FAQs - End-of-Study-Scholarships

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the end-of-study-scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for you here.

+ Do I count as a foreign national with foreign educational qualifications?

Foreign nationals with foreign educational qualifications are international students who have obtained their higher education entrance qualification

  • at a school abroad,
  • a foreign school in Germany or
  • at a German school abroad

or who supplemented their foreign higher education entrance qualification with a German Studienkolleg.

+ I am a PhD-student. May I apply?

No. Our call for applications is aimed exclusively at international degree-seeking students. If you have any questions regarding funding, please contact the Graduate Center.

+ I am an exchange student. May I apply?

No. Our call for applications is directed exclusively at international degree-seeking students who are completing their entire studies at the TH Köln.

+ I am in my first semester. May I apply?

No. Our call for applications is directed exclusively at international degree-seeking students who are in the final phase of their studies and whose previous academic achievements indicate that a qualified degree will be achieved in a maximum of two semesters.

+ I have to go abroad for my final thesis. May I apply?

No. For this scholarship, you must be in Germany during the final phase.

If you are working on your thesis in the EU, you can apply for an Erasmus scholarship.

You can apply to PROMOS for stays outside the EU to prepare dissertations.

+ I (also) have the German citizenship. May I apply?

If, in addition to your foreign nationality, you also have the German citizenship or you only have the German nationality, you are not considered a foreign student - even if you completed your school education abroad. That is why you cannot apply for this scholarship.

+ Which application deadline is the right one for me?

Please apply as early as necessary, but as late as possible.

This means for you: If you plan to officially start your thesis in the months September to December (i.e. with registration at the Examination Office), then please apply for a scholarship on August 15.

If you would like to start your thesis in June to August, please apply by May 15.

If you would like to start your thesis from February to May, please apply by January 15.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to start your funding in January. If you are planning to start you thesis in January, please apply by January 15th in order to receive funding from February onwards.

+ I have already applied in the last round, but I did not receive a scholarship. Unfortunately, my degree had to be delayed. May I reapply?

Yes.

+ I have already received a scholarship for my Bachelor thesis. Now I am about to start my Master thesis. May I apply for a scholarship?

Yes.

+ I already receive a scholarship from another institution. May I apply?

No. If you already receive a scholarship from another institution, you are unfortunately not allowed to apply for an end-of-study-scholarship.

+ Who may write my letter of recommendation?

The letter of recommendation may be written by a lecturer of TH Köln.

The academic title of the lecturer is not important. The letter of recommendation should not be older than 3 months.

+ How high would the monthly scholarship rate be?

You will receive EUR 400 per month if you are not a single parent.

+ For how long can I get the scholarship?

You may receive the scholarship for a maximum of 6 months.

The duration of the scholarship is calculated according to the length of your thesis.

The scholarship begins with the official start date of your thesis and ends with the official end of your thesis. If your thesis includes a colloquium, it may be part of your final paper. Please contact us.

+ I have a part-time job. Do I have to hand in my notice if I receive a scholarship?

You may - in addition to your scholarship - earn EUR 450 pre-tax.

If you earn more than EUR 450 pre-tax, your scholarship will be reduced by the amount that you earn too much.

Example: You earn EUR 600 pre-tax per month. That means you earn EUR 150 too much. Your scholarship would then have to be reduced by EUR 150. You would only receive EUR 250 instead of EUR 400 scholarship.

If you earn more than EUR 600 pre-tax per month, you cannot receive a scholarship.

+ I am a single parent. How high would my scholarship rate be?

If you are a single parent, you can get a monthly scholarship of EUR 750 (Bachelor students) or EUR 850 (Master students).

If you work part-time, you can earn in addition to the scholarship EUR 450 pre-tax.

If you earn more than EUR 450 pre-tax, your scholarship will be reduced by the amount you earn too much.

Example Bachelor: You earn EUR 700 pre-tax per month. That means you earn EUR 250 too much. Your scholarship for a Bachelor thesis would be reduced by EUR 250. You would receive a scholarship of EUR 500.

If you earn more than EUR 950 pre-tax per month, you cannot receive a scholarship.

Example Master: You earn EUR 800 pre-tax per month. That means you earn EUR 350 too much. Your scholarship for a Master thesis would be reduced by EUR 350. You would receive a scholarship of EUR 500.

If you earn more than EUR 1050 pre-tax per month, you cannot receive a scholarship.

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