Development & Alumni Relations Office 


28 November 2019

Santander Universities has launched a global scholarship programme in Monchengladbach, Germany to attract top digital talent from around the world, open exclusively to graduates in the bank’s partner university network, which includes Queen’s University Belfast.

Ten outstanding individuals from around the world are being offered the chance to qualify for a full-time, paid, 6-month scholarship at Santander Germany for digital top-talents.

The six-month programme is aimed at Bachelor and Master’s graduates as well as doctoral students who’ve graduated in the fields of computer science, mathematics and business administration – and that have already gained their first programming experiences.

Successful applicants will work as part of an inspiring team of experts in various fields such as digital transformation, database marketing and IT, will implement new and innovative ideas from pilot project to commercial reality and demonstrate their skills in data science, data engineering and visual analytics.

Applicants will need:

  • PhD, Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Business Administration or a related quantitative discipline
  • Capability to identify analytical and forecasting models for provided cases
  • Experience in common coding languages like: e.g. SQL, JavaScript, Swift, Python or R, Spark, Rust, etc.
  • Experience in implementing machine learning solutions in AWS or Azure Hadoop
  • Passion for learning, facing complex data issues, programming challenges and critical deadlines
  • A letter of motivation and a current CV in English

The programme is designed for highly motivated individuals with a curious mind, who are willing to rapidly develop their career by facing various challenges.

They will participate in a structured development programme that brings together the best graduates from technical faculties, mostly focused on information systems and data science.

The beneficiaries will obtain the foundations and fundamentals of data science and a practical experience in information and data visualization in order to make the best decisions in their day-to-day businesses.

All 10 scholarship grantees will participate in HR interviews for a permanent job position at Santander Germany. A total of 5 scholarship grantees will be given the chance to join the Santander Germany team permanently.

Being part of an inspiring team of experts in different areas as Digital Transformation, Technology, Database Marketing, Santander Consumer Technology Services and HR-IT, the scholars will work at the leading edge of the banking revolution by taking new and innovative ideas from the pilot stage to commercially viable reality, by showing data science, data engineering and visual analytics skills.

During this scholarship the participants will develop a set of knowledge and experiences on the digital technologies required in any young professional career and with a wide range of levels and roles. Participants will foster and improve their data science, data engineering and visual analytics skillset.

All 10 scholarships require an advanced English level (C1) as business communication will be held in English and German. Applicants need to be postgraduates with a PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Business Administration or a related quantitative discipline.

Successful applicants can expect to discuss ideas with the business units and proof the feasibility of pilot projects, solving exciting problems to drive improvements to web traffic, conversion, engagement, and retention.

In return, the benefits include:

  • An inspiring learning-by-doing environment
  • Participation in exciting projects, where you can actively support the transformation process of Santander Germany.
  • Take part in a structured mentoring programme

The scholarship includes a monthly salary of 3.500 €. In addition, Santander covers the cost for ticket to and from Germany for this 6-month scholarship. A relocation service will support the granted scholars during all administrative processes (work permit, VISA, health insurance, etc.). The relocation service will support scholars in search for an apartment.

The employment relationship can only be entered into if a work permit and VISA (for non-EU-citizen) are granted by the (German) authorities. Please be aware that only applications will be considered from English speakers.

If you think this role will interest your students or graduates then please click here for more information: All enquiries to

For general enquiries about this item or to submit graduate news stories, please contact Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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