With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The aim of the program is to establish and build on new relationships with foreign universities and intensify existing contacts for the long term. In a project which is part of BWS plus an option is available to grant a scholarship when an official partnership agreement does not already exist. Funding can be applied for to assist with various endeavours, such as pilot projects for joint measures, including preparatory talks, workshops, intercultural training, language courses and more. The aim of each project should be to continue the links as part of the "normal" Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students programme after the project period has expired.
The minimum application level is 10,000 euros and the maximum 50,000 euros each year. Applications may also be submitted for projects of longer than a year, up to a maximum duration of three years. Cross-university applications from two or more universities are also possible. In the previous tendering rounds from 2011 to 2018, so far 75 projects have been implemented.