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Apply for a Deutschlandstipendium

Every year at the end of the summer semester, the Cologne University of Music and Dance announces Deutschlandstipendien among students who are or will be enrolled at the beginning of the award period, with effect from the respective winter semester. The Deutschlandstipendium is intended to provide a reliable additional source of funding, initially for a period of one year, to selected, particularly talented and committed students who, in addition to excellent academic performance, have also assumed social responsibility and/or successfully overcome obstacles in their own life and educational path.
Further information: https://www.deutschlandstipendium.de/ 

The application period ended on August 31, 2022.

Contact: deutschlandstipendium(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de

First-year students or students already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program or a master's degree program with at least two semesters of study remaining, who are enrolled as first-time students at HfMT Cologne or who are already enrolled.

The amount of the Deutschlandstipendium is € 3,600.00 per year, which is paid out in installments of € 300.00 per month, with € 150.00 coming from private sponsors and € 150.00 from federal public funds.

  •  The scholarship is awarded primarily on the basis of the applicant's performance and talent. For students who are already enrolled, the previous study and examination achievements are taken into account, in particular the ECTS points achieved or the results of an intermediate examination; for students on a Master's course, the final grade of the previous course is also taken into account; for first-year students, the results achieved in the aptitude test are taken into account, with particular consideration of the main artistic subject.

  • Special successes, awards and prizes, especially in the context of competitions; participation in master classes; a previous professional activity and internships.

  • Extracurricular or out-of-class engagement such as voluntary work, social, university or political commitment or involvement in religious societies, associations and clubs and special personal or family circumstances such as illnesses, disabilities, caring for one's own children, especially as a single parent, gainful employment during studies, family origin or a migration background may be decisive for support.

The Deutschlandstipendium will not be awarded if the applicant already receives material support based on talent and performance.

The fulfillment of the above criteria is a prerequisite for admission. HfMT Cologne has developed a multi-stage selection process to select the most suitable applicants, whereby all applications are assessed individually.

Is a multiple application possible?
No, only one application is valid. The first application sent will be considered. Multiple applications will not be considered.

Is it possible to change data of a sent application?
During the application period you can change data and information in the already sent application.

Is it possible to submit documents later?
You can submit documents later during the application period.
Only complete applications including a signed declaration of participation will be considered. Incomplete applications and/or applications not submitted by the deadline cannot be considered.

Is it possible to temporarily save an application?
Yes, you can buffer and interrupt the application process at any time within the application period. After the application period has expired, no more data can be processed.

Can I save a copy of my application?
After submitting, you can download and save the PDF file of your application and print the PDF application for yourself if necessary.

General information:

When applying online (in the portal), please always read the "further notes/fill-in instructions" under the respective fields!

Only complete applications including a signed declaration of participation will be considered. Incomplete applications and/or applications not submitted by the deadline cannot be considered.

  • The German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) is the oldest and largest foundation for the promotion of gifted students in the Federal Republic of Germany. According to its statutes, it promotes "the higher education of young people whose high academic or artistic talent and personality give rise to expectations of special achievements in the service of the general public". Scholarship holders are selected and supported independently of political, ideological and religious guidelines. Information can be found at www.studienstiftung.de. At the Cologne University of Music and Dance, Prof. Christian Wetzel is the contact person and trusted lecturer for the German National Academic Foundation. 
     
  • Study and doctoral support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Every year, the Heinrich Böll Foundation sponsors around 1400 students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines and nationalities, both in universities and in technical colleges/universities in Germany. We expect our scholarship holders to have outstanding academic or scientific achievements, social commitment and political interest as well as an active engagement with the foundation's core values: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. Information can be found at www.boell.de/studienwerk
     
  • Educational Guidance Guarantee Fund Higher Education the Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V. works in close coordination with the Educational Counseling Guarantee Fund Higher Education. The educational counselors provide support in questions of school and professional integration. Together with those seeking advice, they plan the commencement or continuation of university studies or entry into academic employment. They check the eligibility requirements according to the guidelines "Garantiefonds Hochschulbereich" of the BMFSFJ and forward the applications to the Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V. for financial support. The educational counseling service also supervises and advises GF-H participants during the funded measures. Information can be found at https://www.bildungsberatung-gfh.de/wde/kontakt/kontakt-zur-bildungsberatung.php
     
  • Federal Association of German Foundations (with keyword search: "music")
     
  • Stipendium Plus

There are also funding opportunities through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). These support you in projects that you want to realize abroad or support you as a foreign student in your final thesis. If you have any questions about funding opportunities, please contact the Service Office for International Affairs international-office(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de.

The aim of the scholarship program is to promote the mobility of students at German universities. Furthermore, it is intended to give students whose plans do not fit into any other scholarship program the chance to realize their stay abroad.The Cologne University of Music and Dance uses these funds, which are provided by the DAAD, to support the following scholarships abroad:

  • Language courses (3 weeks to 6 months)
  • Specialized courses or summer courses (up to 6 weeks)
  • Study trips including competition trips (up to 12 days)

Prerequisite

  • Very good performance

Duration of funding

  • Max. 6 months

Application deadline

  • 15.03. of each year

The aim of the graduation scholarship is to give foreign students who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own the opportunity to complete their studies in a focused manner. The graduation scholarship is aimed at all foreign students who have achieved good academic results and will graduate within the current university year. Here, financial support is granted for a maximum of six months and paid for the last semester of your studies (graduation at the end of the summer semester: April - September).

The selection is based on the following criteria

  • personal circumstances, in particular proof of hardship through no fault of your own
  • completion of studies in the current academic year
  • motivation
  • academic performance.

Please submit the following application materials:

  • Application form 
  • Letter of motivation
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from the main subject teacher
  • details of income and expenses, both in tabular form and corresponding supporting documents
  • transcript of records as well as proof that you are registered for the final examination. 

You can get all the information directly from the DAAD.

 

Students may receive BAföG in order to finance their studies, if their own financial resources and those of their parents or their life partners are inadequate.

Another possibility to finance your studies may be a part-time job. You'll find numerous working opportunities in Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week, without having to pay social security contributions.
But, international students have to consider some more important points before getting started with a part-time job. You will find the necessary information hier.
In search of a part-time job you may get help here:

Besides the online job advertisements you can also have a look at the notice board near the canteen or the glass boards of the different departments and institutes. Jobs as student/research assistants (studentische Hilfskräfte/SHK) in the service bureau, support bureau or library are often offered.  

There are also lots of music schools in Cologne looking for teachers.

Start Live is an artist agency founded by students of the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Center for International Arts Management Cologne (CIAM), where you can be referred for performances by entering your name in a file.