Sorry to hear about the rejection, but thanks for the update. Just out of curiosity, did the DAAD state they that could only award 1/2 of the scholarships as compared to last year, or is that speculation.
Also, to avoid confusion, may I propose that we include the program we applied for, which DAAD office we correspond to, and the status on our portals in each of our posts? I figure it could help faster understand where other people are in the application process. It could look something like this:
Study Scholarship, DAAD NY, portal status: selection made.