Please note: No new scholarship holders will be admitted for the 2015/2016 academic year.
Making a success of integration
For integration to be a success, access to language acquisition and education as well as the world of work has to be made easier for young people from immigrant backgrounds. An extensive school and academic education is a prerequisite for a socially productive life. However, the socio-political reality in Germany is different. The close correlation between social background and educational attainment has now been proved sufficiently. Compared with other countries, the support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and from migrant families is considerably worse in Germany. Almost one-fifth of the German population has a background of immigration, but students with a history of migration are still under-represented at German universities. This means that huge potential is not being used in the absence of appropriate support.
Opening up opportunities
The Vodafone Germany Foundation wishes to open up new educational opportunities for young people from immigrant families who wish to live and work in Germany. With its Vodafone Grant programme (orig.: Vodafone Chancen), since the winter semester of 2006/2007 it has offered a scholarship programme for students with a history of migration at selected, renowned universities. The Vodafone Grant scholarship is awarded to those embarking on their studies (in the first semester) for a bachelor's or equivalent first degree at one of the partner universities.
Integration must be desirable
The programme pursues the goal of enabling talented young people from migrant backgrounds to follow a degree course suited to their abilities. In this way, the foundation aims to pave the way for exemplary migration careers and – thanks to their status as role models – to give young people from immigrant families courage, self-confidence and strength, thus contributing to a constructive and contemporary integration policy.
The Vodafone Grant scholarship is awarded to those embarking on their studies (in the first semester) for a bachelor's or equivalent first degree at one of the partner universities.
The scholarship encompasses financial and non-material support.
Scholarship holders receive a fixed monthly allowance (irrespective of the university and subject studied) of EUR 1,000 (in the UK: EUR 1,500).
The individual support comprises the following elements:
- Educational seminars
- Educational trips
- Support in arranging internships
- Mentoring to accompany studies
- Admission to the network of scholarship holders
- Admission to the alumni network
- Support for social responsibility
As part of an engagement with ROCK YOUR LIFE! or an equivalent project, scholarship holders are given the opportunity to act as educational ambassadors in making a valuable social contribution to the successful integration of young people from socially disadvantaged environments.