Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg gGmbH

 

 

Information Leaflet

on the

Baden-Württemberg Scholarship

- 2002 /2003-

1.      In 2002 - for the second time – the foundation Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg gGmbH will publish details of the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship for students attending the state universities (research universities, universities of applied science, pedagogical studies, music, and fine arts, and universities of co-operative education). The aim of the programme is to promote the international exchange of qualified German and non-German students.
 

2.      The programme consists of two programme lines:
 

 

Elite Programme

 

Support Programme

 

The - Elite Programme - is aimed at highly qualified graduates and postgraduates. It enables German students to pursue their studies at prestigious universities abroad, while giving graduates of leading overseas universities the opportunity to study in Baden-Württemberg.

 

The - Support Programme - is intended to complement the Elite Programme; it provides an additional incentive for German undergraduates attending university in Baden-Württemberg to study abroad and – on the basis of reciprocity - for students from outside Germany to study in Baden-Württemberg.

 

In the second support phase (2002/2003)

 

160 scholarships in the Elite Programme and 320 scholarships in the Support Programme

 

are to be made available. In each case, half will be allocated to students from Baden-Württemberg and half to students from abroad.


3..      The Elite Programme

3.1 Target group

a.) German students[1] (outgoing students)
The Elite Programme is open to all high-flying graduates and postgraduates enrolled at a state university in Baden-Württemberg, regardless of their chosen subject. The applicants must fulfil the requirements necessary for acceptance to graduate school and/or a PhD course at a leading university abroad (generally the intermediate examination + 2 semesters, a bachelor's degree, or for doctoral candidates, a German diplom or master's).

b.) Non-German students (incoming students)
From abroad, we welcome qualified students and postgraduates of prestigious universities (priority being given to those universities with which a tradition of co-operation already exists and which are willing to exempt Baden-Württemberg students from tuition fees). These students complete research or a part of their studies in Baden-Württemberg.

3.2 Selection of study location abroad

The choice of university is determined following consultation between the universities of Baden-Württemberg, the individual faculties/departments/academics and their foreign counterparts – especially those in western Europe and North America. Efforts are generally made to exempt Baden-Württemberg scholars from tuition fees for one academic year.

3.3 Support

Scholarship for German and non-German students:
670 € per month
10 months maximum duration
Study resources allowance of 500 € per study year

Additional payments for German students:
Should German students neither be exempted from paying tuition fees for their courses abroad, nor be offered an assistantship, up to 50% of the fees may be reimbursed (5,000 € per year maximum).
German students can also expect to receive a travel cost allowance of up to 1,000 € for their time overseas:

-         500 € for study within geographical Europe

-         1,000 € for study elsewhere


Additional payment for universities:
In addition, the state universities will be granted a one-off payment of 500 € for each non-German scholar to cover the extra tutoring expenditure.

 

4.      The Support Programme

The Support Programme is intended as a mutual arrangement, creating exchange opportunities for students within the framework of integrated overseas semesters. Preference is therefore given to non-German students enrolled at universities willing to accept German students in exchange. The non-German students pay their tuition fees at their home university, which in turn enables German exchange students to be exempted. The Support Programme is also exploring new regions as study destinations – Asia (particularly India, Japan, Singapore), Australia, Africa, South America and eastern Europe – with the aim of creating a network of exchange partnerships.

4.1 Target group

a.) German students[2] (outgoing students)
The programme is open to all students and undergraduates wishing to deepen their specialist understanding and widen their cultural horizons by studying abroad. Eligible are all German students, whatever their chosen subject, who are enrolled at a state-funded university in Baden-Württemberg.

b.) Non-German students (incoming students)
The programme is aimed particularly at students attending foreign partner universities who wish to study for a while in Baden-Württemberg as part of a mutual exchange. Within this arrangement, they should be prepared to offer their study places to German students seeking a overseas university placement. The foreign partner universities should be prepared to waive study fees for German exchange students.

4.2 Selection of study location abroad

The choice of university is determined following consultation between the universities of Baden-Württemberg, the individual faculties/departments/academics and their foreign counterparts (preferably from outside Europe). Efforts are generally made to exempt Baden-Württemberg scholars from tuition fees for one academic year.

4.3 Support

Scholarship for German and non-German students:
410 € per month
10 months maximum duration
Also possible as a partial scholarship

Additional payment for universities:
In addition, the state universities will be granted a one-off payment of 250 € for each non-German scholar to cover the extra tutoring expenditure.
The Support Programme makes no contribution towards tuition fees.
 

5.       The sharing of scholarships and additional payments

An Elite Scholarship may not be divided up into months, but it may be halved (instead of 10 months, 2 x 5 months, 670 € each).
A Support Scholarship, by contrast, may be halved, or subdivided into months. In this case, the scholarship period must not be less than four months (4,100 € for 10 months / 4 months minimum, 205 € per month). This also means that one scholarship may support up to four scholars (4 people / 5 months each / 205 € each).

One travel cost allowance is awarded per scholarship. If a scholarship is to be shared, the travel cost allowance must also be divided.
Similarly, only one study resources allowance (Elite Programme only) is awarded per scholarship. Should an Elite Scholarship be shared, the study resources allowance is also to be divided.

By contrast, the one-off payments made to the state universities in recognition of extra tutoring expenditure which feature in both programmes are not linked to the number of scholarships, but rather to the number of individual students (head count).
 

6.      Availability
Study places offered by overseas and German universities are determined by a Central Scholarship Commission. Following consultation with the Landesstiftung and on its behalf, the number of places - subdivided according to programme and location - are to be declared and published by the universities by 31.01.2002 at the latest.
 

7.      Application procedure and information
Students are entitled to apply for scholarship places published by their university. Applicants for the Elite Programme must fulfil the conditions as specified under 3.1 and be able to submit a positive appraisal from their tutoring professor.
Students of the target group as specified in 4.1 can apply for the Support Programme; preference will be given to those seeking to complete an integrated semester overseas.
Scholarship applications from German students should be submitted to the respective Baden-Württemberg university (foreign students' office).
Non-German students should apply to their home university.
Scholarship applications for 2002 must be submitted to the universities by no later than 31.03.2002; the initial shortlists must then be submitted to the Ministry by no later than 30.04.2002.
 

8.      Scholarship Applications
Scholarship applications for the Elite and Support Programmes must include the following documents:

-     letter of application, including study details and résumé
-     certificate of matriculation
-     degree certificate or interim certificate/vordiplom
-     proof of relevant foreign language aptitude
-      and for the Elite Programme: an appraisal by a tutoring professor

The letter of application must indicate whether the intended period of study abroad is to be an integrated semester.


9.     
Selection Process
The Baden-Württemberg universities shortlist the candidates from Baden-Württemberg. The non-German applicants are shortlisted by their university in consultation with the host university in Baden-Württemberg. The results of the shortlisting procedure and the list of applicants is then passed on to a Central Scholarship Commission – made up of delegates from the universities, the Landesstiftung and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. From there the selected applications are submitted to the Landesstiftung for the final decision. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the universities.


10.
Obligations
Acceptance of a scholarship binds the candidate to enrolment at the university in question, to the dedicated pursuit of his/her chosen course of study, and to attendance at Landesstiftung functions. On completion, scholars are required to write a short report (max. 5 sides of A4) of their impressions and experiences during their stay. Duplicate copies should be submitted to their home university or – in the case of non-German students - to their Baden-Württemberg host university prior to returning home. They are then passed on to the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in its capacity as project co-ordinator for the Landesstiftung. The reports are kept by the Landesstiftung and documented appropriately.

11.
Getting in touch
Students interested in these scholarships can obtain an information leaflet on the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship from the respective foreign students' office or from the office of their university otherwise responsible for activities abroad. The relevant information is also available over the Internet at: www.landesstiftung-bw.de
 

Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg gGmbH

The Landesstiftung was formed from the Landesbeteiligungen Baden-Württemberg GmbH in 2000. It fosters charitable projects with the common aim of promoting the future potential of Baden-Württemberg. Particular emphasis is placed on educational initiatives and science and research projects. Initial examples are programmes approved by the Advisory Board for Internet and computer competence, research in the field of nutrition, food safety and consumer protection, a photonics centre, financial support for vocational education, and the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship. Future and key technologies, human capital, internationalisation, media competence, social learning, youth, family and civic commitment are also focal points of the work of the Landesstiftung.

 

The capital stock of the Landesstiftung allows it to spend between 50 and 75 million € on charitable works annually. The Landesstiftung's legal status is that of a non-profit-making limited company (gGmbH), its sole shareholder being the State of Baden-Württemberg. Its Supervisory Board numbers eighteen: 9 representatives of the State Parliament, and 9 representatives of the Baden-Württemberg Government. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Landesstiftung is Prime Minister Erwin Teufel.


 

[1] „German students“ includes non-Germans educated in Germany and citizens of the EU.

[2] „German students“ includes non-Germans educated in Germany and citizens of the EU.

 

More Inforamtion and application materials to download:

 

Information for
Visiting Students
from Overseas for the Academic Year 2002/2003

 Scholarship/Elite Programme


 Scholarship/Support Programme

 

Application for the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship 2002