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The German National Scholarship (Deutschlandstipendium)

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf’s funding programme »Seizing Opportunities«, the German National Scholarship Programme at HHU, is geared towards high-performing students from all faculties. All students from the 1st semester of their Bachelor’s studies up to completion of the Master’s programme or up to the state examination can receive funding support. There are also three special quotas for students with at least one underage child, competitive athletes from the German Olympic Sports Association’s national team comprised of Olympic and Para-Olympic sport disciplines and for persons seeking advancement through education.

The basis of this programme is the ″matching″ procedure: private donors, companies or foundations provide €150 every month. The federal government subsidizes this amount with the same amount so that each scholarship recipient is supported with €300 per month.

HHU’s students, members of the donors’ circle and the ambassador for scholarships, Honorary Senator Professor Dr Hannelore Riesner, would be delighted if you want to get involved and contribute to this, too. Every scholarship counts!

Your advantages

  • Your donation will benefit scholarship recipients in the full amount
  • Your financial commitment will even be doubled
  • Your expenses are tax deductible
  • You’ll personally get to know the young people who are sponsored
  • You can freely choose the scholarship recipient’s field of specialisation
  • You have the opportunity to participate in the diverse university life
  • A secure and transparent selection procedure tested by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the criteria of performance and other special features of the curriculum vitae
  • An ideal support concept for scholarship recipients selected by the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) in the Germany-wide competition ″Accompanying the Best″
  • A broad spectrum of accompanying events as an interdisciplinary communication platform for donors and scholarship recipients

Investing in the future is worthwhile!

In October 2022, HHU will once again be awarding scholarships to our best students from all faculties under the “Seizing Opportunities” German National Scholarship programme. A special quota also enables support for students who are parents and talents from non-academic families. In our interview,

two of our donors – Professor Hannelore Riesner and Daria Walter – talk about their personal motivation for providing support, joint events and why this investment in the future also benefits them. Why not join our circle of supporters?

Back in presence: 2022 scholarship award ceremony

On April 12, 2022, donors and recipients came together in Düsseldorf's Schauspielhaus to celebrate the awarding of the scholarship. Rector Anja Steinbeck was delighted with those present to be able to celebrate together again in the presence of others in this special place after the pandemic. Ten private sponsors and foundations were honored with certificates, who have been involved in "Chancen nutzen" - the Deutschlandstipendium at HHU since its inception and have thus contributed to the success of the university's own support program. Thanks to them, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is currently the undisputed leader in NRW in terms of recruitment, with 488 Deutschlandstipendien. HHU Scholarship Ambassador and Honorary Senator Prof. Dr. Hannelore Riesner explains: "Our scholarship program is designed to have a lasting impact on students' lives. Networking is a top priority for us. In addition to their professional studies, they have the opportunity to exchange ideas across disciplines and generations, to gain experience and to develop themselves in many different ways in their interactions with the donor personalities." You can read the unabridged HHU press release here.


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