Help to save the environment together with MAWISTA

Create a better world. We want to support you in the realisation of your plan and your efforts to save the environment. Find out more here about our financing programme for sustainable development.

Promoting sustainability

Ways we support you in your efforts to save the environment

MAWISTA arranges individual health insurance for students living abroad. We aim to do more than simply protecting the health of students during their studies – we aim to also actively support students in their sustainability projects around the world. We plan to support numerous projects around the world in the coming year to create a better world.

Our new financing programme is a startup help for innovative project ideas and support for ongoing sustainability projects that contribute internationally to sustainable development in the areas of environmental protection, climate protection and green construction.

Please note: We have discontinued this scholarship and offer you a Deutschlandstipendium for this purpose!

Key facts at a glance:

Terms and conditions for receiving a grant

Projects eligible for a grant


The application for the project grant is open to students who wish to save, or are already saving,the environment with their projects around the world. We support projects that have already started as well as projects that need some help starting out. We even support promising sustainability project ideas.

Our grant is aimed at projects with a relevant and current connection to the global sustainability targets that contribute to sustainable development. We will support your projects anywhere in the world. Each individual project is entitled to a one-off grant covering a period of one calendar year.

The most important answers

Questions around the grant

Relevant topics

The spectrum of sustainability

We support and accompany your project for one year and present your project results on our communication platforms. Our grant programme supports the various aspects of sustainability:

Selection process

How to apply


You submit your applicatio

If you are interested, submit your application by 30 November 2023.


Jury selects the finalists

Our jury selects five finalists from all applications by 15 December 2023.


The winner is announced

One winner is selected by public vote from 1 to 15 February 2024.

3 steps to receiving your grant

Application and selection process

All applications must be submitted in German, in accordance with the specifications below, on the official application form and by the deadline. Please answer the questions in the project requirements section when completing your application.

The MAWISTA experts assess your application for the feasibility and benefit of the project. No individual details will be disclosed regarding the selection process and decisions.

What to include in your application

Your application should provide us with a comprehensive idea about your project. At the same time, however, please stick to essentials only. The dossier should not exceed 8 pages. Please include the following information in your application:

  • Presentation of the project team and cooperating university or college, if applicable
  • Written description of your ideas and project targets
  • Video introducing the players and applicant
  • For existing projects, photos of the current status and previous results
Required format

The written introduction, including team introduction, and concept brief must be uploaded as a PDF file. The introduction video and photos can be in any format of your choice.

Project requirements

Our experts assess if applicants should receive support on the basis of the following questions:

Is the project likely to contribute to sustainable development?

  • What relation and relevance to current happenings does the topic have?
  • Can the candidate show a convincing understanding of sustainability?
  • What is the potential of the project or project idea?
  • Wie hoch ist die Praxisrelevanz?

How practical is the project or project idea?

  • How good is the quality of the grant application?
  • Does the applicant have clear project ideas and targets?
  • Are the budget and timetable realistic?
  • What are the expected project results?

Is the applicant qualified to implement the project that has been presented?

  • What expertise of the topic does the applicant have?
  • Does the applicant cooperate with a university or college?

Is the project innovative?

  • Does the project apply a new approach?
  • Is the project idea original?

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  • Application form

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    Applying is easy. Complete the form and upload your dossier, including your introduction video.

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    Now what

    You have won?

    We will give you the first 1.000€ at the beginning of your project so that you get off to great start.

    Your project, which we are financially supporting, is to be regarded as an example which we wish to communicate through our various channels. Once every trimester, you will provide us with documents about your project that are suitable for this purpose.


    Alle Every 4 months you will provide us with information on the current status in the form of:

    Reporting and communication

    We mentor you during your project
    You will submit one report every 4 month with the following details:

    We will support you financially during the implementation of your project for a period of one year. You will keep us updated with regular reports and provide us with material for sharing your work with the world.

    The supported projects will be published on our website and shared on social media channels. By participating, you assign MAWISTA the right to exploit the photo, video and text material.


    Want to find out more?
    Is proof of the use of funds required?

    At the end of a trimester, we reserve the right to request a report on how the funds for the supported projects have been used for the intended purpose. You will provide us with the invoices and receipts.

    We may request for you to repay the grant if you fail to provide proof that the funds have been used as intended.

    You will have to repay the funds granted by us if they have not been used for the implementation of the project or the project is discontinued.

    Which projects are not eligible for a grant?

    We do not support completed projects and pure infrastructure projects (e.g. solar energy systems).

    What are the deadlines?

    Applications must be submitted by 15 January 2021. The projects must start no later than mid-2021.

    Do I have to state that I have received a grant?

    You are welcome to refer to the MAWISTA grant as part of the press and PR activities for your supported project. However, this is not mandatory. You can use our logo in publications (flyers, posters, etc.) and social media posts for this purpose. We will be pleased to provide you with the files for this.

    Which expenses are eligible for a grant?

    We assume the costs for actual expenses up to a maximum amount of EUR 1,000 per trimester and project. This includes external services and travel expenses. The grant should be used mindfully and specifically for the realisation of the project. When purchasing goods and selecting external service providers, please ensure that the materials and services are sustainable.

    You can, and are in fact encouraged to, co-finance your project with your own funds and/or other financing sources.

    Was passiert, wenn ich mich nicht an die Vorgaben halte?
    Solltest du dich während der Projektförderung nicht an die von uns gestellten Vorgaben zur Berichtserstattung halten oder stark vom Zeit-, Kosten- oder Projektplan abweichen, behalten wir uns das Recht vor, die Förderung deines Projektes zu beenden, die finanzielle Unterstützung einzustellen und bereits bewilligte Fördermittel zurückzufordern.