Application step 1: inform yourself about the Deutschlandstipendium/Germany Scholarship
Please be sure to read about the Germany Scholarship before you apply to determine whether the scholarship is suitable for you and if your application is likely to be successful. Given that the Germany Scholarships are funded by companies, foundations, and other private parties, they are a little different to other scholarships.
Please be aware that the sponsors will want to contact you directly and to meet with you. We therefore expect you to also appreciate the contact with your sponsor and, every so often, to participate in the events that Universität Hamburg offers as part of the Germany Scholarship program. For some examples of the events offered, please check our website:
In the upcoming semester we organize similar events - due to the Corona-pandemic many of them will be offered online again.
Application step 2: check alternatives to the Germany Scholarship
If a Germany Scholarship is not an option for you, you will find information on other available scholarships and how to apply in the following databases:
www.mystipendium.de (in German only)
www.stipendiumplus.de/startseite.html (in German only)
www.stipendienlotse.de (in German only)
Application step 3: information for international students about the Germany Scholarship
All students enrolled at the Universität Hamburg may apply for a Germany Scholarship. You need to hand in a proof of enrolment.
Students who are or will not be enrolled at Universität Hamburg in the current semester, are not eligible for a Germany Scholarship!
You may find information how to apply at Universität Hamburg on:
Application step 4: obtain a course certificate or transcript of records
You will need to hand in a number of application documents. These include an up-to-date transcript of records detailing the coursework you have completed to date. Please contact your program examination office to obtain this as soon as possible.
If this is not your first semester at Universiät Hamburg you may submit your Stine-or IMED-results.
If you just started at Universität Hamburg, please submit a Transcript of Records from your previous university.
First semesters please submit their school leaving certificate.
International students, who have just switched to Universität Hamburg and cannot provide a transcript of records, should submit their foreign certificates or other proof of achievements.
All documents that are not in English or German have to be handed in with certified German or English translations — where necessary, with the grades converted to the German grading system (for example by uni-assist).
Application step 5: prepare a letter of motivation
The letter of motivation is an important component of your application. This is your opportunity to convince the selection committee that they should award you a scholarship! Please ensure you read through the selection criteria for the Germany Scholarship carefully described on our website beforehand.
Be sure to include details of the following in your letter of motivation (max. 2 pages):
• your achievements/grades and capabilities
• details of social and/or political and/or environmental and/or university commitments alongside your studies
• information/statement on the extent to which your studies and/or social commitments relate to sustainability.
• outline of your background and complicating factors (e.g., migration, being a refugee, first academic in your family, disability, illness, carer duties, other challenges and hurdles you must overcome)
Please address your motivation letter to:
Application step 7: read the Declaration of Participation
Please read the Declaration of Participation at the end of the Application Agreement and accept it on DSTIP.
Application step 8: read the Data Privacy Statement
Please read the Data Protection Agreement at the end of the Application Agreement and accept it on DSTIP.
Application step 9: compile all attachments
Please compile all the attachments listed below for your online application in the following order and, if you haven’t already done so, scan these in (in one pdf-document!). You will also find the list of documents required in the Application Agreement.
a) proof of enrollment at Universität Hamburg
b) letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
c) tabular CV
d) the following course certificates:
- Abiturzeugnis/(high) school certificate A-Level (international academic transcripts must be translated into German or Englisch. Grades must be converted in accordance with the German grading system, for example by Uni-assist). Please note: the application is not complete without your school leaving certificate!
- Additionally as of the second semester: current course certificates or Transcripts of Records for which you can apply at the respective examination office (you may use the same documents that were accepted for enrollment at UHH). International academic transcripts must be translated into German or Englisch. Grades must be converted in accordance with the German grading system, for example by Uni-assist.
- Additionally for master's students: final records for Bachelor degree, Diplom degree, Staatsexamen (state examination), or other final records of the first degree certificate (you may use the same documents that were accepted for enrollment at UHH). International academic transcripts must be translated into German or Englisch. Grades must be converted in accordance with the German grading system, for example by Uni-assist.
- Higher education entrance eligibility (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), if not identical with the high school certificate or Bachelor (international academic transcripts must be translated in German or English and grades must be converted in accordance with the German grading system, for example by Uni-asstist. You may use the same documents that were accepted for enrollment at UHH).
- e) optional: other final records or course certificates. For international final records or other foreign-language course certificates please submit a certified translation into German or English, if necessary with grades converted in accordance with the German grading system.
f) Optional: further proof of talents, certificates, or academic transcripts (please provide certified German or English translations of foreign certificates — where necessary, with the grades converted to the German grading system)
g) Should you have exceeded the regular period of study for completion of your degree program, please include an informal application for funding beyond the regular period of study with your application and provide justification. Please note that scholarships will only be awarded if students have a very good reason for exceeding the regular period of study.
h) Please include written proof of the following:
- social and/or family commitments (incl. up-to-date proof with details of how long you have been active in this area and how many hours/weeks/months you commit. If no proof can be handed in, please mention your commitment in your CV and statement of motivation)
- aspects that have hampered or hindered your education to date
- aspects of your studies or commitment internal or external to Universität Hamburg considering or oriented to the subject of sustainability. Sustainability is an interdisciplinary concern described in its broadest sense as the aim to shape the future in such a way that the scope for maneuver is not restricted in the future.
- Optional: further course certificates and qualifications, e.g., awards, prizes, past scholarships, etc.
- Optional: professional qualifications and work references
- Optional: If you have the impression that you cannot adequately prove your talent through school and study certificates, you can attach an IQ test to prove your talent. However, this is not required for a complete application and is purely voluntary.
Application step 10: create a PDF
Create one single PDF of max. 50MB containing all your application documents (if you need to create several PDFs, please note that the system accepts a maximum of 10 files).
Be sure to include your last name in the PDF file name.
Please also ensure that the documents listed under step 11 are arranged in the correct order!
A word of encouragement: once you have prepared this PDF, your application is almost complete!
Application step 11: seek consultation, as necessary
Given that the application procedure is straightforward and detailed information is provided here, we expect the majority of interested students to not require a personal advising.
However, should you have difficulties completing the online application, be in a unique situation, or not understand sufficient German or English to complete the application form, we are happy to assist you.
Due to the Corona-Pandemic assistance is given
a) via email: please do not hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
b) via phone: you may call
Mrs. Vera Sauter-Bruijn: +49 1511 4966091.
Dr. Andrea Schultze: +49 40 42838-6545.
Application step 12: prepare your online application
The application process will take place entirely online. Paper applications are not necessary and will not be accepted.
You are able to submit an online application within the dates that you received in the notification.
Applications must be submitted via the DStip application server:
(Please make sure you are forwarded to the DSTIP server of the Universität Hamburg. The UHH-Logo must be placed on top. If you end up at another university's application form please empty your browser cache or try another internet server (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer...) and then try the link again.)
To apply online, please complete the application form (available on the DStip server in both English and German).
It will only be activated for Universität Hamburg during this time window.
Please don't forget to fill in the high school results in the application form!
You are able to edit and save your online application as often as you wish. Please only submit it when it is entirely complete and you have also attached the PDF containing all necessary attachments in the correct order as one document (cf. application step 9)!
Once you have submitted your application, you will automatically be sent a DStip confirmation via email. If you received the DStip confirmation you can be sure your application has successfully arrived.
Should you realize at a later date that you have forgotten to include any documents, you are able to use the “Submit further documents” button to add these to your application before the deadline.
Please note the following when completing the application form:
1. You will be asked about the federal student loan scheme funding (BAföG) you receive. Please note that you are obliged to provide this information. If you do not, we will assume that you do not receive any funding through this scheme or that it is still unclear whether you are eligible for such funding. If the latter is the case, you must submit the decision of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg as soon as you receive it. While federal student loan scheme funding has no impact whatsoever on the awarding of Germany Scholarships, we do require this information for statistical purposes.
2. When providing details of your studies, please begin with the current semester. Master’s students should begin at “1” again, i.e., with the first subject semester of their master’s degree and the xy university semester.
Application step 13: print and submit the online application
Once you have saved the final version of your online application and completed all steps, please print it and keep a copy for yourself.
Then submit your application via DStip — be sure to only submit it once!
Please note: Don't try to upload your application in the very last minute as it might take longer and will be cut off once the server closes.
That's it! Congratulations!
Application step 14: what comes next?
Now you will have to be patient to get to know the result that will follow 3 months after your application.
The Germany Scholarship Office will check the completeness of all applications received by this date.
Universität Hamburg’s central selection committee will then evaluate and rate all complete applications. As per Section 7 subsection 1 of the University guidelines on the awarding of scholarships, the selection committee will comprise two members of each faculty. Committee members are obliged to keep all personal information confidential.
Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by the end of this year. Funding will then be paid retrospectively for one year once the student has signed a declaration of acceptance.
The scholarships will be officially awarded in February next year. All candidates selected will be sent further information shortly before this time.
Students who are not successful in their application will be emailed a rejection letter.
Please do not take a rejection to heart! There are very few scholarships available.
Good luck with our application!
Your team of the Germany Scholarship Office Universität Hamburg