Promoting Young Talents for Our Future
As part of its programs to promote young talents, the Ernst Schering Foundation has been participating in the “Germany Scholarship” program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since April 2012. The Foundation awards scholarships to students in the arts, humanities and cultural studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University (HU Berlin) as well as two to students in the life sciences at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The Ernst Schering Foundation puts particular emphasis on the fact that the students are also interested in the arts or the sciences outside their own discipline. In order to further strengthen the interdisciplinary dialogue, the scholarship recipients will become members of the Ernst Schering Foundation’s fellows and alumni networks.
With its Germany Scholarship, the BMBF in April 2011 launched a new nation-wide program to promote talented and high-achieving students. Outstanding students at German universities will receive a stipend of €300/month. The scholarship will be awarded by the universities and is designed to support and strengthen gifted and high-achieving students. It is co-financed by private sponsors and the federal government according to the “matching funds” principle: private sponsors pay €150/month, and the federal government doubles this amount. The scholarship is not related to income and is designed to supplement the students’ basic income so that they can focus even more successfully on their studies and achieve top results for Germany’s future.
In the medium term, up to 8 percent of all students (approx 160,000 students) at German universities are to benefit from this new alliance between private and public sponsorship. The definition of what constitutes high achievement is deliberately broad: it includes good grades and academic achievements, but also the willingness to assume responsibility or the successful overcoming of obstacles in one’s life or educational career.
Award procedure and additional information
HU Berlin: Mariana Bulaty
General information on the Germany Scholarship is also available at the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.