German Scholarships Programme – application guidelines

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Read this information carefully before applying and be aware that, in addition to the online application form, we also require:

  • a reference from your teacher
  • a copy of a recent, marked piece of written work
  • your essay

More information on how to submit these can be found in the section ‘What do I do once I’ve filled in the online application form?’ below.

  • What should I do before applying for the German Scholarships Programme?
    • Read all of the information about the programme and what we expect from participants.
    • Make sure you are able to fully commit to the programme for the required period of time.
    • Have a look at reports from previous participants.
    • Ensure that your teacher and parents are aware of your intention to apply and fully support your application.
    • Refer your teachers and parents to the information about health and safety on the programme.
  • How do I fill in the online application form?
    • Make a note of your unique reference number. This will be needed for your teacher reference and if you contact us.
    • Complete all sections of the application form. (Compulsory fields are marked with an asterisk.)
    • All questions are in German. Always give your answers in German (except for official names and titles (e.g. your school name) which need to be provided in the native language).
    • The section ‘Information for host families’ will not be considered as part of the selection process but it is required to best match up pupils with host families. Please provide as much information as possible.
    • Remember to save your answers regularly, as well as after completing each section. (If you are inactive for approximately 15 minutes, you will be automatically logged out.)
    • At the end of your application, you will be able to view, save and print out a summary of your completed application.
    • Please check your application carefully, as you will not be able to make any changes once you’ve submitted the form. Please print your application and keep a copy for your records.
    • The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020 at midnight, and no applications submitted after this point will be accepted.
  • What should I do if I need technical support or have any questions about the online application form?

    If you require any technical support or have any questions regarding the application form, please send an email to or call us on 020 7824 1570.

    Please indicate the programme you are applying for, include your unique reference number and give as much information about the problem as possible.

  • What do I do once I've filled in the online application form?
    • Send us your essay as a Word document along with a scan of a recent, marked piece of written work as email attachments to and mention your name and unique reference number in the email subject line.
    • Provide your teacher with this web (or print the reference page out for them) and give them your unique reference number so that they can send us your teacher reference.
    • Please note that your application will only be complete once we have received your online application form, your essay, your piece of recent, marked written work and your teacher’s reference by the deadline of midnight of 1 March 2020, at the latest.
    • After you’ve submitted your online application, you will receive an automatic email from us confirming submission. Once all supporting documents have been received and checked, you will receive a second confirmation email. After the deadline has passed, we will assess your complete application and we will be in touch again in early April to notify you of the outcome of your application.
  • What should I do if I wish to withdraw my application?

    If you wish to withdraw your application after submitting it, please send an email to