In 2015 the German University Foundation DUS launched the Welcome scholarship programme for students at German higher education institutions who are refugees. It is based on a unique concept: on-site teaching staff mentor students in a one-on-one approach in the candidates’ respective subject areas. The DUS acts as a mediator between the teaching staff and the students. In addition, the scholarship offers workshops (on time- and learning management skills, how to put together a presentation, rhetoric or business etiquette), coachings, networking opportunities, potential analyses, specialist meetings and symposia and a budget for study-related costs and tech equipment to promote the students’ academic success and facilitate their access to the German labour market.
Applicants are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at a German institution of higher education, colleges of art or music (humanities, economic sciences or STEM disciplines), and have not yet completed their 2nd semester.