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Elin Petersson

Elin Petersson

Team International Degree-Seeking Students

  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 2-4
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2149

Scholarships "NRWege ins Studium"

Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten (Image: Thilo Schmülgen/ TH Köln)

Particularly qualified students with a refugee background can apply for the scholarships listed below. The Department of International Affairs awards these scholarships with funds from the program "NRWege ins Studium" financed by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The aim of the scholarships is to provide financial support to qualified students with a refugee background during the introductory phase of their studies, as well as during their studies and in the final phase of their studies, so that they can concentrate on their studies.

Who can apply for a scholarship?

Students with a refugee background who have achieved very good or good results (in language/course preparation and/or in their studies) and who are in a full-time course of study at TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences are eligible to apply.

The receipt of state benefits (e.g. BAföG) as well as the receipt of scholarships from public funds must be stated with the application and will be offset against the scholarship.

You may apply several times for a scholarship.

If you have any questions about the scholarships and on how to apply, please contact Ms. Petersson at the Department of International Affairs.

+ List of residence titles - refugee status, which entitle you to apply for a scholarship

  • Individuals with a BÜMA/Ankunftsnachweis proof of arrival (asylum application registration prior to submission of the application under §63a AsylG)

  • Asylum seekers (ongoing procedure – Aufenthaltsgestattung temporary residency permit under §55 AsylG)

  • Tolerated individuals (temporary suspension of deportation – tolerated stay under §60a AufenthG)

  • Individuals entitled to asylum under Art. 16a GG/1951 Refugee Convention (residency under §25 para. 1 AufenthG)

  • Recognized refugees under §3 AsylG (residency under §25 para. 2 sentence 1/1. AufenthG)

  • Individuals entitled to subsidiary protection under §4 AsylG (residency under §25 para. 2 sentence 1/2. AufenthG)

  • Individuals with protection against deportation under §60 para. 5 and 7 AufenthG (residency under §25 para.3 AufenthG)

  • Individuals with residency status under §22 sentences 1 and 2, §23 para. 1, 2 and 4, §24 and §25 para. 5 AufenthG

  • Relatives (parents, children, spouses) of recognized refugees they followed, refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention and beneficiaries to subsidiary protection may have access to the free procedure if they can provide the residency permit of the original beneficiary (the first relative to enter the country) under §29 para. 2, §30, §31, §32, §34 para. 1 and 2 and §36 AufenthG

  • Individuals with settlement permit under § 26 Abs. 3 AufenthG

There are three scholarship programs:

  • Study-Entry-Scholarship (SES)
  • Study-Scholarship (SST)
  • End-of-Study Scholarship (SAS)
Allocation for the 1st semester as of the 2nd semester for the last 1-2 semesters, preparation of the final thesis
Duration max. 6 months max. 36 months max. 12 months
Funding 300 - 861€ per month 300 - 861€ per month 300 - 400€ per month
Application deadline

Summer semester:

1 Jan. - 1 Mar.

Winter semester:

1 July - 1 Sept.

Summer semester:

1 Dec. - 15 Feb.

Winter semester:

15 June - 15 Aug.

Summer semester:

1 Dec. - 15 Feb.

Winter semester:

15 June - 15 Aug.

Selection process Within 4 weeks after the application deadline Within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline Within 6-8 weeks after the application deadline

An application for the respective scholarship program is only possible during the periods indicated in the table above (application deadline). For example, if you would like to apply for the Study Scholarship (SST) in the summer semester, you can do so from 15 December to 15 February at the latest. Please refrain from applying outside these periods. You can, of course, contact us at any time with questions about the scholarship program.

The NRWege scholarships can be awarded until the end of the project on December 31st, 2022.
This means that all grants will end on this date at the latest.

Application documents

Students of English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees may submit their application documents in English. All other applicants have to submit their application documents in German.

Please submit the following documents per Email in order to apply for the scholarship programs:

  • fully completed online application form
  • proof of a refugee's background - copy of your passport/ID card and residence permit with your personal details (simple copy of refugee status - passport/ID card)
  • Letter of admission to a course of study at TH Köln or certificate of enrolment at TH Köln (must be submitted by March 15th for the summer semester and by September 15th for the winter semester)
  • proof of academic achievements: current grade sheet with average grades or, in the case of the Study-Entry Scholarship: proof of achievements in prepatory language courses/ integration courses, etc.
  • proof of language proficiency (language certificates from language courses preparing for or accompanying your studies)
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • BAföG: notification of receipt or rejection - must be submitted by the end of the application period
  • Letter of Recommendation/ review from a teacher (must be sent directly to Ms. Petersson by the teacher)
  • listing of your financial needs and bank statements for the last three months
  • when applicable, proof of receipt of state benefits and/or public funds or scholarships
  • optional: proof of extra-curricular knowledge and social commitment
  • optional: proof of a counseling interview with the Zentrale Studienberatung (Student Counselling Department) for the choice of study program

Additionally for the End-of-Study-Scholarship:

  • Certificate of course of study for scholarships (issued by the Student and Examination Office; contains information on the ECTS credits already obtained and the general course of study as well as the expected completion of the course)
  • if available: copy of the registration of the final thesis at the examination office

If you have any questions about the scholarships and how to apply, please contact Ms. Petersson in the Department of International Affairs.

Please submit the application with all documents per Email (maximum of 2 PDF files) to


TH Köln

Department of International Affairs
Elin Petersson

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2149

Selection Process

Only complete applications will be admitted to the selection process. A decision will be made on the basis of the documents submitted. Selection criteria include good academic performance, motivation, financial need and the likelihood of academic success.

It is planned to carry out the selection for the award of the scholarship in addition to the filing by means of a personal interview/ discussion via zoom.

There is no entitlement to a grant.

What happens after I have been accepted for the scholarship?

While receiving the scholarship, you commit to regularly submit evidence of the success of your studies (e.g. in the form of a Transcript of Records).

Furthermore, you are expected to actively participate in the regular scholarship meetings and to use the internal communication platform.

Participation in the certificate program "Sprache, Studium, Berufseinstieg" is recommended for scholarship holders of the Study-Entry-Scholarship, and obligatory for scholarship holders of the Study / and the End-of-Study Scholarship for a part of the offered workshops. For further information on the program and individual consultation, please contact Dr. Mirjam Berg.

Dr. Mirjam Berg

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-4261

When your scholarship funding period is over, you are required to submit a final report. You will receive more information about this in the scholarship meetings and on the internal communication platform.
A scholarship certificate will be issued to you about the receipt of the scholarship after the end of the scholarship.

Tax Identification Number and Tax Office

When applying for an NRWege scholarship, you must indicate your Tax Identification Number (IdNr) and the tax office responsible for you.
If you do not know or have not yet received this information, please proceed as follows:

Tax Identification Number (IdNr)

Contact the citizen service of the city/municipality in which you are registered. There you can apply for your IdNr and receive all necessary information.
Alternatively, you can also apply for the IdNr at the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

Tax Office

If you are unsure, which tax office is responsible for you in North Rhine-Westphalia, you can check this here [only available in German].

Supported by Logo DAAD

German Academic Exchange Service

Funded by Logo des MKW

the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW