The Deutschlandstipendium program was created in 2011. As part of this program, the federal government subsidizes private donation funds raised by colleges to finance scholarships for talented and academically strong students. The program was modeled after other programs, including Studienfonds OWL, which has been granting privately funded scholarships on behalf of five colleges in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, North Rhine-Westphalia.
The goal of the Deutschlandstipendium is to grant particularly talented, conscientious students nationwide lasting support. In doing so, the federal government seeks to popularize the tradition of scholarships by supporting colleges to raise money for scholarships from private sponsors. You can find additional information in the Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz (Scholarship Program Law of the German Federal Government) and in the Sponsorship Guidelines.
Each Deutschlandstipendium is half financed by the federal government and half from private funds raised by Studienfonds. Consequently, each recipient receives a scholarship amounting to €300 per month (€3,600 per year).
Besides the financial support, Studienfonds OWL offers its scholarship students an extensive Ideals Cultivation Program. We offer:
The length of the scholarship is two academic years and can be extended to a third academic year. The scholarship always begins in the Winter semester.
It is possible in some cases to receive another scholarship at the same time as the Deutschlandstipendium. It is not possible, however, when students receive financial support or a performance- or talent-based scholarship that is, like the Deutschlandstipendium, financed using public funds. You can check this document (German only) to see which other scholarships are compatible with the Deutschlandstipendium.
The next round of scholarships from the Studienfonds OWL Foundation will be granted in Winter semester 2018/19. Applications are accepted online starting March, 15th 2018 on this website. Find out more here.