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»Seizing Opportunities« - The German National Scholarship


The »Seizing Opportunities« application procedure, the German National Scholarship Programme at Heinrich Heine University, will start again in summer 2021.

Click here to go the applicant portal for the German National Scholarship Programme at HHU

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf’s (HHU) funding programme »Seizing Opportunities« – the German National Scholarship Programme (Deutschlandstipendium) – is geared towards high-performing students from all of HHU’s faculties. All students from the 1st semester of their Bachelor’s programme until completion of the Master’s programme or up to the state examination can receive a grant. For winter semester 2020/21, up to 400 students from all of HHU’s faculties can be supported with the German National Scholarship Programme.
The ″matching″ procedure forms the basis of this programme: the federal government provides €150 every month for each scholarship. This amount is counterfinanced with the same amount by private donors, companies or foundations, so that each scholarship recipient is supported with €300 per month. Alongside financial support, this programme enables scholarship recipients to participate in events with ″their″ donors, the ambassador for scholarships, Honorary Senator Prof. Dr Hannelore Riesner and other members of the university. Since 2020, Dr Kai Dannenberg, Youth Ambassador, has also been available as a contact person for the scholarship recipients. A scholarship thus promises additional insights into the most diverse areas of science as well as the social, cultural and economic life in the city and region of Düsseldorf. The ideal support concept for scholarship recipients was selected by the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) in the Germany-wide competition ″Accompanying the Best.″

For more detailed information, please refer to the official website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Online award ceremony 2021

FAQs about the German National Scholarship

First-semester students and students from all faculties and study programmes of Heinrich Heine University who have achieved outstanding results have the chance to receive a scholarship.

Special contingents: competitive athletes, persons seeking advancement through education and students with a child.

For the German National Scholarship Programme, HHU offers lines of funding for competitive athletes, (persons entitled to receive financial support in accordance with the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)), persons seeking advancement through education and students with a child. The scholarship also amounts to 300 euros per month for one year of funding.

The following must be verified in the application procedure:

  • For competitive athletes from DOSB’s federal team comprised of Olympic and Paralympic sport disciplines
  • For students with at least one underage child
  • For persons seeking advancement through education, entitlement to receive BAföG at the maximum rate. Selection interviews will be held, if necessary



The application timeframe is annually from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2020. First-semester students can apply until 15 September 2020.

You can get a list of previous university achievements, including credit points, in the SSC.

Applicants from study programmes that have a different grading system (law, medicine) enter a 0 for the credit points in the applicant portal.

No, the overview of achievements only serves as an initial classification of the applications. When the application deadline ends, we get the latest status of all of the applicants’ grades directly from the examination office.

In important exceptional cases (e.g. stay abroad), you can hand in documents later following prior consultation. Please take into account that the timing of the application within the application period does not have any influence on awarding of the scholarship. This means you can first gather your documents without any stress and then submit your application.

Yes, this is possible as long as you’re still enrolled at HHU. Please note that you should nevertheless remain within the standard period of study.

Yes, provided that you’re enrolled at HHU.

As long as you’re officially enrolled in the Master’s programme in a “provisional way,” you can apply. You have to submit the Bachelor’s degree certificate after receipt. If this is not done, all payments received until then must be paid back.

We are aware that a provisional change of registration is not possible for the following Master’s degree programmes:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Psychology
  • Translational Neuroscience

All applicants will probably be informed by the end of November. In the process, acceptance and rejection letters will be sent at the same time. Please refrain from making inquiries by telephone.

The funding phase starts in October, but as a rule, the first payment is made in December. Instalments for the previous months of October and November will then be paid out retroactively.

No, awarding for one semester is also possible if you only have one more semester left to study. Starting in the summer semester, admission slots that have become available again will be allocated to those next on the waiting list. However, an application is only possible once a year during the timeframe specified in each case.

Generally, the German National Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium) refers to a merit-based scholarship that is especially geared towards outstanding students. New in 2018 for HHU is a special quota that takes students with children into account. It’s not possible to definitively predict acceptance because awarding largely depends on a comparison with the other applications submitted and grade limits thus vary from year to year.

In principle, you do not have any specific obligations, but it should be in your own interest to participate in the exclusive events that are organised for scholarship recipients and their donors. This makes it possible to forge important contacts.

Yes, there’s a designated field where you must enter your previous donor(s). Otherwise, apply again with updated documents and a new letter of motivation.

The certificate will be handed out at the ceremony in December. Scholarship holders who are not present at the ceremony can later pick up their certificate from the office of the Central University Funding. Please bring an identification document with you.

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