Questions and Answers Regarding the Education Fund
General Information About the Scholarship Program
Who can apply?
Eligible to apply are students already enrolled at RWTH Aachen University as well as new first-year students.The application phase runs from May 27 to July 19, 2020.
Can I apply if I am an international student?
Yes, if you are enrolled at RWTH Aachen University or are currently applying for admission as a regular full-time student at RWTH, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
I am enrolled in a graduate or a second degree program (Aufbaustudium/Zweitstudium). Can I apply?
Yes, a second degree or supplementary degree, a Master's degree or a part-time or dual study program are also eligible.
I am a doctoral candidate. Can I apply?
What are the official guidelines for the Deutschlandstipendium?
You can download and read a PDF of the Official Guidelines for the Deutschlandstipendium (de), albeit in German, here.
I will exceed the prescribed period of study during the funding period. Is this relevant?
Yes, this is relevant. In order to be eligible, you must be on track to complete your studies within the normal length of the program during entire funding period, that is during winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021. The maximum funding period can only be extended by one semester, and only upon request, in cases where there are serious reasons for exceeding the standard period of study.
Requests must be submitted before the application period ends. We will only consider requests that we have received by June 30, 2020. Please use the following form when submitting your request.
Does the increase in the standard study duration enacted in summer semester 2020 due to the corona pandemic also apply to applications for the 2020/21 funding period?
Yes, the individual standard length of study will be increased by one semester for all students enrolled at RWTH in summer semester 2020. This regulation also applies to students on leave of absence. This also applies regarding applications for the 2020/21 funding period of the RWTH Education Fund. Please note that you still have to be within the (newly) valid standard length of study of your sponsored degree program during the entire funding period, i.e. in both winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021.
I am enrolled at another university. Can I apply?
No. Application is only possible for enrolled RWTH Aachen students.
What does funding include?
The scholarship amount depends on the respective scholarship program. The Deutschlandstipendium and Henry Ford Scholarship include financial support of 300 euros monthly. The Porsche IT Scholarship is 356 euros per month. In addition, RWTH Aachen in partnership with the donors, offers a non-monetary framework program.
I am planning a leave of absence for the duration of one semester during the scholarship period. Can I apply?
There is generally no provision for support during a leave of absence during the funding period. Only in well-founded exceptional cases may applications be made for funding during leaves of absence in a semester. These include instances of students wishing to complete subject-related stays abroad or internships (at home and abroad) that serve the study objective.
Subject area-related stays abroad include internships that serve the study objective, a course of study at a foreign university or language school, or a stay abroad as part of an exchange program of at least four months each. At least 50 percent of the study abroad period must fall within the semester of leave.
Please submit your application to the education fund team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is October 30 for the winter semester and April 30 for the summer semester. Please specify which subjects or technical skills you will be pursuing or acquiring and explain how the semester will help you progress in your studies. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Please use the following form to apply. Please only submit the form if you have actually been approved for a scholarship and not during the application process.
I am planning to complete an internship during the funding period. Can this be funded?
Yes. If you are taking a leave of absence from your studies for the duration of the internship, please submit an application for funding despite a leave of absence.
The application must be submitted by October 30 (for the winter semester) or April 30 (for the summer semester) by e-mail to email@example.com in order to be considered for the relevant semester. Please attach a copy of the internship agreement including information on the duration and the location of the internship. Furthermore, please explain how the internship helps you progress in your studies. If the internship is mandatory for your course of study, please also attach the relevant section from the module handbook. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
For your application, please use the following form.
I will only still be in the standard period of study in the winter semester - or I will complete my studies as scheduled at the end of the current winter semester. Can I apply for a scholarship?
In this case you can only receive funding through the Education Fund if you complete your Bachelor's degree in the winter semester and then continue with the follow-up Master's course of study in the summer semester.
Otherwise funding cannot be granted, as the scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and it is a prerequisite for funding that you are enrolled for at least two more semesters in the standard period of study of your sponsored degree program at RWTH Aachen.
I am terminating my studies during the funding period. What do I need to do?
In this case, please send us an email. You are required to immediately inform us once you have terminated your studies. Your scholarship will discontinue at the end of the month in which you terminated your studies.
Please note that if you do not inform us in time, you may be required to pay back the scholarship for months that should not have been funded.
Combinations with Other Funding Programs
I am already receiving a scholarship from an organization, promoting gifted students. Am I eligible to apply?
That depends on the type of support and on the funding amount you are receiving. If you receive skills or performance based support materials, amounting to 30 euros per month or more on average, you cannot receive a Germany Scholarship.
If you receive funding from one of the following institutions, you are also not eligible to apply:
- Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft
- Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
- Ernst-Ludwig-Ehrlich-Stiftung e.V.
- Evangelisches Studienwerk Haus Villigst
- Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Please note that this rule only applies if you receive financial support. Purely non-material support is allowed.
Please also make note of the most current BMBF announcement on this topic.
Can I apply if I simultaneously receive a DAAD scholarship during the funding period?
According to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, partial scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD for short, can be arranged with the Germany Scholarship. They align with the goal of mobility funding and supporting the internationalization of courses of study. Combinations are possible with the following scholarships:
- Bachelor Plus
- e-fellows.net Scholarship
- ERASMUS Scholarship
- Go East
- Short term scholarships for internships abroad
- Regierungsrat Paul-Meyer-Stiftung
- Deutsche Sporthilfe
- Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein
More information on double funding (de)
I am planning on completing a double Master abroad with the TIME program. Is the TIME program compatible with the Education Fund?
Yes, the TIME program is compatible with funding from the Education Fund.
I am planning on completing a double Master's at Tsinghua. Is the double Master's program compatible with the Education Fund?
Yes, the double Master's at Tsinghua University is compatible with funding from the Education Fund. Please note that an additional DAAD scholarship for this stay abroad is not compatible with funding from the Education Fund. Please contact us if this pertains to you.
I receive a BAFöG allowance. Does this affect the amount of a Education Fund scholarship?
Non-taxable merit-based scholarships are permitted up to an average of 300 euros per month. All scholarships exceeding this average monthly amount are included in BAFöG calculations.
General Online Application Information
What documents do I need for the online application?
Please fill out the online aplication and upload the following application documents:
- University entrance certificate or school diploma
- Bachelor diploma (only for applicants in a Master's degree program); international applicants must submit proof of their average final grade. Corresponding documentation from the home university is acceptable.
- Academic record/transcript with grades. For RWTH students a printout from CAMPUS Office or RWTHonline is acceptable.
- Certificates/documents providing evidence of internships and work experience, as well as extracurricular activities and other skills
Letter of admission for studies at RWTH Aachen University if you are from abroad and are not yet enrolled at RWTH at the time of application.
The application documents must be submitted in one PDF file with a maximum size of 5 MB.
Can I be funded after the first year?
Yes, but you must reapply. Note in the online application that you were funded the previous year through the Education Fund.
I am completing my Bachelor's studies at RWTH Aachen in winter semester 2020/2021 and will begin my Master's studies at RWTH Aachen in summer semester 2021. Can I apply in June?
Yes, it is possible to apply and be continuously funded. Apply in June using the online form. In order to receive funding during the first Master's semester, that is during summer semester 2021, you must re-submit the online application in February 2021. This application process is exclusively open to Germany scholarship grantholders.
What grades are requested in the online application?
Please only enter your average grade and the ECTS points you acquired in winter semester 2019/2020. Credits from summer semester 2020 are not included in the evaluation. The cut-off date is March 31, 2020.
Is there a selection period for the summer semester too?
No. Scholarships are only awarded annually each winter semeter.
Is a minimum GPA required to apply?
There is no official required GPA. Applications are ranked each application period and the cut off grade can thus vary from year to year.
For this reason, we cannot provide any GPA values for guidance. We encourage students to submit their applications regardless of their GPA.
Is it possible to find out whether one is ranked in the top 20 percent of students before submitting an application?
No, unfortunately that is not possible.
I just obtained my University Entrance Qualification (Abitur, A-levels, or equivalent) and will commence my studies at RWTH Aachen in the winter term 2020/2021. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. Please use the application period from May 27 to July 19, 2020 for prospective students.
If your application is successful, you will have to submit an RWTH Aachen enrollment certificate at a later stage.
My Abitur certificate was not issued at the time of application. Can I still apply?
Yes. Please send us your certificate as soon as you have received it.
I am a student at RWTH Aachen and would like to change my course of study in the next semester. Am I eligible to apply? What form do I need to fill out?
Yes, please make a note of the change in your online application.
I applied before an Education Fund scholarship before but was rejected. Can I apply again?
I am studying a two-subject Bachelor's/Master's, a second subject, or am a teacher training student. Which subject will be considered during the selection process?
In this case, you should pick, with which subject you wish to apply for a scholarship. Only the subject you provide will be considered during the selection process. You list additional subjects in the field "Studienlaufbahn." Please note that only one application per person is accepted.
During my last Bachelor's semester during winter semester 2019/20, I completed Master's modules early. How should I include the Master's modules in my application?
Please add the entered ECTS points for the Master's modules from winter semester 2019/20 to the Bachelor's ECTS points and enter them in the field "Gesamtzahl der ECTS-Punkte einschließlich WS 2019/2020." When you are asked to enter your average grade, enter the average grade for your Bachelor's studies. If this not yet final, enter your average Bachelor's grade from winter semester 2019/20.
Problems Completing the Online Application Form
The pdf document won't upload. What do I do?
This may be due to a poor conversion of the documents. In this case, we ask you to please re-convert your application, for example using the PDF-Blender program to pdf form and re-upload them in a single pdf.
If you still have difficulties uploading the document, try with a different browser or computer.
I forgot something while filling out my application or want to modify my application. What do I do?
Please complete the form once again as if you've never applied for this funding period. In this case, don't use the log in information you already received. We will only take the most recent of your applications into consideration.
The form started to load very slowly or not at all as I entered my responses in the free text field. What's the problem?
This can happen if you copy and paste your answers from an external document. Make sure that you are not accidentally copying any invisible special characters or symbols in the format. In the past, problems like this have occured, for example, when applicants used "Pages" on Apple devices.
How do I know whether I successfully submitted my application with all the attachments?
Once we have received your application, we will send a confirmation email, including your application number and a short summary of your entries in the free-text fields. Please keep this email until the scholarship selection process is complete. Please note that the application number is necessary for future reference.
If you have not received this confirmation email, please contact us immediately so we can check whether the application was received.
Am I expected to pay back my scholarship after I have completed my studies?
Are there any scholarship conditions and requirements defined, such as by the sponsors?
No. The Germany Scholarship is awarded by the RWTH Education Fund without any mandatory provisions from the sponsors. However, we do invite recipients and sponsors to establish contact with one another.
Loan agreements or other arrangements with the sponsors are not prohibited.
Is a scholarship from RWTH Aachen awarded with certain provisions?
Yes, in accordance with the guidelines for awarding the Germany Scholarship, recipients are required to participate in events, inform the Education Fund of any changes, and maintain their academic record.
What should I pay attention to if I also work in addition to my studies?
The scholarship is disbursed regardless of income. There is no income limit for a job on the side.
Do my parents' income affect whether I receive a scholarship?
No, the scholarship is awarded regardless of parents' income.
Do scholarships influence the child-care allowance (Kindergeld)?
The Germany Scholarship has no effect on the child allowance received by the parents of scholarship holders.
Is the scholarship taxed?
The Scholarship Program Act is arranged in such a way, so that the Germany Scholarship is not taxed and is not affected by social tax liability. Exceptions may reslts from certain configurations of private, state-recognized universities. Please clear up any tax related questions with your tax advisor.
Is the scholarship counted against other social services?
No. The Germany Scholarship is not calculated against other social services, for example Arbeitslosengeld II. However housing allowances are an exception.
Can I receive a housing allowance and the scholarship at the same time?
Yes. Individuals receiving a housing allowance must note however, that half of the Germany Scholarship, like other scholarships, is included in the calculation of annual income. Please contact your responsible housing allowance office for more information on the topic of scholarships and housing allowance.
- Education Fund Team
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