The Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship of the University of Mannheim Foundation aims to open up opportunities: The scholarship intends to enable students in a weaker financial position to take up or complete their studies.
Students are funded for up to one year. At the end of the funding period, they can reapply for the scholarship. The selection committee individually decides on the amount of funding for each student.
You can apply for the Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship if you are currently studying or if you have applied for a Bachelor program at the University of Mannheim. Candidates applying for a Master program at the University of Mannheim are excluded from the scholarship program. We accept applications from all schools and departments and from all semesters. However, we require good grades and regular course attendance and coursework. When deciding on the allocation of scholarships, we consider the economic, family-related, and personal circumstances of each student. These include, for example, urgent emergencies, a lack of support from family, disabilities, illnesses, or taking care of relatives.
The letter of motivation (one to two pages) offers the opportunity to explain in detail why you apply for the scholarship. Please consider the following questions when composing your letter of motivation:
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. The overview of grades from Portal2 is not sufficient.
Proof of your financial situation with appropriate supporting documents. Please indicate of all financial resources – including any financial support for example from your parents – available to you each month on the application form and assure the truthfulness of your indication. The foundation can request the submission relevant proof after the application.
We only consider complete applications that have been submitted in due time and form. Please send your written application in German or English to:
Stiftung Universität Mannheim
Schloss, Raum O 043
It is possible to submit your application, including all the required documents, by e-mail. In this case, please send all documents in time and in the order indicated (in one pdf-document) to:
Please keep in mind that if you send us an unencrypted e-mail, potential risks to the confidentiality and unauthorised access by third parties cannot be ruled out.
The award of the scholarship in the event of a successful application is dependent upon submission of the original and hand-signed declaration of consent of the applicant to collection, processing, and transfer of personal data.
We will send you an e-mail confirming the receipt of your application documents. The foundation reserves the right to request further information or obtain them from a third party. Once the application deadline has expired, please do not submit any additional documents without being asked to do so.
Please note that there is no legal entitlement to receive funds from the foundation.
Applicants for a study place at the University of Mannheim have to apply for a study place first before applying for the scholarship. You have to start studying at the University of Mannheim before you can receive the scholarship.
The Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship is financed by donations made to the University of Mannheim Foundation. The term “Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship” currently covers scholarships from the Rheinhyp Unterstützungsfond (RUFE) support fund and the Marie-Luise-und-Normann-Strassen Foundation. There is a uniform application process for the Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded differs from year to year.
A selection committee will decide on the allocation of the Opportunity Mannheim Scholarships. Representatives of private sponsors and funding organizations are also members of the committee. We will treat your data confidentially. Please carefully read the data protection policy in the scholarship application form.
There is no fixed maximum funding amount. Please indicate the amount of money that you will absolutely need each month. You can give a detailed list of your income and expenses in the table included in the application form. The difference between income and expenses will help you to estimate the desired amount of funding.
Please list your expected monthly expenses in table IV. Under “current” expenses, please indicate the average expenses that you have had in the past three months (international students can, for example, refer to expenses in their country of origin). The information under “expected” expenses refers to future expenses during the period of your studies in Mannheim.
Provided that you are a German citizen, every application has to include a BAföG letter of approval or refusal.
In special cases, international students can also receive BAföG payments. This applies to students
International students who do not meet any of the requirements listed above should give a short statement hereto in their application. In this case, the applicant does not have to submit a BAföG application.
The Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship is aimed at students showing a high level of commitment in their program of study who experience persistent financial need. The scholarship aims to support them in continuing their studies despite straining circumstances. As a prerequisite for receiving the Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship, the beginning, continuation or completion of the applicant’s studies must be severely endangered due to personal circumstances. These may differ widely in each individual case. In order for the selection committee to be able to make a just decision, it is thus important that all circumstances are known and confirmed. For further information, please read the data protection policy in the application form.
You disclose your data to the University of Mannheim and the University of Mannheim Foundation. Additionally, members of the selection committee have access to your personal data. Representatives of private sponsors and funding organizations are also part of the committee. The selection committee will be provided with your data in summarized and tabular form. Furthermore, the members of the committee receive your letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae. In case you are awarded a scholarship, your data will be transferred to the funding organization. However, this is only possible if you have given your consent in the application. For further information, please read the data protection policy in the application form.