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FAQ Deutschlandstipendium

Below you will find the most important questions and answers about the Deutschlandstipendium at TU Berlin. Please also refer to the FAQs on the Deutschlandstipendium website [1] (German only) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Deutschlandstipendium at TU Berlin

  • Number of Scholarships at TU Berlin
  • Stays Abroad
  • International Students
  • Selection Committee
  • Selection Criteria
  • BAföG, Child Benefit, Accomodation Allowance, and other Social Benefits
  • Early Termination of Funding
  • Academic Leave of Absence
  • Application for the Deutschlandstipendium
  • Granting of the Deutschlandstipendium
  • Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Double Funding
  • New Students/Applicants
  • Change of Subject or University
  • Sponsors
  • Funding Duration (maximum)
  • Funding Type and Scope
  • Scholarship Prerequisites
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Health Insurance
  • Review of Academic Performance
  • Doctoral Candidates
  • Legal Obligation
  • Tax Implications of the Scholarship
  • Preparatory School (Studienkolleg)
  • Part-time Studies
  • Accommodation Allowance/Housing Benefit
  • Earmarked Pledges
  • Second Undergraduate Degree

Number of Scholarships at TU Berlin

How many Deutschlandstipendium scholarships are awarded at TU Berlin?

In recent years, just over 100 scholarships have been awarded for each funding year. The number can vary from year to year. More information about the upcoming funding year can be found on the website "Call for Applications" (published each year in due time prior to the application period, and then visible in the menu on the left).

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Stays Abroad

Will I continue to receive the Deutschlandstipendium during a study-related stay abroad?

A subject-related stay abroad can only be funded if you do not receive any other merit or achievement-based funding during your stay (e.g. DAAD full scholarship).

If you hold a DAAD full scholarship, you can request to have your Deutschlandstipendium paused. Payment of the Deutschlandstipendium can be suspended for the duration of receipt of the DAAD full scholarship. However, you are permitted to simultaneously hold the Deutschlandstipendium and a DAAD partial scholarship. Mobility stipends (e.g. ERAMUS, PROMOS) are also permitted.

It is essential, however, that you inform the Deutschlandstipendium Office of your stay abroad.

You can find an overview of the scholarships you are permitted to receive together with the Deutschlandstipendium under “Double funding”.

 

 

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International Students

Are international students eligible to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes, international students and applicants of TU Berlin can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium.

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Selection Committee

Who is responsible for selecting the scholarship holders?

Scholarship holders are selected by a selection committee at TU Berlin. The committee is made up of two members per faculty: a professor and an academic staff member (cf. Section 7 Richtlinie der TU Berlin zur Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien [2]).

Using the selection criteria below pursuant to the criteria stated in the Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz - StipG [3], Stipendienprogramm-Verordnung - StipV [4], and the Richtlinie der TU Berlin zur Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien [5], the selection committee will select recipients on the basis of the information submitted with complete applications:

•    Outstanding academic performance
•    Notable involvement in work benefiting society and outstanding achievements
•    Particular family/biographical circumstances and challenges

The decision on the allocation of the scholarships is made on the basis of the anonymous application documents. Sponsors are not included in the selection process.

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Selection Criteria

What are the criteria for awarding the Deutschlandstipendium?

Scholarships are awarded on merit and academic performance. Aside from your previous achievements and successes thus far, social commitment, readiness to assume responsibility, or special social, family, or personal circumstances and challenges, arising, for example, from your family background and situation or a migration or refugee background, are also taken into account.

(cf. Section 3 Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz - StipG [6] and particularly Section 8 (2) Richtlinie der TU Berlin zur Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien [7])

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BAföG, Child Benefit, Accomodation Allowance, and other Social Benefits

Can a Deutschlandstipendium offset my BAföG?

For questions regarding social benefits and accommodation allowance, please refer to the information in the FAQs on the Deutschlandstipendium website (German only) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Early Termination of Funding

In what cases is Deutschlandstipendium funding terminated early (within the two-semester funding period)?

Pursuant to Section 8 Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz - StipG [8]: Funding ceases at the end of the respective month in which the scholarship holder

  • completed their university degree; this is the case when the scholarship holder is notified of the overall result of their successful completion of their studies and at the latest two months after the month in which the holder took their last exam
  • transfers degree programs
  • drops out of university or
  • has their enrollment terminated

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Academic Leave of Absence

Will I continue to receive the Deutschlandstipendium during a leave of absence?

If the reason for your leave of absence is a study-related stay abroad or mandatory internship, you can continue to receive funding. Payment of the scholarship installment will be reviewed for each month of the leave of absence.

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Application for the Deutschlandstipendium

When can I apply for the TU Berlin Deutschlandstipendium?

The Deutschlandstipendium is awarded at TU Berlin at the start of every winter semester. The application period is during the previous summer semester. You can find all the important information about applying (e.g. requirements, application steps, required documents) on our web page under the menu point "Application".

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Granting of the Deutschlandstipendium

How and when will I find out if I have been selected for a Deutschlandstipendium?

The results of the selection process are announced at the start of the winter semester. All applicants will receive either a letter of acceptance or rejection in the mail. As this is a multi-step procedure where scholarships may in certain circumstances be offered to applicants who did not initially qualify, it may take some time and not all letters may be mailed at the same time. Current information can also be found on the website under the menu point "Dates and Deadlines".

We kindly ask you refrain from inquiring about the status of your application.

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Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

How do the special regulations for the Berlin 2020 summer semester impact the Deutschlandstipendium?

The Berlin Senate Department of Science and Research has taken the decision that summer semester 2020 will not count towards a student’s standard period of study. Students who are unable to take all scheduled courses and exams during the summer semester will not be negatively affected with regards to the requirement to maintain the standard period of study (cf. Pressemitteilung der Senatskanzlei Wissenschaft und Forschung Berlin, LKRP, vom 03.04.2020 [9]).

For the Deutschlandstipendium, this means: Due to the fact that summer semester 2020 will not be counted towards the standard period of study, the end of the standard period of study will be postponed accordingly, with the consequence that the maximum funding period, which is based on the standard period of study of the respective degree program, will also be deferred.

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Double Funding

Am I allowed to hold two or more scholarships simultaneously?

You are not permitted to hold two or more merit or achievement-based material scholarships at the same time. If you receive merit or achievement-based support (either material or financial), amounting to less than EUR 30 per month on average, however, you are permitted to receive both scholarships simultaneously.

Here [10] you can find an overview provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of the scholarships you may or may not receive together with the Deutschlandstipendium. If your double funding is not permitted, you must choose which of the scholarships you would like to receive. If you (wish to) participate in a scholarship program that is not listed, please contact our Deutschlandstipendium Office.

Special information for students of the Central Institute El Gouna:

Please note that you are not permitted to hold the Deutschlandstipendium and DAAD Sur Place Scholarship at the same time. It is currently permissible to hold the Deutschlandstipendium and a Sawiris Foundation scholarship simultaneously.

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New Students/Applicants

I am commencing my studies in the coming winter semester. Can I apply as a prospective student for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes, prospective students are eligible to apply for the Deutschlandstipendium. If you are applying to multiple universities, you must apply for the Deutschlandstipendium at each respective university. If you have applied to different degree programs at TU Berlin, you must also submit a separate application for the Deutschlandstipendium for each degree program. In order to be awarded a TU Berlin Deutschlandstipendium, you must be enrolled in the degree program indicated in your application for the winter semester following the application period.

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Change of Subject or University

I am planning on transferring degree programs. Will this affect my Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes, as the scholarship is awarded with consideration for your degree program, you will cease to receive funding at the end of the month in which you transfer degree programs.

I am planning on changing universities. Will this affect my scholarship?

Yes, if a scholarship holder changes university during the grant period, the scholarship will continue to be paid out for one semester.

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Sponsors

Who are the sponsors of the Deutschlandstipendium at TU Berlin?

You can find a list of sponsors from the current funding period here [11].

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Funding Duration (maximum)

What is the longest I can receive the Deutschlandstipendium?

The maximum funding duration depends on your degree program’s standard period of study. A scholarship is initially granted for one year and may not exceed the duration of the standard period of study.

Once a year, we will review your academic performance and other criteria to confirm that you remain eligible for continued funding and thus a renewal of the Deutschlandstipendium.

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Funding Type and Scope

How high is the scholarship payment and how is it financed?

The Deutschlandstipendium encompasses a monthly stipend of EUR 300 for an initial 12 months. EUR 150 of the monthly installment are financed by private sponsors (businesses, foundations, associations, and private individuals), and the remaining EUR 150 by the federal government. You can find more detailed information on our website under the menu point "Program [12]".
Scholarship holders are free to determine the extent of support they wish to receive in addition to the funding (e.g. through the scholarship holder network and exchange with sponsors).

Do I have to pay the scholarship back after the funding ceases?

No, unlike BAföG, you are not required to repay the scholarship as a principle. In individual cases, you may be required to return monthly installments, if overpayments occurred in the event of impermissible double funding or failure to meet criteria (e.g. early end of studies).

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Scholarship Prerequisites

Who can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium and what are the requirements for funding?

The following individuals can apply:

  • Regularly enrolled bachelor’s and master’s students who are already enrolled at TU Berlin at the beginning of the funding period (the upcoming winter semester) and who are still studying within the standard period of study with at least two semesters remaining
  • New students who have applied and will commence their studies at TU Berlin in the winter semester

Students pursuing a second degree or complementary studies are also eligible.

Doctoral candidates, however, are not eligible to apply for the Deutschlandstipendium.

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Laws and Regulations

Which laws apply to the Deutschlandstipendium at TU Berlin?

The Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz - StipG [13], Stipendienprogramm-Verordnung - StipV [14], and Richtlinie der TU Berlin zur Vergabe von Deutschlandstipendien [15] form the legal framework of the TU Berlin scholarship program.

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Health Insurance

Does the Deutschlandstipendium impact my statutory health insurance contribution?

The Deutschlandstipendium does not affect contributions to health insurance as long as scholarship holders are insured through statutory health insurance. Usually, this is until completion of the 14th degree semester or your 30th birthday. However, if you subsequently opt to voluntarily have statutory health insurance, different regulations will apply. German legislation requires payment of a fixed minimum contribution. If the assessable income, including scholarship funding, exceeds the current assessment basis, all excess income will be factored into the payable health insurance contribution.

(cf. FAQs on the Deutschlandstipendium website (German only) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF))

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Review of Academic Performance

What is a review of academic performance?

Universities review at least once a year whether scholarship holders demonstrate sufficient academic performance to fulfill the criteria necessary to continue receiving the scholarship. Your scholarship notice states the type of proof you are required to submit for this review and when to submit it. Specific personal or family circumstances during this time will also be taken into account. (cf. Section 3 Stipendienprogramm-Verordnung - StipV [16]).

The review of academic performance at TU Berlin is conducted mid-May to mid-June using exam results acquired in the prior winter semester. Scholarship holders are currently required to provide proof of 20 credits. Further information is provided in the scholarship notice as well as in a reminder before the review is conducted.

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Doctoral Candidates

Are doctoral candidates also eligible to receive the Deutschlandstipendium?

No, doctoral candidates are not eligible for funding.

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Legal Obligation

Is there a legal obligation to offer the Deutschlandstipendium?

No. It is at a university’s discretion whether it offers the Deutschlandstipendium. At TU Berlin, the selection committee is responsible for awarding scholarships. Decisions are taken in consideration of the established selection criteria and on the basis of the laws and regulations.

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Tax Implications of the Scholarship

Is the Deutschlandstipendium considered taxable income?

No, the TU Berlin Deutschlandstipendium is not treated as taxable income. As a certificate for the tax office, please submit the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship notice (the tax exemption is mentioned on page 2, top paragraph).

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Preparatory School (Studienkolleg)

Is it possible for students attending the Preparatory School (Studienkolleg) to receive scholarships through the Deutschlandstipendium funding program?

No, funding of students attending the Preparatory School is, unfortunately, not possible. Funding is only available for students enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs (see also Scholarship prerequisites). The Preparatory School conducts preparatory courses and examinations for applicants required to provide additional proof of their academic qualifications before commencing a degree program.

There is, however, the possibility to apply for funding through the Deutschlandstipendium as part of the process of applying for a place in a degree program for those students wishing to subsequently study at TU Berlin (see New students/applicants).

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Part-time Studies

I am a part-time student. Am I eligible for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes, part-time students are also eligible to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium.

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Accommodation Allowance/Housing Benefit

Can I receive an accommodation allowance and the Deutschlandstipendium at the same time?

Yes. Individuals receiving an accommodation allowance should note however, that half of the scholarship is included in the calculation of annual income. Please contact your responsible housing allowance office for more information.

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Earmarked Pledges

What does it mean if the Deutschlandstipendium is awarded as an earmarked pledge?

Sponsors can earmark their pledge for a specific degree program or subject area. In addition to earmarked pledges, there are also scholarships open to all degree programs. You can find an overview of the earmarked pledges expected for the upcoming year in the annual call (i.e. the website "Call for Applications", published each year in due time prior to the application period, and then visible in the menu on the left).

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Second Undergraduate Degree

I am pursuing a second undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for the Deutschlandstipendium?

Yes, you can also apply for the Deutschlandstipendium.

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Kirsty Otto (IF 5)
+49 (0)30 314-25309
Ernst Ruska building
Room ER 381
e-mail query [17]

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Diana Lange (IF 6)
+49 (0)30 314-26443
Ernst Ruska building
Room ER 381
e-mail query [18]
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