Zukunft Ukraine – DAAD Scholarship Program for Refugees from Ukraine at German Universities

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Key Info

Basic Information

Target Group:
Bachelor’s Students
Doctoral Candidates
Master’s Students
Direction / Place:



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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the “Zukunft Ukraine – Scholarship Program for Refugees from Ukraine at German Universities” with funds from the German Foreign Office (AA).

Funding is provided for exceptionally high-performing students who have fled from Ukraine to Germany, as well as for early-career researchers from Ukraine already at German universities to help educate them for future careers in Ukraine. The program’s focus is on awarding full scholarships to students so they can pursue a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate). The grant covers maximally 16 months between October 1, 2023, and December 31, 2024, and includes a monthly stipend of between 931 and 1,200 euros, depending on the academic degree and the student’s personal and financial circumstances.

A selection committee of the RWTH International Office awards the funding.


Who can be sponsored?

  • Ukrainian nationals who primarily resided in Ukraine until February 24, 2022, or who have been in Germany as exchange students since the 2021/22 winter semester, could not return to Ukraine due to the war and wish to now pursue a degree in Germany.
  • Third-country nationals or stateless persons enjoying international protection in Ukraine and their family members, provided they resided in Ukraine before or on February 24, 2022.
  • Third-country nationals who have resided in Ukraine with a permanent residence permit before or on February 24, 2022, and who cannot safely return to their home country.


Scholarship Objectives

The scholarship program is intended to achieve the following goals:

  1. Graduates shall be trained as specialists and managers thanks to an excellent professional education and social support.
  2. Graduates shall be able to support Ukraine’s reconstruction and act as knowledge multipliers and bridge builders for German-Ukrainian collaboration in business and science.

Application Deadline and Selection

Please submit your PDF documents to us via between June 15, and September 8, 2023, to be considered. Scholarship recipients will be selected on September 19, 2023. Please note that we can only support you financially if the DAAD approves the funds. We cannot consider applications that are incomplete or have not been submitted by the deadline.

Application Documents

  • Application form including an explanation of your current personal situation and your plans, e.g. studies or doctoral studies at RWTH Aachen University
  • Scanned copy of your national ID card or passport and residence permit
  • RWTH students: Your current certificate of enrollment
  • Prospective RWTH students: Your letter of admission to RWTH
  • Doctoral candidates: Letter of invitation or recommendation from a professor at RWTH Aachen University
  • Resume
  • If applicable, a copy of the employment contract if you are employed
  • Proof that you have already applied for Bafög or the rejection notice from the BAföG office

Please Note

  1. There are 15 scholarships available. You are not automatically entitled to receive a scholarship by law.
  2. The selection committee will make the decision based on your personal information. Please describe in as much detail as possible why you are applying for the scholarship and how the scholarship will assist you in completing your studies.
  3. Students holding a residence permit under §24 can also apply for financial support through BAföG at Studentenwerk Aachen. However, it is not possible to receive BAföG funding and the DAAD scholarship simultaneously. Learn more about BAföG here.
  4. The scholarship’s purpose is to help you complete your studies successfully and within the standard period of study. Side jobs while receiving scholarship funds must be approved by the DAAD in advance. RWTH must confirm that the side job does not interfere with your achieving the envisaged degree.
  5. Income from an approved part-time job of up to a maximum of 520 euros per month (allowance for part-time employees) does not count towards the monthly scholarship rate. (Gross) income above 520 euros per month will be counted towards the scholarship. The limit of 520 euros applies to each month in which the side job is held. It is, therefore, not possible to distribute higher income over several months to avoid the additional income being offset against the stipend.