There are many people who achieve outstanding performance even at a young age. The Deutschland Scholarship is intended to support excellent students and aims to give them the opportunity for social commitment and personal development alongside their studies. Scholarship holders receive EUR 300 per month – one half from the federal government and the other half from private sponsors and funding organizations. In the current funding period 2021/2022, about 120 Deutschland Scholarships are being awarded at the University of Mannheim. In addition to receiving financial funding, it is possible for scholarship holders to stay in close contact with the sponsors which facilitates further, non-material support.
For further information, please see the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The main selection criterion is outstanding performance at school and university. Moreover, the university looks for excellent extra-curricular activity such as sports achievements and/
Special personal circumstances such as having a migrant or non-academic background are also taken into account.
Students of any bachelor’s, master’s or state examination program may apply for the Deutschland Scholarship. They need to be enrolled at the University of Mannheim and complete their degree within the standard period of study. Students may apply for a Deutschland Scholarship already while applying for a study place in a bachelor's, master’s or state examination program. However, they will only receive funding provided that they actually start pursuing a degree program at the University of Mannheim.
In your letter of motivation, you should give a thorough (not excessive) explanation of why you apply for the Deutschland Scholarship. Consider the following questions when composing your letter of motivation:
Please do not exceed the maximum number of 3,800 characters. Please take the number of characters indicated in Word as a guideline.
Please direct your letter of motivation to the selection committee.
You can obtain a Transcript of Records from the Express Service. Please make sure to include your current average grade if you have already acquired more than 30 ECTS. We accept a transcript of records automatically produced by the Express Service that is valid without signature. The overview of grades from Portal2 is not sufficient.
Proof of previous professional activity and completed vocational training, dating back no longer than five years and lasting at least two years (including training).
Proof of internships, part-time positions, and tutorials that do not date back more than five years and have lasted at least eight weeks. Only evidence indicating the total duration and the number of working hours completed will be taken into account.
Proof of voluntary work, social or political commitment or participation in religious communities, associations or clubs: The activity must not date back more than two years and must have comprised at least four weeks or 160 hours per year.
Proof of participation in an accredited student organization or departmental student committee: The activity must not date back more than two years and must have comprised at least four weeks or 160 hours per year.
Proof of assuming an elective office within the self-governance processes of the university (including student organizations): The activity must not date back more than two years and should have lasted at least one semester.
Please attach a signed certificate to your documents, which includes a description of the activity, the institution/
For more information on the allocation of the Deutschland Scholarship, please refer to the statutes of the University of Mannheim for the awarding of Deutschland Scholarships (Satzung der Universität Mannheim zur Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien, StipS).
Applicants for a study place have to apply for a study place first before applying for the scholarship via the application portal.
Responses (confirmations and rejections) will be sent by e-mail in September.
Scholarship payments will begin in October and will be effected retrospectively as of August.
Funding amounts to EUR 300 per month. In addition, the university establishes contact between funding organizations and scholarship holders. This can lead to non-material support such as internship opportunities, invitations to events, or inclusion in a talent development program. The University of Mannheim also hosts a scholarship ceremony at the beginning of each fall semester.
The university strives to award scholarships for the duration of the standard period of study in a degree program. But the scholarship is initially granted for one year. An extension of the funding period depends on the scholarship holder’s academic performance and on further funding agreements with funding organizations. Student performance is verified each spring.
As an applicant for a study place, you can submit your application via the student portal stating your desired master's program. Please state your average grade on the online application form in the “current degree” section, and explain in your letter of motivation that funding is required for pursuing a master's degree.
We will send responses (confirmations and rejections) in fall. Due to the current situation, the processing time of the applications might be longer than usual. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact stipendium. uni-mannheim.de
In addition to the applicant’s individual performance and commitment, the university would like to take special personal circumstances into account when selecting scholarship holders, and particularly encourages students with a migrant or non-academic background to apply. In order to be able to assess each application in its individual context, the application form contains questions on personal circumstances. Though answering these questions is voluntary, it may increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship. Your data will be treated confidentially.
In the application form for the Deutschland Scholarship, the section “information about studies” follows the item “contact data”. There you can indicate your intended Master's degree, the program start date and the expected graduation date (within the standard period of study). On the second page after that, you can provide information on your previous bachelor's degree and your final bachelor's grade under “Previous studies”.
Every university entrance qualification that is accepted for enrollment at the University of Mannheim can also be used to apply for a Deutschland Scholarship. Please convert all grades and points to the German system. If the grades of your university entrance qualification cannot simply be transferred to the German grading system, please enter a zero in the form.
The Deutschland Scholarship includes both financial support (EUR 300 per month) and non-material support (for example, contact with potential employers). It does not cover the tuition fees. Under certain conditions, an exception to the obligation to pay tuition fees exists for international students.
This is determined by the amount and type of funding. Students who already receive a talent- and performance-based material grant amounting to EUR 30 or more per month cannot receive a Deutschland Scholarship during the current funding period. This applies to students who receive a scholarship from the organization for the promotion of young talent, for example. For a detailed overview of scholarships and information on whether they can be received at the same time as the Deutschland Scholarship, please visit the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The Deutschland Scholarship can be combined with the ERASMUS program as long as you remain enrolled at the University of Mannheim without taking an academic leave of absence for the ERASMUS period.
When funding is provided by the DAAD program, a distinction must be made between partial scholarships with the aim of promoting mobility and full scholarship programs. While partial scholarships can generally be combined with the Deutschland Scholarship, full-ride scholarships are excluded from double funding. For further information, please see the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Yes, you may apply. Usually, scholarship payments will be suspended during your leave of absence. When you return to studying, the duration of your academic leave of absence will be added on to the duration of your funding period. You must inform the Deutschland Scholarship coordinators at the University of Mannheim of your academic leave of absence immediately. Otherwise, you may lose your entitlement to the scholarship.
Provided that the scholarship holder spends a subject-related semester abroad, funding payments may be granted even if the student is on an academic leave of absence. However, please consider whether the Deutschland Scholarship is compatible with other funding programs (see above).
Scholarship payments will be suspended during your leave of absence. As soon as you resume your studies, the funding period will be extended by the duration of your leave of absence. You must inform the Deutschland Scholarship coordinators at the University of Mannheim of your academic leave of absence immediately. Otherwise, you may lose your entitlement to the scholarship.
A differentiation has to be made between a compulsory internship and other internships. Compulsory internships form part of the program of study and are no obstacle to the payment of the scholarship. If the scholarship holder takes an academic leave of absence for another internship that is not included in the study regulations, scholarship payments will be suspended during this time.
No. The employees of the University of Mannheim who are tasked with the selection and decision-making process will only see your application. In the case that you are granted a scholarship, the funding organization will be provided with your contact information. However, this will only happen if you have given your consent in the form of a data protection declaration or if you have agreed to share your data with a sponsor in the section “contact data”.