Application for a university scholarship

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The application phase for the upcoming winter semester 2021/22 will start soon. Our application website will be online from July 01 until July 25 2021. There will be no separate application phase for the summer semester 2022.



Who can apply?

  •     Applications are open to enrolled students of all courses of study at the University of Potsdam as well as pupils* applying for a place at the University of Potsdam.
  •     An application is only possible within the standard period of study, unless there are serious reasons for doing so.

Selection Criteria

  •     School or university achievements,
  •     Your motivation,
  •     Voluntary commitment (e.g. social, community, higher education policy commitment; participation in religious communities, associations, clubs; willingness to assume responsibility),
  •     Further (practical) qualifications (e.g. vocational training, internships (study-integrated internships do not apply), voluntary services; special achievements, awards, prizes),
  •     Special personal and family circumstances (e.g. illness, disability, bringing up and caring for one's own children, caring for close relatives in need of care, employment during studies, social background).

Application procedure

  •     The complete application process takes place exclusively online through an application portal via a link on our homepage. Applications in paper form will not be accepted.
  •     The application period for students of the University of Potsdam and for first-year students is from July 1, 2021 to July 25, 2021.
  •     Necessary application documents (upload directly on the online application platform):
  1.         Letter of motivation with a maximum of 3000 characters (on topics such as: desired career goals and the role of the German scholarship, performance and learning motivation for the study programme, personal career, special social, family or personal circumstances, social commitment),
  2.         Tabular curriculum vitae (without photo),
  3.         Students: Certificate of study of the University of Potsdam,
  4.         First-year students: University entrance qualification and letter of admission or confirmation of enrolment from the University of Potsdam,
  5.         Performance overview from PULS,
  6.         Overview of marks with calculated average marks from the examination office,
  7.         Students who have already obtained a university degree, please enclose your certificate of first university degree,
  8.         where appropriate, evidence of professional qualifications, traineeships, work experience special awards and prizes,
  9.         if applicable, evidence of extra-curricular or extracurricular activities (e.g. voluntary work, participation in clubs, associations, religious communities, etc.), special personal or family circumstances, e.g. own illness or disability, the care of own children, especially as a single parent, care of relatives or other circumstances that have had an aggravating effect on the previous educational biography.

Further notes

  • In the application form you can indicate your wishes to which donors you want to be "matched". You can find the list of donors here.
  •  A letter of recommendation is not required.
  •  The attachments as PDF files should be titled accordingly: "Surname_first name_forename_e.g. certificate of study".
  •  If, for example, you have several certificates of commitment, please bundle them in one file (surname_firstname_engagement.pdf/.doc). Only one PDF can be uploaded per upload field on the online application platform.
  •  Only if the application is sent correctly with all the relevant attachments within the time window in the application portal is it valid and will be processed.
  •  Due to the large number of applications, receipt of the documents cannot be confirmed immediately. We kindly ask you to refrain from asking for such confirmation.
  •  At the beginning of October 2021 at the latest, the acceptances and rejections will be sent by e-mail.



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