If a student wins a scholarship (like the german DAAD scholarship, for example), does his chance for admission at an University to pursue a Masters degree increase?

Let's say he fulfilled all of the requirements for admission. On top of that, he won a scholarship that fully funds his studies. Would he be given advantage over other candidates that applied for the same MSc program?

  • Not sure why you deleted your other DAAD question. // Please don't pay any mind to what that participant said about how it was elementary to realize you should prepare for such a question. I find certain news topics too depressing to follow or think about. Also, sometimes you need to focus 100% on your studies. Additionally, sometimes family matters are wholly absorbing. Etc. // If the DAAD folks are such jerks as to take political opinions into account in these decisions, they don't deserve to get any students. But I think that question was ... Jan 20, 2018 at 4:52
  • ... icing on the cake. They can't have been stupid enough to use that answer as the basis for a decision (unless your field were political science). // I wish you would undelete the question. I would really like to know if what they did is allowed in the German system. Jan 20, 2018 at 4:53
  • @aparente001 Thanks for the positive feedback; I agree completely. It is allowed I guess, since it shows that you are well rounded individual with opinions about different topics. And no, my chosen studies are not in political science; but in natural sciences. Question undeleted, greetings.
    – escplat12
    Jan 20, 2018 at 11:40
  • Thanks for restoring the other question. Jan 20, 2018 at 17:17

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It very much depends on the admissions system. If the system is based (almost) strictly on grades (the way the German system largely is determined), then having a scholarship doesn't help with admissions. This is also the case if there are minimal tuition and registration fees associated with admission.

In the US, though, funding is a much more important issue in admissions. Students with their own funding source definitely have an advantage over other students of comparable quality, since they cost less money, and thereby can be admitted when other students can't. However, a student who has a scholarship but might not be a good fit for the department might not be admitted.

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