The voting is open: In the last few days we received numerous applications for this year’s scholarship program “Study Abroad with a child” and now the jury has made a decision: Young people from all over the world have proved themselves as organizational talents as they have decided to study abroad despite having a child.

Along the lines of “diversity enriches the education infrastructure” it’s not about the best grades or the most demanding course – it’s about the desire to further your education with a child at your side, it’ about the courage to take this big step abroad and it comes to strength of personality.

If you are mastering this double burden in everyday life, you can not only be incredibly proud of yourself, but with a little luck you will be sponsored by Mawista for a period of 12 months with 500 Euros a month!

Each of the candidates is extraordinary and courageous – after all studying abroad with a child is a great challenge. Nevertheless, the best candidates had to be selected and we are pleased to present them to you now!

The winner of the scholarship is determined using a public vote.
Would you like to participate in the vote and have a say in who wins our scholarship? Then you will gain an insight into the individual stories of the participants in the following.

We encourage you to read the excerpts of the applications carefully, as everyone can only cast one vote. All necessary information about the finalists are located at the bottom of this page.

Daniel Binte

As an early school leaver in the penultimate year of secondary school and after a service as a military diver in the German army for several years, I wanted to upgrade my education.

I caught up on my A-levels attending the evening school while working by day. I achieved a final grade of 1,4. This offered me the chance to study medicine.

In autumn this year I will complete an internship in an emergency room in Cape Town. I receive a government grant, have a clinical side job and became a father during my studies. I would be very grateful for your help.


Mara Erlenmaier

Combining political activism, university studies and children is a real challenge.

Now I want to make matters worse by planning my own research project for my Master thesis in Brazil. And, of course, I want my daughters to join me on this journey.

Going abroad to do research with two kids is a logistical challenge, but at the moment everything is still dependent on my (lack of) funding. Even though there are many scholarships, it seems almost impossible to fund a semester abroad with kids and outside of Europe.

The Mawista scholarship could allow me to continue my academic and activist engagement and allow me to take advantage of the same opportunities my childless fellow students get.


Marie Loescher

As a young mother of two, it isn’t easy keeping up in a competitive field like the natural sciences.

Despite my pregnancy at 18 years old, I did not want to let go of my dream of becoming a neuroscientist. I found my ideal master program in France, my mother’s country, which I deeply wish to get to know.

Your support would enable me to go there and concentrate on the two most important things in my life: My children, and neuroscience.


Rodrigo Catão

I have recently started my masters degree at GISMA Business School in Berlin. Among my peers I am an outlier.

I am 32 years old and came to Germany with my wife and my little daughter Maria Antonia. It has been a huge cultural shock for them but adaptation will come as long as we make an effort to integrate the German culture.

I believe that Mawista scholarship will help me to give my wife and my daughter educational support towards german language studies and for that, help them to adapt faster in Germany.


Please note that in case of double voting we will remove all your votes from the poll. So on behalf of all applicants we kindly ask you to vote only once.

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