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Deutschlandstipendium TU Dortmund

Questions and Answers

All information for applicants can be found here. For subject-specific information, please contact the respective study coordinators of your faculty.

  1. Who can apply?
    All students of TU Dort­mund University can apply, including first-year students who are about to start their studies at TU Dortmund University. It is important that you are enrolled at TU Dortmund University when the scholarship starts (1 October). While international students are also eligible to apply, doctoral students are excluded from the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium.
  2. From which semester can you apply for a scholarship?
    You can apply regardless of your current semester, as long as you have not yet exceeded the standard program duration of your degree program and are expected to be enrolled in this degree program at TU Dortmund University for at least two further semesters.
  3. The Corona pandemic has delayed the progress of my studies. How does this affect the standard program duration?
    Please note: The individualized standard program duration is increased by one semester for students who are enrolled in a degree program at TU Dortmund University in the summer semester 2020, in the winter semester 2020/21 and/or in the summer semester 2021 or who are admitted to such a degree program as a cross-registered student according to Section 52 (2) North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act (Gesetz über die Hochschulen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, HG). If the individualized standard program duration has already been increased for example by one semester for the summer semester 2020, it will be increased by a further semester if the according students are also enrolled or admitted to a degree program at TU Dortmund University in the winter semester 2020/21.
  4. For which period is this scholarship granted and what is the maximum duration of the funding?
    The Deutsch­land­stipen­dium is usually ­granted from the ­winter semester onwards ­and generally for a period of at least two semesters. An extension of the ­funding period can be approved up to a ­maximum of the end of the standard program duration of a degree program and can be approved ­if you continue to ­perform­ well in your ­degree program and the funds ­for this scholarship are­ still available. 
  5. I already receive funding/scholarship from another source, can I still apply?
    You cannot apply for a Deutsch­land­stipen­dium if you already receive talent- or performance-based funding with an average of EUR 30 or more per month that falls within the targeted funding period of the Deutschlandstipendium. Please be sure to check the detailed overview on the admissibility of receiving other scholarships at the same time as the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium.
  6. Does the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium count towards BAföG?
    No, the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium is not dependent on income and does not count towards BAföG. Students can take advantage of both funding opportunities at the same time without any deductions.
  7. I am already ­supported by a ­Deutschlandstipendium at TU Dortmund University. How can I apply for further funding?
    Current scholarship holders can receive further funding. To do so, however, you must reapply and indicate in the online application portal that you are already receiving funding.
  8. When can I apply for a Deutsch­land­stipen­dium?
    The application deadlines are regularly announced here and via the faculties.
  9. My application was rejected. Can I apply again?
    Yes, you can reapply every year as long as you meet the requirements for funding of the Deutschlandstipendium. When applying for a Deutsch­land­stipen­dium, you can indicate your wish to have your applicant data stored for future application processes.


  1. How can I ­log in to the online application portal?
    You must ­first register for the online portal. There you ­can choose a password and ­receive a link to confirm your registration. Once your registration is complete, ­you can ­log in­ with the selected password and your according e-mail address.
  2. The password I have chosen keeps getting rejected during the registration process.
    Please choose a password with at least twelve characters. The password must contain
    at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one special character (!#$%&()*+,-./:;<>=?@[]^_{|}~) and one number. 
  3. I have forgotten my password for the login. How can I ­get a new password? ­
    Click on "Password forgotten" at the bottom of the registration screen and then enter your e-mail address in the respective input area. Shortly thereafter, you will receive a message with a link to change your password.
  4. I am studying a degree program to become a teacher, so to which ­faculty will my application be sent?
    Please enter the subject in the application (teaching subject, ­vocational or special education subject) which you ­would like to study in the teaching degree program. Please put your first subject into the field for the first degree program and the second subject into the field for the further degree program. Your application will initially be sent to the faculty to which your first subject respectively the first degree program belongs. 
  5. Which number of program semesters and which number of university semesters do I have to enter in my application?
    Program semesters are all semesters completed within one specific degree program (Bachelor, Master, etc.). Semesters on leave of absence are not counted. In the case of a change of degree program, the counting of program semesters starts again with the first semester. This also means that you start counting from program semester one after having changed from the Bachelor‘s to the Master’s degree program.
    On the other hand, university semesters are all semesters for which students were or are enrolled at a university within the scope of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (Grundgesetz, GG). University semesters also include periods of leave of absence. In the case of a change of a degree program, the university semesters will continue to be counted.

    Please enter the program and the university semester in which you will be starting in the winter semester 2021/2022. Example: If you are going to start your first degree program at TU Dortmund University, you will be in the first program semester and the first university semester.
  6. I do not have a German bank account yet and therefore cannot complete the application. What can I do?
    Please inform Ms. Christin Olschewsky about this via e-mail. Just enter “XXX” in the application form so that you can complete it and submit the application. If you are selected for a Deutschlandstipendium, please let us know about the German bank details once they are available to you.
  7. I encounter problems when I attempt to upload the attachments for my application. What can I do?
    Please submit attachments in PDF format only and make sure that the files do not exceed a total size of 10 MB. When using certain internet browsers, however, it can still happen that the files cannot be attached to the application despite being the correct file format and size. In such cases, please try to upload the attachments using another internet browser.
  8. Which documents do I need to include with my application?
    The online application requires information on personal circumstances as well as on the previous professional history and academic achievements. Thus, you can attach documents to your application that substantiate the information you provided and/or show a more differentiated overview of your achievements.

    This means for students that you should attach a current Transcript of Records (ToR) issued by the Central Examination Office if it is already available for you. To get this ToR, you can contact the administrator who is responsible for your degree program by e-mail. Please note that the generation of a ToR may, depending on the official stakeholders involved, take from several days to a few weeks; so do remember to announce your need of a ToR to the respective contact person as soon as possible to be able to get it in time.
    Usually this ToR will be mailed to you. Alternatively, you can also pick up the ToR on site during the regular opening hours of the Central Examination Office.

    - First-year students should include the university entrance qualification.

    - Further documents can be: Certificate(s) of a previous (university) education (such as certificates on the intermediate examination for a diploma, Bachelor’s 
       certificate, results from other intermediate examinations), certificates for special awards or honorary activities, job references/testimonials and/or
       internship certificates.

    - A certificate of enrollment is not necessary

    IMPORTANT: Please note that you must also upload all documents once more in anonymized form, so that no inference to your person is possible. This means: all personal data, such as your name, date of birth, address, student ID number (sometimes also called matriculation number), gender etc. must be blacked out. Please also note in this context that your name is listed on every page of the Transcript of Records, so do not forget to black it out on all the individual pages.
  9. What do I write in my motivational letter?
    The letter of motivation should not be longer than 1500 characters. In this letter you can elaborate on what you have achieved so far and tell more about your social commitment. You are also welcome to mention activities which you have planned for the future. You can explain why you are applying for the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium, what distinguishes you from the other applicants, what has shaped you in your life so far and in which way the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium could support you in your career plans. Of course, the motivational letter can also be written in English.
  10. How long can I edit my application?
    If preferred or necessary, your application can be entered, edited and saved in several sessions during the application period. Once you have completed the application, you can submit it online. Only after you have submitted your application, it cannot be altered anymore.
  1. What are the selection criteria for the awarding of the Deutschlandstipendium?
    The selection is based on the criteria which are stipulated by the Scholarship Program Act (Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz, StipG), so the scholarships are awarded on the basis of talent and performance. In ­addition to previous ­achievements and the personal career, it is also the social commitment, willingness to ­take on responsibility or the special social, family or personal circumstances ­resulting, for ­example, from one’s family background or ­a migration background that are to be ­taken into account.

    Performance and talent can be demonstrated as follows:

    1) For ­first-year students, by the average grade of the university entrance qualification (e.g. cumulative final grade of the Abitur) with special consideration of the individual grades relevant to the chosen field of study or the special qualification that ­entitles the student to study at T­U ­Dortmund University.

    2) For ­students who are already enrolled, ­by the achievements in their studies up to now, ­in particular the gained credit points. For Master's students, the final cumulative grade of the Bachelor's certificate is also taken into account.

    For the overall assessment of the applicant’s potential, specific consideration will be given to:
  • special achievements, awards and prizes, previous professional activities and internships,
  • extracurricular involvement or commitment such as voluntary work, community, social, university or political involvement or participation in religious societies, associations or clubs,
  • athletic commitment (competitive sports),
  • special personal or family circumstances such as:

• illnesses and disabilities,
• ­taking care of own children, ­especially as a single parent,
• ­taking care of close relatives in need of care,
• working in a family business,
• working while studying,
• family background or a migration background.

     2. How does the selection proceed and can the private sponsor assist in the selection?
          After the application deadline, your application will be forwarded to the according faculty. Based on the above-mentioned criteria, a selection is made by the
          respective selection committees of the faculty. While the sponsor can be involved in the selection process with an advisory function, the data protection
          regulations will be duly observed in this case.

     3. When will I be informed whether I have been selected as a scholarship recipient?
         After the selection process has been completed, all applicants are informed, no matter whether they have been accepted or rejected. The scholarship
         recipients will receive their scholarship notifications by e-mail. Please note that there is no separate confirmation of receipt after signing and returning the
All applicants who could not be considered will be informed by e-mail, using the e-mail address provided with their application. Please note that
         the application selection process may extend into December in some cases.


  1. How is the scholarship paid out?
    After receipt of the scholarship notification signed by the scholarship holder, the payment of the scholarship is arranged. This payment is effected monthly and in advance. If the scholarship notification is received after 1 October, the scholarship will be paid retroactively for the funding months that have elapsed up to that point of time.
  2. Will my personal data be passed on to the sponsors?
    All scholarship recipients are asked for their consent to share their contact information with their sponsor respectively sponsors. For this purpose, please sign the corresponding letter which you will receive together with your scholarship notification. If you do not consent to your data being passed on, your personal details will not be passed on to sponsors.

    However, sharing your contact details can be beneficial for you, as it allows establishing contact to potential employers at an early stage and you could gain insights into the respective industries and businesses. Additionally, some sponsors invite their scholarship holders to workshops, cultural evenings or events, networking meetings or participation in special mentoring programs.
  3. Do I have any obligations towards the sponsors?
    No, receiving the scholarship is not connected to any obligations towards the sponsors. You are not obliged to complete internships, perform as a working student or the like in the respective company or club. Regular contact between you as a scholarship holder and the sponsor is possible and desirable, however. You will receive the contact details of your sponsor with your scholarship notification. This gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to the sponsor and thank her or him.
  4. Do I have any obligations towards TU Dortmund University?
    The scholarship holders have to notify the university immediately if any changes take place in their circumstances which are relevant to the granting of the scholarship. If the circumstances make it necessary, written proof of suitability and/or performance may have to be submitted. Taking on a position as student assistant at TU Dortmund University, however, does not prevent you from receiving the Deutschlandstipendium.
  5. Is there an award ceremony?
    At the beginning of the year, a scholarship ceremony is regularly held under the motto „Sponsors meet scholarship holders“, at which the sponsorship and scholarship certificates are officially awarded. Following the official part of the ceremony, sponsors and scholarship recipients have the opportunity to get to know each other and engage in more informal exchange.


  1. What happens to the Deutsch­land­stipen­dium if I am on leave from my studies?
    During a leave of absence from studies, e.g. due to maternity leave, parental leave or ­illness, the ­scholarship­ will ­not ­be ­paid out. Once you continue your studies, the granted period will be extended by the duration of this leave of absence. If you have taken a leave of absence for a study-related ­stay abroad­ (e.g. an internship), ­you can continue to receive ­the Deutschlandstipendium during that time.
  2. Is it possible to extend the funding beyond the maximum funding period?
    Yes, it is. If the duration of the studies is extended for serious reasons, e.g., a ­disability, pregnancy, the care and upbringing of a child or a subject- and study-related stay abroad, the ­maximum funding period can ­be ­extended upon application. 
  3. When does the scholarship end?
    The funding of the scholarship is discontinued at the end of the month in which the scholarship holder has either
    - completed her or his studies successfully,
    - discontinued her or his studies,
    - changed the subject respectively degree program of her or his studies or
    - has been removed from the register of students, i.e. is no longer matriculated.

    In addition to this, the scholarship ends when the maximum duration of the scholarship (the end of the standard program duration of the respective degree program) has been reached or the academic performance no longer justifies the continuation of the scholarship.




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Anfahrt & Lageplan

Der Campus der TU Dortmund liegt in der Nähe des Autobahnkreuzes Dortmund West, wo die Sauerlandlinie A45 den Ruhrschnellweg B1/A40 kreuzt. Die Abfahrt Dortmund-Eichlinghofen auf der A45 führt zum Campus Süd, die Abfahrt Dortmund-Dorstfeld auf der A40 zum Campus-Nord. An beiden Ausfahrten ist die Universität ausgeschildert.
Für E-Autos gibt es eine Ladesäule am Campus Nord, Vogelpothsweg.

Direkt auf dem Campus Nord befindet sich die S-Bahn-Station „Dortmund Universität“. Von dort fährt die S-Bahn-Linie S1 im 15- oder 30-Minuten-Takt zum Hauptbahnhof Dortmund und in der Gegenrichtung zum Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf über Bochum, Essen und Duisburg. Außerdem ist die Universität mit den Buslinien 445, 447 und 462 zu erreichen. Eine Fahrplanauskunft findet sich auf der Homepage des Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, außerdem bieten die DSW21 einen interaktiven Liniennetzplan an.

Zu den Wahrzeichen der TU Dortmund gehört die H-Bahn. Linie 1 verkehrt im 10-Minuten-Takt zwischen Dortmund Eichlinghofen und dem Technologiezentrum über Campus Süd und Dortmund Universität S, Linie 2 pendelt im 5-Minuten-Takt zwischen Campus Nord und Campus Süd. Diese Strecke legt sie in zwei Minuten zurück.

Vom Flughafen Dortmund aus gelangt man mit dem AirportExpress innerhalb von gut 20 Minuten zum Dortmunder Hauptbahnhof und von dort mit der S-Bahn zur Universität. Ein größeres Angebot an internationalen Flugverbindungen bietet der etwa 60 Kilometer entfernte Flughafen Düsseldorf, der direkt mit der S-Bahn vom Bahnhof der Universität zu erreichen ist.

Die Einrichtungen der TU Dortmund verteilen sich auf den größeren Campus Nord und den kleineren Campus Süd. Zudem befinden sich einige Bereiche der Hochschule im angrenzenden Technologiepark. Genauere Informationen können Sie den Lageplänen entnehmen.