Max Weber Programme of the Free State of Bavaria

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    The Max Weber Programme is intended for highly-talented students enrolled at universities in Bavaria. On the one hand, students can, under certain circumstances, directly enter the programme after gaining their Abitur school-leaving certificate; in such cases the student is nominated for the programme. Alternatively, personal application is also possible as from the 3rd academic semester. After successful application, participants receive the scholarship during their undergraduate studies and in the following consecutive Master's programme. This includes a flat-rate education allowance of 480 euros per semester plus numerous additional study-integrated measures. All in all, 400 scholarship holders per year are accepted. The students are selected via the German National Academic Foundation.

    Eligibility

    Formal prerequisites for the application

    • Enrolment at a Bavarian university*

    • Citizenship of a member state of the European Union (exceptions possible)

    • Students must not be older than 23 when entering the Max Weber-Program (exceptions possible)

    * When entering the Max Weber-Program, students are required to study for at least another two semesters until the completion of their respective study course (according to the course’s standard period of study)

    Who is the Max Weber-Program looking for?

    Applicants are expected to excel in academics and to show commitment to various causes; they are to show creative intelligence, communicative and social competence and the willingness to accept responsibility.

    These criteria are the guidelines along which the candidates are examined in a selection seminar. This seminar consists of two one-on-one interviews (a general interview and one with an expert in the candidates’ field of study) and of several group meetings where members of the group take turns giving short presentations and chairing the discussions.

    Benefits

    • lump-sum stipend for educational purposes of EUR 900 per semester
    • funding of study projects abroad
    • comprehensive educational programme with seminars and events
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