The DeGiS Scholarship Opportunity

Always dreamt of studying in Germany, enjoy zero tuition fees and one of the best educational systems in the world? Well, you have gone through long and complex journey of getting the admission into your German University and the visa necessary to come here.


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Congratulations for this major step in your life!

After the first overwhelming feeling you probably dug into the organisation of your endeavour. One of the first questions was certainly what your university is like, how you can find an apartment and how you can finance your studies.One of the best options – besides the governmental-funded payment – is a scholarship. There are many different options with different premises as you might want to read on this scholarship overview.

10 DeGiS scholarships

DeGiS’ vision is to build Germany’s largest network of international students – cross-university, cross-city, Germany-wide. We bring together open-minded talents from all over the world by organising city circles, networking events and by organising inspiring mentorship programs. Besides, one very important pillar is the financial support of at least 10 eligible students with our ISCG scholarship.

The scholarship includes:

This certainly sounds interesting to you if you want to engage with fellow international students and want to fill-up your pocket money a bit at the same time. The scholarship of course is open to everyone. Nevertheless, DeGiS’ has certain premises for the application and the selection process as outlined below.

Meet the first five DeGiS scholars

In February 2020 DeGiS was happy to announce the grant of its first scholarships to five outstanding students.

Pavithra Pandiaraj is coming from India and is studying for a Master’s degree in Financial Management at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Pavithra also holds an MBA degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (one of the Top Business Schools in India).

Chamath Jayasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management at the University of Freiburg. Apart from that Chamath has an extensive background in Mechatronics.

João Pedro Paula is a Brazilian dancer who has already worked in Austria and Canada. Now João is pursuing a Master’s degree in Choreography at Palucca University of Dance in Dresden.

Danial Abdollahi is coming from Iran and is studying for a Master’s degree in Digital Engineering at Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg. Danial is also a member of the AIESEC committee in Iran, the organization that focuses on empowering young people to make a progressive social impact and also provides them with leadership development and exchange global experiences.

Burcu Yesil is a Turkish student who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Natural Resources Management at Humboldt-Universität. Burcu already holds a Master’s degree in Global Environment, Politics and Society from Edinburgh University. Apart from having a successful academic career, Burcu is a Co-Founder of Zero Waste Platform and a member of Green Thought Association.

How to apply for the DeGiS scholarship?

For your application we need a convincing application which will be assessed by us and our partners. This follows a selection process based on the following transparent criteria:

  • Enrolled full-time students in Germany.
  • Engaged in convincing extracurricular activities on societal/social/political causes.
  • Extraordinary academic results.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken), additional language (especially German) desired.
  • Motivation and dedication towards representing DeGiS.
  • You are a full-time student in Germany and you have the intention to stay in Germany after your graduation.
  • You perform and you have performed extracurricular social activities.
  • You have an extraordinary record including academic results.
  • You speak and write English with proficiency and you speak or intend to learn German.
  • You are motivated to represent ISCG as an ambassador in your university, city, Germany and home country.

If you see yourself meeting this criteria we kindly ask you to provide us with the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter (max. 300 words in the style of a “Creative Essay”)
  • Recommendation letter
  • Certificate of enrolment (can be handed in later)
  • Other certificates (optional)

The creative essay

As an international student you have experienced a lot so far. You will make it to Germany and you are excited about that endeavour. As you have learned about the entire relocation process so far, you want to share this with fellow international students and those who will come in subsequent years – but how?

In your short essay (max. 300 words) you describe what you have experienced, how that felt, what the particularities of your home country are and ultimately how you envisage to share your learnings with others to ease their way to Germany.

Timeline for fall scholarship 2020

  • Application Deadline: timeline will be provided in June 2020
  • Selection round 1: timeline will be provided in June 2020
  • Selection round 2: timeline will be provided in June 2020
  • Start of scholarship program: the program will officially start on December 1st, 2020.

DeGiS appreciates your application and wishes all applicants good luck for the process. Remember that it is definitely worth the application! By joining the community as soon as you are a DeGiS member you already profit from many advantages of a great network and a full set of other opportunities.

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