The Federal Government's national scholarship programme is aimed at all first-year students and students already enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's programme. Scholarships are generally awarded for a period of two semesters depending on talent and performance. In addition to previous achievements, social commitment, the willingness to assume responsibility or special social, family or personal circumstances are also taken into account. The scholarships of 300 euros are financed half by the federal government, the other half by companies, foundations, associations or private individuals. The first German scholarships were awarded by the University of Erfurt in 2012.