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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Max Weber-Program is based on the Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG). The complete name of this form of student support is: "Max Weber-Program of the Free State of Bavaria for the support of the highly-gifted according to the Bavarian Elite Support Act".

General Questions

 

Questions from Pupils and University Students

 

Questions from Businesspeople

 

Additional Questions

If you have any further questions on the Max Weber-Program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us:

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Max Weber-Programm
Ahrstraße 41, 53175 Bonn
Tel.: 0228 82096-0
e-mail: mwp(at)studienstiftung.de

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General Questions

What is the Max Weber-Program?

The Max Weber-Program is aimed at highly-gifted students at universities in Bavaria. The renowned Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) is in charge of designing and organizing the program. The program is based on the Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG). The complete name of this form of student support is: "Max Weber-Program of the Free State of Bavaria for the support of the highly-gifted according to the Bavarian Elite Support Act".

What are the aims of the Max Weber-Program?

The Max Weber-Program offers academic assistance together with character building elements. It organizes events where students expand their knowledge in their respective field of study and where they delve into interdisciplinary dialogue with other people. As an add-on to their university studies, the events provide a special scientific program for the scholarship holders. The academic events are complemented by job-related events. Mentors at the Bavarian universities give individual support; they also enable the scholarship holders to become involved in research at an early stage and to gain insight into other fields of excellence. There are also events for all the scholarship holders from all Bavarian universities and they focus on building up networks among the members of the Max Weber-Program. In order to promote the scholarship holders’ international outlook and mindset, they are entitled to financial aid for studies or projects abroad. Every member of the program receives a semester allowance of 1290 Euros for personal, education-oriented activities.

Questions from Pupils and University Students

How can I apply for the Max Weber-Program? 

High-school graduates as well as university students may be admitted to the Max Weber-Program. High-school graduates need to pass their university entrance exam (“Abitur” or “Fachabitur”) with a grade of at least 1.30. The head of the respective high-school will then have to propose the candidate for admission to the so-called “MB-Prüfung”, the exam for the highly gifted at the Secondary School Board. If the candidates pass this exam successfully and if there are enough places available (200 per year), all the successful candidates will be admitted to the Max Weber-Program. For the high-school graduates of the year 2014 onwards, there are slightly stricter prerequisites for the admission to the “MB-Prüfung”, e.g. there are a number of subjects in which the candidates have to achieve a certain number of credit points such as German, maths, a foreign language etc. Candidates from Bavarian technical and vocational high-schools (e.g. FOS/BOS) are also required to achieve – among other things – an average grade of at least 1.30 in the university entrance qualification (for details please follow this link). For further information on the selection process at secondary school level please follow this link.
Students at Bavarian universities of above-average performance are eligible for admission to the Max Weber-Program too, if they have been recommended for the program by a university teacher. From the third semester of their studies onwards, students at Bavarian universities can apply for a scholarship of the Max Weber-Program on their own initiative. For further information on the selection process at university level please follow this link.

Can I apply for the Max Weber-Program even if I haven’t taken my university entrance exams in Bavaria?

Students who have not taken their university entrance exams in Bavaria can also become part of the Max Weber-Program via the university selection process. It is crucial, however, to be enrolled at a Bavarian university when entering the Max Weber-Program (1st April).

Can I apply for a scholarship of the Max Weber-Program as well as for a scholarship of one of organizations for the promotion of young talent (“Begabtenförderungswerke”)?

Scholarship holders of the Max Weber-Program are allowed to receive student support from other scholarship programs such as the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”). However, the semester allowance of 1290 Euros for personal, education-oriented activities will not be disbursed if the scholarship holders receive similar financial benefits from other programs. Please note that some organizations for the promotion of young talent (“Begabtenförderungswerke”) do not allow a simultaneous sponsorship by two institutions.

Can I apply for a scholarship of the Max Weber-Program as well as for a “Germany Scholarship” („Deutschlandstipendium“)? 

According to §4 of the Scholarship Program Act (Stipendienprogramm-Gesetz) of July 2010, it is generally not possible to receive support both from the Max Weber-Program (or another comparable support program) and the "Deutschlandstipendium".


Questions from Businesspeople

How can entrepreneurs profit from the Max Weber-Program?

The Max Weber-Program brings forth excellently trained young university students and graduates who are distinguished not only by their outstanding academic qualifications but also by strengths in the field of soft skills. For this reason the graduates of the Elite Network of Bavaria are highly sought-after on the job market.