The Federal Government gave new impetus to support talented students in German higher education with its Deutschlandstipendium programme at the beginning of the 2011 summer semester. This scholarship programme aims to encourage more young people to complete degree programmes at German higher education institutions and thereby also ensure the availability of sufficient numbers of specialists in the future.
© BMBFWith this programme, the Federal Government is relying on a partnership between public and private donors for the first time.
The monthly scholarship of 300 euros is paid for half by the German Government and half by a private sponsor - for example, a business enterprise or a foundation.
Both German and foreign students in German higher education whose educational history holds the promise of outstanding achievements in their future studies and career can apply to their German university or college for one of the scholarships.
This non-means-tested support is paid for at least two semesters, but no longer than the end of the standard period of study, and is intended to make it easier for talented students to successfully concentrate on their higher education.
The Deutschlandstipendium programme constitutes a new pillar of student financing for a new scholarship culture in which more private donors participate. Privately funded higher education spending should be significantly expanded by this solidarity-based support for young talents.
On average, in the OECD countries, 30% of funding for higher education comes from private sources. Germany still has to catch up in this respect. Only 15% of higher education funding has been provided by private sponsors until now.
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