Apply for the Fintiba 2023 Scholarship

Get the chance to receive one of our awards aimed to help international students coming to Germany. This year, we at Fintiba we are curious to find out: How important is integration in Germany for you and your studies’ success, and how will you address it?

Please share your views on the importance of integration in the context of your studies in Germany. We would like to understand what are your plans for engaging with and contributing to German culture, and how do you want to approach your own integration into German society.

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Scholarship awards

International students who apply for the Fintiba Scholarship could receive one of the following awards:

1st award: € 3,000.00 (equivalent to 6 months worth of student job income: 10h / week)

2nd award: Two scholarships x € 1,500.00 (equivalent to 3 months worth of student job income: 10h / week)

Additional award: 1 year of free health insurance in Germany

Moreover, 20 of the best applicants would receive an additional bonus award from one of our partners, such as a top-ups for the Fintiba free SIM card, free access to video courses from the Fintiba Academy, or free access to German-language courses from SpeakEasy.

The monetary awards will be paid out via a one-time transfer of the total amount to the German current account of the respective  recipient. Only applicants with Fintiba Plus will be considered for the 1 year of free health insurance award. For the SIM card top-up awards, only applicants with a Fintiba SIM card from Ortel will be considered. To receive their awards, all recipients must be Fintiba customers (Basic or Plus) and upload a valid German student visa in their Fintiba account in by end of October 2023.

Who can apply?

The Fintiba Scholarship is our way to support international students coming to Germany. In order to apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your main residence is or will be in Germany by the time we announce the scholarship recipients in October 2023
  • You are a Fintiba customer (special conditions apply for the additional awards, view the “Scholarship awards” section)

How to apply? 

Please submit your application including your video answering the question: How important is integration in Germany for you and your studies’ success, and how will you address it? via the online application form below.

Video guidelines and requirements*

  • Have a creative, catchy content that reflects your ideas in response to the question above
  • Your video must contain only copyright-free content (icons, music, stock images or video, etc.)
  • Your video should be in English or German (or contain subtitles in English or German)
  • Video maximum length must be 2:00 minutes (longer submissions will be automatically disqualified)
  • Format: mp4
  • Max. file size: 500 MB

*You can check out the videos of the 2022 scholarship recipients for inspiration and to better understand the quality expectations

The application deadline is 15 September 2023. 

Evaluation process & criteria

At the end of the application period, we will go through all applications in order to select the recipients of the Fintiba 2023 Scholarship awards. The selection committee is made up of Fintiba representatives. After the final decision has been made, the scholarship recipients will be informed via email by the end of October 2023.

Here are the 3 criteria we will take into account in selecting the winning submissions:

  • Engagement & motivation (e.g. we would like to see upbeat, positive and engaging videos)
  • Creative content (e.g. we appreciate interesting and varied content with a creative concept and a good script behind)
  • Production quality (e.g. we advise that you ensure a good video and audio quality)

Previous scholarship recipients

Since 2019, the Fintiba Scholarship supports international students who turn their dream of coming to Germany into reality. We know all too well that there are many obstacles along the way of internationals to Germany and this annual Scholarship is our way to make your journey easier.

In 2022, we wanted to know “How do you intend to use your studies in Germany to alleviate global challenges and to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?” and were really impressed to receive more than 320 applications. This year we offered larger scholarship awards to four talented students. Watch their video submissions in this playlist

In 2021, we were excited to receive more than 170 great video applications. We also wanted to offer more award opportunities to not one, but seven potential recipients. We asked applicants: “What are you most looking forward to during your stay in Germany and how do you think your time here will help you reach your goals?”. Watch the video submissions of the 7 scholarship recipients in this playlist. You can also read about their stories and inspirational journeys to Germany in our “Meet the seven Fintiba 2021 Scholarship recipients” blog article.

In 2020, we were impressed to receive hundreds of deserving applications, which made our decision very challenging in selecting the final scholarship holder. The final recipient was Rida, a 26-year-old student of journalism from Pakistan. You can read more about her experiences of starting her studies in Germany during the pandemic in the “Meet Rida interview” on the Fintiba Blog.

In 2019, the Fintiba Scholarship holder was Selam Goitom for her outstanding achievements and inspiring personal life goals and dreams.