Students from all courses of study at the University of Potsdam who can demonstrate above-average academic achievement and social engagement
students from other universities
students from other universities in Brandenburg
students in their first semester
students who exceed the standard period of study without a valid reason (cf. § 7 StipG)
students of the University of Potsdam without German citizenship
students attending the University of Potsdam within the framework of an exchange program (e.g. Erasmus)
students in a second or postgraduate degree program
students who already receive a scholarship whose material support exceeds 29.99€ (also book scholarships)
Who do we encourage to apply for a scholarship position?
students from non-academically educated families
students who receive BAföG
students with children or pregnant women
students with chronic illness (mental or physical) or disability
students with refugee experience
students with a migration background
students who have obtained their Abitur through the second educational pathway or who have already completed vocational training
students who participate in top-class sports and are members of an Olympic squad
Is the Germany Scholarship tied to specific disciplines?
The calls for applications specify the academic disciplines in which scholarships are available. Basically, however, one-third of all scholarships are available for students from all disciplines.
Can I apply again after the expiration of my scholarship?
I did not receive a scholarship. Can I apply again?
Yes, when the next call for applications goes out.
I am enrolled in my first semester and do not have any academic achievements to report. Can I still apply?
Yes. For beginning university students, what counts is the average grade of their university entrance exam. For students who are in their first semester of a master’s program, we look at the final grade of the previous bachelor’s program.
Questions Concerning the Corona Pandemic
Due to the Corona pandemic, I cannot complete my studies in the standard period of study. Can I still receive the Deutschlandstipendium?
The scholarship is generally only awarded within the standard period of study, unless there are special reasons. Corona is one of these. In the application form, in the last field under "Notes", appropriate comments must be made as to why the studies have to be extended due to Corona. This includes, for example, the cancellation of exams and internships.
Due to the "simplified withdrawal" from exams, my performance summary temporarily shows a "failed". How do I deal with this?
Please wait with sending your application until the examination office has removed the invalid grade. (For information on how to deal with the simplified withdrawal, see here).
If this is not possible, please make a note in the "Notes" field that the grade is only temporary. As soon as you have the corresponding document, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective Students, Students in their Holiday Semester, in an Internship or Shortly before Completing their Studies
I have applied for a place at the University of Potsdam, but I am not yet enrolled. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
Yes. First-year students who have applied to study at the University of Potsdam and are still waiting for admission can apply for the university scholarship. They will be given the opportunity to submit their matriculation certificate by September 30 of the respective year.
First-year students who apply for an NC-free program can submit their matriculation certificate by October 30.
I have applied for several degree programmes at the University of Potsdam and am waiting for admission. How do I indicate this in the scholarship application?
If it is still unclear for which programme you will be accepted, you can enter your favorite programme in the scholarship application.
In the "notes" field at the end of the application, you can indicate other study programme applications. However, if a scholarship is granted for a specified programme, this acceptance remains provisional.
Next semester, I will be on an internship/vacation semester/abroad semester. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply.
During the time you are on leave of absence, the payment of the scholarship is either suspended or continues (depending on the reason for the leave of absence). The funding period will be extended by the leave of absence period when you resume your studies.
I have only one semester left in the standard period of study. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply if you are within the standard period of study in the winter semester 2021/22 (scholarship duration: six months).
Please note that you can only receive the Potsdam University Scholarship if you are within the standard period of study or can give reasons why you are exceeding the standard period of study. This includes, for example, a study-related stay abroad or raising a child. For detailed information on the maximum period of eligibility, please refer to § 7 of the Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz.
I am graduating with my Bachelor's degree next semester and starting my Master's degree at UP the following semester. Can I apply?
Yes, please make a note in the "notes" field that the funding should refer to your Master's program.
Other Kinds of Funding
Does the university scholarship count towards the BaföG and can it be combined with other scholarship programmes?
The Deutschlandstipendium is not counted towards the BaföG. Students can therefore receive both types of funding. For other scholarship programmes, the type and amount of the scholarship is decisive. Students who already receive a talent- and performance-based grant that averages 30 euros or more per month will not receive a university scholarship or must forego their material support if they wish to receive the university scholarship (see §4 StipG). It should be noted here that the waiver of tuition fees does not count as material support.
Can I also receive housing allowance and other social benefits in addition to the university scholarship?
Yes, you can continue to receive other social benefits. If you receive housing allowance, however, you must note that the university scholarship, like other scholarships, is taken into account half for the calculation of the annual income. If you have any further questions about scholarships and housing allowances, please contact your local housing allowance office.
Can I continue to receive the university scholarship during a DAAD-funded stay abroad?
Yes. The scholarship will continue to be paid during a subject-related stay abroad within the period of approval. This also applies within the framework of the ERASMUS program if the scholarship holder simultaneously receives a mobility grant from the DAAD (see § 6, paragraph 4 StipG).
I was abroad with the ERASMUS or a DAAD program. Does this count as double funding?
No. However, please indicate this in your CV.
Are parallel scholarships possible?
This depends on the amount and type of scholarship funding. Basically, the following applies: If you already receive a talent- and performance-based material support that averages 29.99 euros/month or more, you cannot receive a Potsdam University Scholarship (as part of the UP's Deutschlandstipendium programme).