Your path to Software Campus

Up to 100 outstanding masters’ students and doctoral students are accepted to the Software Campus program every year. Successful candidates are given the opportunity to realize and manage their own IT-specific ideas. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF – funds every IT project with grants of up to 100,000 Euros for a maximum term of two years. Furthermore, participants get the unique opportunity of advancing their personal and professional development with the support of a mentor who usually is a successful senior executive employed by the industry partner. In special training sessions, Software Campus provides target-driven teaching of methodology and leadership skills as well as social skills. The first-rate network of contacts to the worlds of industry and science opens up new professional career paths to all participants.

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Application Process

First you have to sign in at the online application platform. It contains a Wiki with all necessary information for applicants. Please submit all requested documents online. Moreover, on the platform you will find a list of IT ideas you can choose from if you do not have an own IT idea. If you have submitted all documents, you have to send them. Deadline is April 16th. 

Selection Process

After April 16th the partners review all applications and select the most promising candidates, that will be invited to the Selection Symposium taking place from May 20th till May 22th, 2015. There the candidates have to win over HR experts from the industry partners. Afterwards our academic partners evaluate the academic qualification of the successful candidates again.

Matching with Industry Partners

Every Software Campus participant cooperates with an academic and an industry partner. If contacts exist already, cooperations will be finalized in that phase. If the candidate has not found a partner yet, Software Campus' Management-Partner EIT ICT Labs Germany will support candidates and partners to find the right match.


Finally, the Steering Comitee of Software Campus decides on the admission of candidates. Successful candidates will receive an email in fall and an official letter of admission. 

What are the prerequisites for application?

Software Campus seeks masters’ students and doctoral students enrolled in computer science programs from both Germany and abroad with outstanding academic track records and an innovative entrepreneurial spirit. Masters’ students and doctoral students enrolled in related disciplines are equally invited. It is mandatory, however, that an applicant‘s masters’ thesis or doctoral thesis is supervised by one of Software Campus’ partner universities. 

Application prerequisites at a glance:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and interest in executive management roles
  • Enrolment in a masters‘ program or doctoral program either in computer science or in a or computer-science related discipline 
  • Personal innovative IT project idea or an interest in our partners’ IT ideas 
  • Good command of the German language; German nationality is not mandatory

What should your IT idea look like?

Your IT idea should address an innovative topic and include the following elements:

  • Core message (500 characters max.)
  • Objective, research questions and novelty of the project (4,000 characters max.)
  • Integration into Software Campus (1,000 characters max.)
  • Implementation approach/methodology and final results anticipated (2,500 characters max.)
  • Project milestone schedule (simple Gantt chart)
  • Categories
  • Key terms

Our partners’ project ideas

If you do not yet have an IT idea of your own, you will find our partners’ detailed suggestions for topics in the Applications Platform; you are invited to enhance the suggestions in collaboration with the companies.

Which documents do you need to submit?

  • Highlights of your application (highlighting the application’s most important aspects at the applicant’s discretion)
  • The topic of your doctoral thesis or masters‘ thesis (if already available)
  • Letter of motivation (300 words max.)
  • Curriculum vitae in table form
  • Overview of the academic credits achieved
  • Letter of recommendation by at least one professor 
  • Additional transcripts or diplomas (optional)
  • Additional letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Certificate of enrolment or certificate of employment by an academic institution (optional)
  • Documentary evidence of scholarships received (optional)
  • Documentary evidence of academic awards and publications (optional)
  • Academic publications (optional)