivation with name and address (addressee: “Dear Sir or Madam”)

2. File: CV_Lastname.pdf

  • signed CV in tabular form

3. File: University entrance qualification_last name.pdf

  • Certificate of university entrance qualification or last certificate before graduating from school if the final certificate is not yet available
    • For foreign certificates, you need an officially certified translation including conversion into the German grading system (in the form required for applying or enrolling at your university (see Uni Assist). If you are unclear, please contact us directly at the relevant university).

4. File: Studium_Lastname.pdf

  • Graduation certificate or transcript from the university previously attended or previous studies (e.g. when changing universities or at the start of a master’s degree program)
  • Complete overview of achievements (transcript) of your previous studies as well as the current average grade and the current ECTS points 
  • Certificate of enrollment stating the current semester (if already available, otherwise to be submitted after the start of the course)

5. File: Evidence_Lastname.pdf

  • Certificates and certificates about internships and employment relationships
  • Certificates of voluntary/social commitment, special skills, awards, prizes, stays abroad, etc. such as: B. participation in religious societies, associations or clubs, other knowledge and further commitment within the meaning of Section 2 Paragraph 2 of the Scholarship Program Ordinance (StipV) ( )

6. File (optional): Other_Lastname.pdf

7. File (optional): Photo_Lastname.jpg

  • current photo

After uploading all documents, please submit the application online as described on the application server. You have the option to save the application and continue it at a later date. Once the transmission has been successfully completed, you will automatically receive a confirmation of receipt by email.

Important instructions for Germany scholarship 2024

1. Only applications that have been uploaded completely and on time will be considered. Subsequent submissions are not permitted.

2. All documents must be attached in PDF format (photo excluded), other formats will not be considered. All evidence must be submitted in electronic form and only via the online form. Paper documents are not accepted. All documents must be structured as described above and uploaded to the in the order specified.

3. Please do not direct any inquiries about the Deutschlandstipendium to the student secretariats or chairs of the faculties. Please do not request reports or letters of recommendation from professors for your application; these are not included in the selection.

4. When writing your letter of motivation, you are welcome to use this guide to writing a letter of motivation .

5. The simultaneous receipt of another scholarship will be checked if the Deutschlandstipendium is approved. You are obliged to declare that you receive further Germany scholarship 2024. Parallel scholarship funding may be possible and depends on the type of funding. The basic rule is: Anyone who already receives talent- and performance-dependent material support that amounts to an average of 30 euros or more per month is not allowed to receive a Deutschlandstipendium. You can find an overview of the admissibility of receiving the Deutschlandstipendium and other scholarships at the same time here: Overview of double funding for the Deutschlandstipendium. There is a statutory obligation to provide information during the scholarship. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research carries out random checks to identify double funding. The OWL study fund and the universities involved are obliged to transmit the necessary data (see §4 StipG).

6. Multiple applications: If you are applying for different degree programs and/or at different universities participating in the OWL study fund, you must also submit a scholarship application analogous to each individual university application (for first-year students only by university, for students in higher semesters also per department or faculty). Example: You are still deciding whether to study business administration at the University of Paderborn or the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in the coming winter semester. Accordingly, you should apply to both the University of Paderborn and the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences via the OWL study fund. If you apply for a scholarship multiple times at a university for the same course of study, only the most recently submitted application will be considered and sent to the selection committee; previous applications will be deleted.

We ask you to refrain from asking questions about the status of processing. Once the selection has been made, all applicants will be notified in writing. This usually happens in September.

Conditions of ParticipationDuring the application process, you confirm the accuracy and completeness of the information you provided in your application and the evidence you provided using the online application form. You are aware that if you provide incorrect information, the funding can be revoked and any funds you have already received may have to be repaid.In addition, you agree to the data protection information in the declaration on the Deutschlandstipendium in the online application form .In the online application form, you also confirm that you accept the funding guidelines of the Studienfonds OWL Foundation for the award of Germany scholarship 2024.

Information about the selection process

The OWL study fund accepts applications and checks them to ensure they meet the formal requirements of Germany scholarship 2024. All applications are then sent to the responsible selection committee for assessment and evaluation. For the selection of prospective students and students up to and including the 1st semester (at the time of application), a central selection committee is formed at each university, the members of which are appointed by the Executive Board or Rectorate. For the selection of students from the 2nd semester (at the time of application), decentralized selection committees are formed in the faculties, whose members must belong to the faculty and are appointed by the dean of the respective faculty. The central selection committees include at least three university professors and the decentralized selection committees include at least two university professors. In addition, students can also be members of the selection committees. There must be more university teachers than students represented on each selection committee. Sponsors can participate in the selection committees in an advisory capacity.

The commissions examine the applications received and make a recommendation to the executive board or rectorate about the scholarship holders to be supported. Based on this recommendation, the respective university decides whether to award the scholarships. Applicants will be informed of the results in writing. Selection interviews do not take place.

Selection criteria

a) According to Section 3 of the Scholarship Program Act (StipG), scholarships are awarded based on performance and talent. According to Section 2 Paragraph 1 of the Scholarship Program Ordinance (StipV), performance and talent can be proven in particular as follows:

  • for first-year students

the average grade or last average grade (before) the university entrance qualification, with special consideration of the individual grades relevant to the chosen field of study or the special qualification that entitles you to study at this university,

  • for students who are already enrolled, based on the coursework they have achieved so far, the ECTS points they have achieved, the results of an intermediate examination or the final grade of the previous bachelor’s degree.

The aforementioned achievements are seen as a decisive indication of talent. Other evidence that suggests a special talent must be presented by the applicant and will be taken into account by the commission accordingly. 

b) When considering the overall potential, the following are also taken into account in accordance with Section 2 Paragraph 2 StipV:

  1. special successes, awards and prizes, previous professional activity and internships,
  2. Extracurricular or non-disciplinary involvement such as voluntary work, social, university or political commitment or participation in religious societies, associations or clubs,
  3. special personal or family circumstances such as illnesses and disabilities, looking after your own children, especially as a single parent, or close relatives in need of care, working in the family business, employment while studying or a refugee or migrant background.

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