Scholarships for Refugees

Information on scholarships for refugees can be found here:

Lis Dagny Ohlsen

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.56
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3826

End-Of-Study Scholarship

Studierende lernen (Image: Thilo Schmülgen/TH Köln)

Particularly qualified international students can apply for an end-of-study scholarship if they expect to graduate within 12 months. The Department of International Affairs awards these scholarships through funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Foreign Office.

The main goal of the end-of-study scholarship is to provide financial support to international students during the preparation of their final thesis, so that they can fully concentrate on their final degree. International students who have achieved very good or good grades and who are in the final phase of their studies are eligible to apply.

Who can apply for an end-of-study scholarship?

We accept applications from students:

  • who are foreign nationals with foreign educational qualifications,
  • who are enrolled at TH Köln with the aim to obtain a university degree,
  • who are in financial need,
  • who are in the final stage of their degree program and and who, based on their previously achieved grades, are very likely to graduate within 12 months,
  • who live in Germany during the time of writing their final thesis.

We cannot accept applications from students:

  • who are enrolled as exchange students or students of German language courses,
  • who are enrolled in one of the following study programs: Applied Media Education - The Use of New Media and Games in Youth Work, Behavioral Ethics, Economics and Psychology, Gender & Queer Studies, Insurance Law, Insurance Management, Library and Information Sciences, Taxation, Web Science.
  • who (also) have the German nationality, or have obtained their higher education entrance qualification in Germany,
  • who are currently recipients of full or partial scholarships from the DAAD or full scholarships of other organizations,
  • who are studying or doing an internship abroad during the scholarship period,
  • who are recognized refugees in Germany. Please apply for an NRW-scholarship.

Deadlines

The application deadlines are:

  • 15 December (earliest start date of the funding: 01 March)
  • 15 June (earliest start date of the funding: 01 September).

The payment of the scholarships is subject to the provision of funds by the DAAD and the Federal Foreign Office.

Value and duration of the end-of-study scholarship

  • up to 450 € per month; (single-parent students up to 861 € per month)
  • The scholarships start at the earliest on 01 March or on 01 August of each year.
  • up to 6 months (the scholarship cannot be extended)

You can apply for both the Bachelor and the Master thesis.

You must prove, based on the credits you have already earned and the credits that you will be earning, that your graduation can be expected within the next 12 months. 

The end-of-study scholarship ends no later than the month of the last exam / colloquium or the submission of the final thesis.

Application Documents for the end-of-study scholarship

To apply, please submit the following documents via email:

  • completed application form,
  • letter of motivation: please also explain why you have a special need,
  • letter of recommendation from a supervisor (see infobox),
  • CV,
  • proof of financing of studies (The bank statements of the last 3 months. Copies of employment contracts/scholarship agreements, if applicable),
  • proof of social/intercultural/voluntary commitment, which you have done during your studies at TH Köln, if available,
  • current transcript of records with indication of the average grade, (print-out from PSSO),
  • list of not completed modules/exams with estimated completion date (may be written by yourself),
  • copy of the thesis registration from the examination office, if available,
  • current certificate of enrollment at TH Köln,
  • copy of your residence permit,
  • copy of the page of your passport with your personal information.

Please contact Ms. Ohlsen at the Department of International Affairs, if you have any questions about the end-of-study scholarship or wish to make an application.

Please submit the required application documents in a maximum of 2 PDFs to:

TH Köln
Department of International Affairs
Lis Ohlsen
E-mail: lis.ohlsen@th-koeln.de
Tel: +49 221 8275 3826

Selection Process

Please understand that we can only consider complete applications. Students of Bachelor and Master programs taught in English may submit their application documents in English. We kindly ask all other students to apply in German.

The selection committee consists of representatives of the Department of International Affairs of TH Köln. A decision will be made on the basis of the application documents. Selection criteria inlcude: the probability of graduating soon, financial need as well as good academic performance and voluntary committment.

As the number of end-of-study scholarships is limited, there is no guarantee for receiving a scholarship.

The payment of the scholarships is subject to the provision of funds by the DAAD and the Federal Foreign Office.

Sponsored by Logo DAAD

the German Academic Exchange Service

with funding of Logo AA englisch für Visitenkarte

the German Federal Foreign Office

Scholarships for Refugees

Information on scholarships for refugees can be found here:

Lis Dagny Ohlsen

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.56
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3826


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