According to which criteria are the scholarships awarded?

The Deutschlandstipendium is a scholarship programme that is based on certain performance criteria. These are mainly proven with school and university certificates, and supplemented with additional criteria.

Ranking lists are created for awarding the scholarship.  The base value for determining the scoring is the Abitur grade (A-level equivalent). For students who already have completed a Bachelor’s degree, the Abitur grade is replaced by the Bachelor's degree grade. This score can be improved if any of the following personal factors are applicable:

  • For special personal circumstances resulting from caring for at least one biological child under the age of 14, 0.1 points shall be deducted per child.
  • A total of 0.1 points can be deducted for particular achievements, awards, prizes from the last two years, a previous occupation, work experience or voluntary services lasting at least six months.
  • A total of 0.1 points can be deducted for current extracurricular activities or activities in other fields, such as current voluntary work in society, university politics, religion or politics, or in associations or clubs.
  • A total of 0.1 points can be deducted for special personal or family circumstances such as illnesses and disabilities, caring for close relatives in need of nursing care or a personal background as a “first generation student” (i.e. neither parent has attended university).

If several applicants achieve the same score according to this calculation, the award will be made by drawing lots.