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Scholarships and Awards

A large number of scholarship programs support students or doctoral candidates during their studies or final theses. The foundations apply different criteria - it is not always just a matter of top grades and support for the most talented. In addition to performance, the commitment and circumstances of students are also taken into account.

You can find an overview of the different scholarship programs as well as information about counseling and application on the page of the The scholarship advisory team of TU Dortmund University.

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On this page we would like to draw your attention to scholarship programs and contests that are especially relevant for students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Good luck with your application!


The Deutschlandstipendium supports talented and high-achieving students. The scholarship holders are supported with 300 euros per month. The Deutschlandstipendium is aimed at all bachelor's and master's students at TU Dortmund University. First-year students can also apply for the funding.

When to apply?

August 15 - September 15 of each year

Who can apply?

  • freshmen
  • enrolled students
  • current scholarship holders (continuation of scholarship)

How to apply?

Only online (The application portal will be activated as of August 15)


The Graduate School of Logistics (GSofLog) offers purely externally funded doctoral training. The companies provide the scholarship holders with the financial basis to work on their doctorate for three years without any worries.

Particularly talented, highly motivated graduates in logistics and its related disciplines (mechanical engineering, computer science, engineering and economics) are supported.

Information on how to apply and current calls for applications can be found on the website of the Graduate School of Logistics


TheMartin-Schmeißer-Stiftung established on the initiative of the City of Dortmund and donors from Dortmund's business community, is a foundation for the promotion of international academic relations at TU Dortmund University. Scholarships can be awarded to Bachelor's and Master's students whose work requires a research stay of at least two months abroad. The total funding amounts to a maximum of Euro 1,500. Double funding is excluded. Interested students - and international students in particular - can submit their applications to the Foundation by February 15 / September 15, 2022. is an online scholarship and career network for the top 10 percent of pupils, students and doctoral candidates. cooperates with more than 500 partners, including the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Foundation of German Business, University of Hamburg, University of Cologne, BMW, Bosch or DIE ZEIT.

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for on an ongoing basis by submitting their resume including grades.

Contests & Awards

start2grow offers opportunities for digital or technological business ideas from the higher education sector. Students, research assistants and professors have the potential to become prize winners in the start2grow 2022 start-up competition.

The start2grow 2022 start-up competition is aimed at teams with technological or digital ideas for innovative products or services. There are cash prizes worth a total of 84,000 euros for the best business plans.

In addition, start2grow:

  • Free coaching and mentoring
  • Contacts to business and capital
  • Events for networking, learning and celebrating

TheDeutsche Studienpreis annually honors the best German doctoral students from all disciplines. In addition to academic excellence, what counts most is the specific social significance of the research contributions: The young scientists are encouraged to highlight the social value of their own research achievements and to engage in a public debate about them.

The Körber Foundation provides annual prizes worth a total of more than 100,000 euros for the German Study Prize, which is awarded in three academic sections. In each of the three subject groups - in the social sciences, the natural and technical sciences, and the humanities and cultural studies - one top prize of 25,000 euros and two second prizes of 5,000 euros each are awarded.