PROMOS Study or Internship Abroad Scholarships

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Basic Information

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Birgit Thun-Vié



+49 241 80 90687



Application Deadlines

For stays at partner universities via RWTHworldwide: 

December 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020


Application Deadlines

For all other stays:

May 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020


PROMOS, a scholarship program offered by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD for short, is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It has been promoting the mobility of students abroad with scholarships for short term study since 2010.

Applications are accepted for all countries outside the Erasmus area. Switzerland is an exception: As funding through the Swiss-European Mobility Programme, known as SEMP for short, is possible here, only internships for which SEMP funding is excluded can be funded with PROMOS. Stays in countries or regions for which the Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning cannot also not be funded. Please refer to the Federal Foreign Office website for information about which countries or regions are affected. Here you can find a detailed list of countries and types of grants.

Who Can Apply?

RWTH students from any faculty who – in a country eligible for funding through PROMOS –

  • are planning a semester abroad
  • wish to finish a thesis or project
  • or wish to complete an internship

can be funded with partial scholarships for their stay from January to the end of December from DAAD funds. Doctoral candidates, with the exception of medical students, are not eligible to apply for a PROMOS scholarship; however, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers various funding opportunities for doctoral candidates, therefore you should contact them directly if you are interested in taking advantage of this.

Further Application Requirements

  • You have not received any funding from the PROMOS or Voss program so far.
  • You have already received confirmation of your stay abroad.
  • You are not receiving any other scholarships for the stay from German public funds, RWTH, the host university, or the host country. You can find more information under the Scholarship Details section below.

Scholarship Details

  • The scholarships are awarded for periods of study or research abroad lasting for one to six months; internships must last longer than six weeks. The RWTH project coordinator will first determine the number of months funded after the selection period. The funding period can range from one to six months and depends on the availability of funds.
  • A partial scholarship of at least 300 Euros per month and/or a country-specific travel stipend will be awarded. The PROMOS program is not responsible for any organizational support in planning your stay. It is solely a funding program. You may of course use one of the International Office's structured mobility programs and participate in the group advising sessions offered.
  • Internships for which internship-specific funding offered by the DAAD is already accepted cannot be funded through PROMOS. This entails: internships with international organizations, such as the UN, EU institutions, institutions and organizations that manage EU programs, Germany's missions abroad, the German Humanities Institutes, the Goethe-Instituts, the German Archaeological Institute, and German schools abroad. You can find more information on the DAAD website.
  • You may simultaneously apply for multiple scholarship programs. However you cannot accept multiple forms of financial support, for a scholarship for your stay that are funded by German public means, RWTH funds, the host university, or the host country. Double funding for a stay abroad from different RWTH scholarship programs, such as MOGAM, MIRAI, or UROP, is not allowed.
  • You may use scholarships that finance studies at RWTH and are not directly related to your planned stay, such as a Deutschland scholarship or NRW scholarship, along with the PROMOS scholarship.
  • If you receive a scholarship from any other public scholarship institution in addition to PROMOS, these institutions are to be notified of your PROMOS grant.
  • If you receive the PROMOS scholarship and BAföG for abroad, you are required to notify the BAföG office of the amount of your PROMOS scholarship.


There are different ways of applying for the scholarship, depending on whether you are applying for an International Office partner placement by August 15 or December 15 via RWTHworldwide or you are going abroad via a faculty partnership or have organized a stay yourself.

If you are applying for an RWTHworldwide partner position by August 15 or December 15 and are interested in applying for a PROMOS or Voss scholarship, please tick the relevant section for this in your application. Scholarship holders will be chosen at the same time as the selection of those who are to be nominated for a partner position. Information on the application process can be found on the page on studying abroad at RWTHworldwide.

In all other cases – such as stays abroad organized by yourself or through a faculty or institute partnership – you can apply for a PROMOS or Voss scholarship by September 1 or May 1 via this online application portal. It will open one month before each deadline. All deadlines only apply to stays that start in 2019/20 and that have not already ended by the application deadline. It is therefore not possible to retroactively fund a stay that is already over.

Please upload the following documents to your application:

  • Letter of confirmation or internship contract from the host institution. Alternatively: nomination from RWTH
  • Tabular resume
  • Evidence of proficiency in the language of your host country, for example through a language certificate such as TOEFL, and certificate from the Language Center or your Abitur certificate
  • Current transcript of records
  • For Master's students: transcript of records of your Bachelor's degree
  • Academic progress certificate
  • Other voluntary documentation, for example awards, volunteer involvement, etc.

In the online application, information about your motivation is requested.

The application documents must be submitted as one PDF file that must not be any larger than 5 megabytes. Applications must be received by the respective deadline. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


PROMOS scholarship holders are selected by a university commission in the International Office about six weeks after each application deadline.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of application
  • Academic achievements
  • Quality of project abroad, that is the process and motivation from a technical-qualitative perspective
  • Sufficient language skills
  • Motivation
  • Other qualifications

After Selection

If you are selected, you must submit the following documents:

  • Confirmation from your host institution, "certificate" of your actual stay, as soon as possible after you return
  • Two experience reports, immediately upon your return; DAAD experience report and a self-written report

After submitting the documents listed above, you can request a PROMOS scholarship certificate. For more information please contact Birgit Thun-Vié.

Students With Disabilities

PROMOS-funded students with a degree of medical disability of at least 50 percent may be able to receive a special scholarship if they can prove that they will incur greater expenses due to being abroad while not receiving any support from other responsible institutions. In this case, please submit the following paperwork in addition to your application – or, at the latest, after receiving confirmation of receiving funding

  • Copy of the Disability ID
  • Table of anticipated expenses
  • Proof that no other responsible institution is offering financial support

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

DAAD Group Insurance

The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, offers a group insurance package for students and doctoral candidates which includes health, accident, and personal liability insurance. For further information, please visit the web pages of the DAAD.

PROMOS Scholarships in Australia and New Zealand

The Institut Ranke-Heinemann awards grants for study stays in Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with PROMOS. This means that PROMOS scholarship holders receive a discount of 10 percent off their tuition fees, regardless of the university, the course of study, or the amount of PROMOS funding. You can find further information on the IRH website.