July 25, 2024

What is the UDE-scholarship?

The UDE-Stipendium or UDE-scholarship is part of the Deutschlandstipendium and awards excellent students who are studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen with 300 € per month for an entire academic year. Funding always starts in October and lasts until September.

Private donors and regional companies honour the scholarship holders together with the German federal government. Apart from the merit-based funding, scholarship holders have the chance to get into contact with donors, company representatives, and other scholarship holders. From time to time, we also offer special extracurricular meetings and excursions you can only join being a part of our scholarship program at UDE.

See the current status of our annual cycle below to find out where we are at the moment.

In case of interest in the UDE-scholarship, feel free to take a look at our FAQs or email us to [email protected]. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible during our office hours.

Applying for the UDE-scholarship

Requirements / Who can apply?

  • Everyone who has excellent grades at school and/or university
  • All students who are properly enrolled at the University of Duisburg-Essen and are within their regular course duration
  • Everyone who has fixed plans to study at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the winter semester 2020/21 beginning in October (immatriculation status will be checked at the beginning of the semester – immatriculation at the time of application is not necessary)
  • Unfortunately, PhD students or students of degree courses liable to fees (e.g. Educational Media) cannot apply for an UDE-scholarship in general
  • If you are not enrolled at UDE you cannot be awarded with a scholarship
  • Providing false information will disqualify you from the awarding process

Which data is required for the application form?

  • Personal data (name, address etc.)
  • Information regarding your (planned) course of studies at UDE and average grades, ECTS-points, and grade of graduation e.g. Abitur (please provide grades compatible with the German grading system)
  • Curriculum vitae on your educational development (internships etc.) and, if applicable, on possible volunteer work (please note that you might have to enter contact information for a verification of your entries)
  • Information regarding other scholarships and BAföG
  • Letter of motivation (2.000 characters maximum)
  • Optional information on your personal background (can be to your advantage in the selection process)
  • Handing in any documents in paper form or via e-mail is not necessary unless we will ask you to provide documents later on during the awarding process

cholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or graduate students. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don’t have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at a college or career school
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get my scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school. So, you’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. Questions? Ask your financial aid office.

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