Application for SBW Berlin Scholarship is currently on going to supports young people from abroad who come from financially disadvantaged family backgrounds and use the skills they acquired during their studies in Germany to boost long term non-profit projects, preferably in their home countries.
We award our scholarships for bachelor’s and master’s programs at a university or special university of applied sciences in Berlin and Potsdam based on the student’s academic qualifications, personal aptitude, and Apply: SBW Berlin Scholarship for youth 2022-2023
social needs. In general, all scientific and artistic disciplines can be funded.
Who can apply for SBW Berlin Scholarship?
- Foreign nationals, whose home countries appear to have a particular need for development
- Homeless foreigners
- Recognized refugees2
- Holders of a settlement permit
- Holders of an EU long-term residence permit
- Students from EU and EEA countries who have already worked in Germany in an activity
- related to their studies, before taking up their studies
- Students from EU/EEA countries with permanent right of residence as defined by the
- Freedom of Movement Act (Freizügigkeitsgesetz EU)
Students whose studies in Germany are already being funded by another scholarship are not
SBW Berlin Scholarship Eligibility
An exception to this rule is assistance under the Federal Education Assistance Act (BAFöG). Inthis case, the amount of the scholarship is adjusted according to the BAFöG allowance.
Note: We believe that this applies particularly to many countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America due to
their current economic and/or social situation.
SBW Berlin Scholarship Application requirements
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- between 18 and 30 years old
- professional or volunteer experience in the non-profit sector
- strong intention to work in their country of origin for at least 18 months after graduation3
- able to prove a relatively low net income4
- no first-degree family members who reside permanently in Germany
- able to prove that they have not stayed in Germany for more than 18 months before the
- average grades corresponding to a German grade point average of at least 2.0
- application before the start of their university education or fully enrolled in the first, second or max. third semester at a state-recognized university (in Germany or abroad) or application for a master’s degree shortly before or after obtaining a bachelor’s degree Applicants who do not meet all the requirements stated above cannot be considered.
SBW Berlin Scholarship application Deadlines and application documents
The application deadlines end on December 31 and June 30 of each year.
Application documents can only be submitted between November 15th to December 31st and May 15th to June 30th of each year.
The final decision whether a scholarship (starting the following semester) will be granted can be expected at the beginning of February respectively and the beginning of August of each year.
Application document for SBW Berlin Scholarship
Only complete applications can be considered. Applicants must submit at least the following
- application form (fillable PDF or online form)
- letter of motivation (one or two pages long)
- current curriculum vitae
- information about the net household income
- copy of the last school or university certificate that shows the grade point average and a grade overview
- copy of the highest academic degree (high school diploma or university certificate) that
- shows the grade point average and a grade overview
- If available, copies of the following documents should also be included:
- qualification for university entrance
- admission to the university in Berlin or Potsdam where you intend to study (or are already studying)
- internationally recognized language certificate for the language in which your studies will be taught
- all previous work, training, apprenticeship and internship certificates and references
- all already obtained university certificates and records of achievements (graded and ungraded)
- We recommend all applicants to submit the following additional documents, which are not
- one or two letters of recommendation from professors, schoolteachers, employers, etc.
- evidence of the net household income9
The application and all enclosed certificates and supporting documents must be submitted in German or English. If the original document was issued in another language, we also ask for a translation into German or English. Non-certified copies and translations are sufficient for the application. If the applicant successfully passes the selection process, certified copies of some of those documents will be required during the verification process.
The following criteria are decisive for the selection of future scholarship recipients:
In need of assistance are all applicants who meet the requirements of § 1 BAföG (German Federal Education Assistance Act). The individual amount of funding will depend on the personal circumstances of each applicant.
Applicants whose household income does not exceed the average income officially stated for their country of origin are also deemed in need of assistance. The income of all household members and all sources of income of the family will be considered (e.g., wages, income from entrepreneurial activities, property income, child benefit or pensions).