Information for students: how to apply for the Deutschlandstipendium

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Application deadline for 2021/22: 01.06 - 30.06.2021

Online applications

The application process for the Deutschlandstipendium takes place exclusively via the application portal.

You register for the application portal with your e-mail address. If you have entered a passwort, you will receive a confirmation email. Then you can log in to the scholarship portal and fill out the application documents. You can interrupt the process at any time and continue later.

Please fill in your application completely!

Make sure that you have an e-mail address and telephone number at which you can be contacted. If we do not have your current contact data, which may be needed to resolve any unanswered questions at short notice, it is possible that your best point score cannot be considered when granting the scholarship.

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Who can apply for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Students at Kiel University in all subjects and at all levels can apply for the Deutschlandstipendium. Prospective students who wish to study at Kiel University may also apply, and will receive equal consideration. However, the funds will only be paid out if the student actually registers at Kiel University. Transferring the scholarship to another location is not possible.

Doctoral degree students cannot apply for the Deutschlandstipendium.

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.

Can foreign students also apply?

Yes, applicants from abroad as well as foreign students already enrolled at Kiel University can apply for the Deutschlandstipendium. Please note that foreign certificates must be accompanied by translations.

What special rules apply to medical students?

Applicants and current students for degrees in medicine culminating in the state medical examination can only receive one scholarship related to their subject. There is a separate scholarship pool available for this group.

What special rules apply for participants in the Software Challenge?

For candidates who have successfully participated in a Software Challenge, and have applied to study computer science at Kiel University, separate scholarships are provided, if possible.

Applications can be made by individuals who meet the admission requirements for their degree programme, are yet to start their course at Kiel University, and have been successful participants of the Software Challenge.

Applicants from this group can also apply for a scholarship from the general scholarship pool. If the applicant is successful in the general call for applications, his/her Software Challenge scholarship is forfeited.

Do I find out who sponsored my scholarship?

Yes, as long as the sponsor does not wish to remain anonymous. A declared aim of the scholarship programme at Kiel University is networking between sponsors and the recipients of their scholarships. The university supports this objective with events such as the awards ceremony at the beginning of the winter semester, and by further networking events and excursions.

Do I have any obligations towards my sponsors through the scholarship?

No, you do not have any obligations. The rules of courtesy, however, suggest that you thank your sponsors. It is also expected that recipients of a scholarship personally accept their award certificate at the annual awards ceremony, where possible. The recipients have a duty to demonstrate their gratitude, and thereby encourage motivation on the part of donors to continue their support.

How do I apply for the Deutschlandstipendium at Kiel University?

Application for the Deutschlandstipendium at Kiel University is exclusively via an electronic application portal.

The application period is over for 2019.

In order to complete the online form, you must first create a personal account. Using your password, you can view or edit your application at any time, but only until final submission of the form.

You will be required to provide proof of certain personal information. This must be uploaded as PDF files in the portal, together with your application. It is not necessary to also submit the form or send the proof by post, but the university reserves the right, in specific cases, to request the original documents.

What documents do I need for my application?

You only apply via the Online-Portal. Before you finally submit your application, please upload the following documents as attachment (in PDF format):

  • general certificate of qualification for admission to higher education (HZB - Allgemeine Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), a HZB specific to the subject of study, or a foreign HZB whose equivalence has been recognised by the relevant office.
  • if a student has certificates from previous degree programmes, these must also be submitted.
  • if necessary, proof of caring for a biological child (copy of the child's birth certificate)
  • if necessary, proof of particular achievements, awards, prizes (e.g. winner of the German young researcher competition "Jugend forscht") from the last two years, previous vocational training, work experience or voluntary services lasting at least six months, current extracurricular activities or activities in other fields, such as voluntary work in society, university politics or religion, or in associations or clubs, as well as proof of special personal or family circumstances such as illnesses and disabilities, caring for close relatives in need of nursing care (parents, siblings, spouse), or proof of a personal background as a “first generation student”.
  • candidates who have successfully participated in a Software Challenge, and have applied to study computer science at Kiel University, must also submit their scholarship certificate for the Software Challenge.


If the application documents (including certificates, proof of voluntary activities, prizes and awards, as well as vocational training, work experience and voluntary services) are not written in German or English, an officially certified German translation must also be submitted.

Applicants whose scholarship is approved must present original versions of their documents upon request. In the case of insufficient proof being submitted, the decision to award the scholarship or the option to take up a scholarship may be withdrawn.

Can I use other methods to apply?

Application via the online portal is mandatory. Only in proven cases of hardship can an application be submitted in another form. Please contact us directly in this case.

The invitation to apply for the scholarship programme

Here you will find the current invitation zu apply Announcement for the Deutschlandstipendien programme. All the steps in the process are specified in detail in the Guidelines.

What is the legal basis for this scholarship programme?

The Deutschlandstipendium is a programme by the Federal Government and is governed by the  Bundesgesetz zur Schaffung eines nationalen Stipendienprogramms (Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz - StipG) from the year 2010.
The text of the law and implementation regulations can be viewed and downloaded at:
The implementation of the programme at Kiel University and the details on awarding scholarships are stipulated in an internal guideline (PDF) by the University Board, to be found under "Quicklinks".

Information from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides detailed information about the Deutschlandstipendium:

A detailed tabular overview of the admissibility of simultaneously receiving other scholarships together with the Deutschlandstipendiu is available here (PDF):

The Stipendienlotse - BMBF scholarship database is an interactive platform where you can search for an appropriate scholarship for yourself. Link to the scholarship database: