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Get a scholarship with a 2.5 grade point average? That is possible. Many scholarship programs also take into account the commitment and circumstances of (future) students. Some foundations also focus on different groups of students, such as students studying to become teachers or students from non-academic families, and provide support for stays abroad or bridging financial gaps.

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Applying for a scholarship is worthwhile if students have clarified exactly whether they are eligible for it. TU Dortmund University supports students and future students of the TU Dortmund University in many ways. The TU magazine KURT reported in its February issue about support offers and application strategies.

Scholarships provide financial and non-material support. The financial support enables students to concentrate on their studies, their university or non-university commitments. It can range from 100 euros per month to funding similar to the BAföG rate plus a 300-euro flat-rate tuition allowance per month. Unlike BAföG, scholarships do not have to be repaid; moreover, scholarships of up to 300 euros per month do not count toward BAföG.

The non-material support can include various offers for professional and interdisciplinary development and strengthening:

  • an expansion of one's own horizons through seminars, coaching, educational trips, etc., as well as intensive contact with committed students from different disciplines
  • support in the realization of own project ideas
  • networking with other motivated students at the university location and nationwide
  • personal contact persons at the foundation or the university who can give advice on the course of studies
  • contact with mentors who are already established in the professional field the scholarship holders are aiming for
  • A plus in applications for jobs or further funding.

Larger foundations combine financial and non-material support. Smaller foundations provide primarily financial support, but some also provide only non-material support. The financial support is a great relief in the planning of studies, but the idealistic support pays off in many cases to an even greater extent in the long term.

Those interested in scholarships can find further advantages on the website of Stipendienkultur Ruhr (German only).

Scholarships are awarded by organizations for the promotion of gifted students, foundations, universities and private companies. Many of these scholarship providers often define their requirements for future scholarship recipients only very globally as high-performing, motivated and committed. And not without reason: Achievements as well as commitment in, outside and before the studies are increasingly taken into account by the foundations in the life context of the applicants. In addition, sponsors can set their own priorities in the weighting of performance and commitment: It is possible, for example, for applicants with a mediocre grade point average to be included in the grant because they are very involved in volunteer work or because life circumstances precluded other achievements. Those interested in scholarships can find out what counts as commitment on the website of Stipendienkultur Ruhr (German only).

Donors can also consider specific groups of students, such as prospective journalists or teachers, students interested in business, needy students, students with disabilities, a professional or an immigrant background, membership in a religious group, and so on. Prospective students and students of TU Dortmund University are cordially invited to clarify in a personal consultation at the Central Student Advisory Service whether and if so which scholarship might suit you.

The application process

Students and prospective students can apply for many scholarship programs themselves. However, there are also programs for which they have to be nominated, e.g. by the school, a professor, the examination office or religious dignitaries. The more benefits students receive as part of the scholarship, the more involved the application process. Most scholarship programs offered by major academic foundations have two application deadlines per year. Smaller foundations, on the other hand, award scholarships only at one point in the year or on an ongoing basis. For the majority of the larger scholarship programs, students can apply before they begin their studies, while some are aimed exclusively at Master's students.

More detailed information on the application process can be found on the website of Stipendienkultur Ruhr.

Strategies for the application
  • Clarify exactly who is a particularly good fit for the foundation, for example, by analyzing the foundation pages, profiles of scholarship holders, or - if possible - by contacting the scholarship ambassadors of the foundations.
  • Also, check the application procedures.
  • If you are considered for more than one fellowship, do not send a one-size-fits-all application, but refer to the respective fellowship in your application documents.
  • Create a timeline for yourself, especially if multiple reviews need to be obtained, and start your application early.
  • Get feedback on the application materials.
  • The selection process itself takes several months, especially for the larger fellowship works. For smaller foundations, the selection process is usually much more expeditious, but you should include other forms of student funding in your planning.

Applying for a scholarship is worthwhile if students have clarified exactly whether they are eligible for it. The Central Student Advisory Service of TU Dortmund University supports students and future students in many ways.

How do scholarships promote personal and professional futures? Who can apply?

How does the application process work and which scholarship is right for whom?

The series of events "Durchstarten mit Stipendien" (Starting out with scholarships) offers interested parties the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about the many scholarship opportunities. Experts provide advice on all aspects of finding and applying for scholarships.

The series of events is aimed at students and prospective students as well as internal and external multipliers.

Please note that this series of events is offered in German only.

More information can be found on the website of the digital event series "Durchstarten mit Stipendien".

Link to the website.

Moodle course "Getting started with scholarships".

If no events on scholarships are currently available or if students want to find out about scholarships independently, TU Dortmund University offers its students a Moodle course about Scholarships. There you will find information on all aspects of scholarship search and application, overviews with scholarships and much more. Prospective students or students with questions about the course room should contact the scholarship advisory service: stipendienberatungtu-dortmundde.

The contents of the Moodle course are offered exclusively in German.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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