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You can find all answers to frequently asked questions about the Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship) at JLU as follows. If your questions remain unanswered please contact us via email.

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What are the aims of the Deutschlandstipendium?

The “Gesetz zur Schaffung eines nationalen Stipendienprogramms” (Law for the Creation of a National Scholarship Program) aims to promote gifted and high-performing students at universities in Germany with a scholarship of € 300 per month. Private sponsors (e.g. alumni, businesses and foundations) donate half of the scholarship - the Federal Government provides the other half.

Who can apply for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Scholarships are intended for students who are already studying at JLU as well as undergraduate students who are about to start studying at JLU. In addition to first-time students, students who are studying for a master's degree or a second degree can also apply. PhD students cannot apply.

It should be noted that the funding of the Deutschlandstipendium is exclusively aimed at students who are in the regular study period of their degree programme.

The following table shows the standard study periods of the degree programmes at JLU. In case of doubt, you will find the standard duration of your study programme in the respective study regulations or special regulations.

 

 

Course of study

Normal period

Bachelor

usually 6 Semester

Exceptions are:

  • B.Sc. Economics

 - Normal period of
 1) 6 Fold semester (180 CP),
 2) 7 Fold semester (210 CP) und
 3) 8 Fold semester (240 CP))

(Specifired on the matriculation certificate)

Master

usually 4 Semester

Exceptions are:

  • M.Sc. Operational Economics and Political Economics:
    2 Fold semester (60 CP) oder
    4 Fold semester (120 CP);

Law

 9 Semester

Human medicine

 13 Semester

Dental medicine

 11 Semester

Veterinary science

 10 Semester (+1 Semester Support    Exam semester)

Magisterium for secondary school L3

 9 Semester

Magisterium for primary school L1

 7 Semester

Magistrium for secondary school L2

 7 Semester

Magisterium for special school L5

 9 Semester

                                            

Is it possible to apply for the Deutschlandstipendium outside the standard period of study?

No, the Deutschlandstipendium is aimed exclusively at students who are within the standard period of their study programme. These are not criteria set by JLU but a stipulation of the “Gesetz zur Schaffung eines nationalen Stipendiumprogramms (StipG)” (Law for the Creation of a National Scholarship Programme).

When can I apply for the Deutschlandstipendium?

You can only submit your application using an online application form. The application form is always open in the summer of each application phase.

At JLU, the Deutschlandstipendium is awarded to the winter semester. More detailed information can be found on the pages for Students.

What must be appended to an application for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Applications for a Deutschlandstipendium must include a curriculum vitae (tabular), evidence of their university admission eligibility (first-year students) or evidence of their academic achievements (from the 2nd semester onwards in the Bachelor's or Master's degree programme). Insofar as already available, a current enrolment certificate must also be enclosed.

In addition, applications must be accompanied by a letter of motivation (max. 1 page, approx. 3000 characters). Besides outlining why the study programme has been chosen, the letter should contain statements about the applicant’s potential, indicating in particular:

a) particular achievements, awards and prizes, previous employment and internships, and

b) voluntary work, social or (university) political commitment or practical involvement in religious communities, non-profit or professional organisations or associations, and

c) special personal or family circumstances such as illnesses and disabilities, caring for one's own children, particularly as a single parent, or looking after close relatives in need of care, working in the family business, study-accompanying employment, family origins or a migration background.

Particular achievements, volunteer work or special family circumstances must be documented by certificates or testimonials/references.

Documents have to be in German or English.

How are the scholarship recipients selected?

The primary selection criterion for the Deutschlandstipendium is excellent academic performance. First-semester students need their college/university entrance certificate for the performance evaluation. In addition to academic achievement, the criteria include social commitment and special personal challenges or obstacles in the recipients family (or social) background.

What is the funding and who pays?

The amount of the scholarship is 300 euros per month: Private partners sponsor 150 euros and the Federal Government matches this with another 150 euros.

How long does the support last?

Scholarships are usually granted for the duration of two semesters within the standard period of the study programme.

Since when does the Deutschlandstipendium exist at JLU?

At JLU, the first scholarships were awarded for the winter semester 2011/12.

What obligations are linked to the scholarship?

1. Applicants must comply with the duty to cooperation associated with the selection procedure; in particular, they must provide the information required for an examination of their suitability and achievement criteria as well as any documentary evidence required.

2. Deutschlandstipendium holders must give immediate notification of any changes in their circumstances that are relevant for the granting of the scholarship.

3. During the funding period, scholarship holders must present the documentary evidence of suitability and achievement which are determined by the university.

What happens during a vacation semester?

During a leave of absence, the scholarship is not paid. Upon resumption of your studies following the leave of absence, the period covered by the scholarship will be adjusted. The exception here is a leave semester in conjunction with a semester abroad (see next point).

Will I continue to receive support during my stay abroad?

The scholarship will also be paid during the lecture-free period and during a subject-related stay abroad. A leave semester must always be reported.

Will the Deutschlandstipendium replace the BAföG (Federal Training Assistance Act)?

The scholarship is awarded without consideration of personal or parent income. It does not count towards grants awarded under the BAföG. The Deutschlandstipendium is thus a supplement to the BAföG grants. Scholarship holders can combine both support measures without restrictions. The BAföG Office must nonetheless be informed of the receipt of a Deutschlandstipendium.

Can I extend the scholarship?

No provision is made for an extension of the scholarship. Of course, every scholarship holder has the opportunity to apply for another Deutschlandstipendium after the expiry of her or his current scholarship.

Will I be notified of the receipt of my documents?

Yes, the receipt of your documents will be confirmed by email.

What do I do if my application is not sent?

Please verify that you have provided all necessary information and attached all documents and evidence. You will receive an automatic confirmation email when your application has been successfully sent. If your technical problems persist, please send us an e-mail to deutschlandstipendium@uni-giessen.de.

Will I be notified if my application is rejected?

Yes, after the awarding meeting, both the scholarship recipients and the unsuccessful applicants will be notified in a decision document (in writing).

How many scholarships are awarded?

The number of scholarships depends on the funds contributed by private sponsors. Sponsors can specify subject-specific funding preferences, which means that some departments receive more scholarships than others.

Can I submit documentary evidence/certificates at a later date?

No, as a rule, all certificates must be presented at the time of application and submitted directly via the application form. The only exception is for students who have not yet been enrolled when submitting their application. If you want to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium and you are not enrolled when submitting your application, you must indicate this in the application form. You can submit your enrolment certificate until the beginning of the winter term (including 1st of October). Please send a pdf to: deutschlandstipendium@uni-giessen.de

What happens to my data? (Privacy policy)

Your data will be processed in accordance with the currently applicable data protection regulations. The promotion according to the StipG leads to federal statistics. For this purpose, in accordance with § 13 and § 15 StipG 2010, the data of the scholarship holders listed therein must be reported to the Federal Government.

The application documents of non-considered candidates will be destroyed one year after completion of the award procedure. The documents of the considered applicants will be destroyed after the end of the scholarship.

 

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