Information for students
The Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship is awarded to very good up-and-coming students from Africa (primarily from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa) who are planning to apply for a Master’s programme at Heidelberg University in Sociology, Political Science or Geography (with a focus on Geoinformatics or Human Geography) and who need help with funding their studies. Learn more about everything you need to consider when applying, on this page.
What are the requirements for an application?
You can apply for a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You are from Africa (primarily from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa)
- You have a very good command of the German language (before applicants can start their programme at Heidelberg University, the German language test for the admission to universities (DSH) must first be passed at minimum the level DSH-2).
- You are planning to start a Master‘s programme at Heidelberg University in one of the following degree programmes and are in the process of applying for the upcoming winter:
- Political Science
- Geography with a focus on Geoinformatics mit Schwerpunkt Geoinformatik oder Humangeographie
- You are among the best in your field.
- You need help with funding your studies.
- You are planning to move to Germany to study at Heidelberg University, on site, or you already live in Germany since you are currently attending a language course to acquire the required language skills.
Please note: The application for a scholarship is not an application for a study place. Therefore, please apply additionally for a study place at Heidelberg University in one of the above-mentioned study programmes.
What does the funding look like?
- The amount of the scholarship for students is 900 € per month.
- The award period is generally two semesters. An extension is possible on request and if all requirements are met (academic performance, financial hardship, availability of funds) for a maximum period of 2 semesters.
Good to know: During the support with a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship,
- the simultaneous receipt of another scholarship is not possible,
- the tax-free personal allowance may not be exeeded, in the case of income for activities,
- scholarship holders can only accept a max. 25% position for graduate assistants at Heidelberg University if there is no connection to the scholarship in terms of content and time. Please also note the previously mentioned reference to the personal allowance.
Whether the scholarship is tax-free depends on the individual case. Please make sure to contact your tax office for clarification.
Which application documents are required?
Please submit the following application documents during the application period:
- Signed application form
- Current performance records: First university diploma (original certificate) including the final grade as well as an official translation in German or English and if available, an official conversion of the diploma to the German grading system.
If your first university diploma is not available by the end of the application period, it is sufficient to submit a provisional certificate from the university confirming your academic performances, so far (ideally with a grade of all examinations, so far), that states that you expect to complete your course of study by the start of the semester following the application period. Please note that you have to submit your missing certificate by the start of the lecture period.
- Proof of application for a university place
- Curriculum vitae in table form
- Letter of motivation: if you are applying for a Master’s degree programme in Geography, there need to be a reference to Geoinformatics or Human Geography
- Recommendation letter from a university instructor in the specific field
- Proof of citizenship
- Evidence confirming your financial situation (money available each month, pay slip of the parents, own wage slips etc.)
Please note: If you are selected for a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship, the scholarship will not be paid until you submit a valid enrolment certificate.
When and how can I apply?
You can apply for a scholarship from 1 May to 15 July (update: application period extended until 31 August). Please send your application documents as one single pdf document by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You prefer sending your documents by mail? Then please send them to Heidelberg University | Division for Foundations and Assets | Department 8.2: Donor Relations and Guesthouses | Seminarstr. 2 | 69117 Heidelberg. Please note that the receipt stamp date applies.
Please note: Applications that have not been received within the application period will unfortunately not be considered for selection. Please make sure to apply separately for a degree programme at Heidelberg University.