NRWege ins Studium – Scholarships for Refugees


Online Application

You must submit your application on time and fully completed, otherwise we will not be able to process it. The application documents must all be uploaded online in a single PDF file. Please refrain from submitting documents as paper copies or via email, as we cannot process these.

Key Info

Basic Information

Target Group:
Direction / Place:



Azadeh Hartmann-Alampour

Head of the Arbitration Board – Refugee Programs


+49 241 80 92696



As part of the DAAD program “NRWege ins Studium – Unterstützung von Studierenden mit Fluchterfahrung an Hochschulen in Nordrhein-Westfallen ab 2023,” The International Office can award scholarships for students with refugee experience. The program is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Target Group of the Residence Scholarships

Eligible to apply for the scholarships are RWTH students who:

  • have refugee status in Germany
  • have not been in Germany for longer than 5 years at the time of application
  • have acquired their university entrance qualification abroad (so-called Bildungsinländer, i.e. non-German citizens who have a German school leaving certificate or university degree, are not eligible)
  • are enrolled at the RWTH or have been admitted as students at RWTH for the 2023 summer semester.
  • are located in Germany.
  • have already submitted a BAFöG (state funding for students) application to Studierendenwerk and are still waiting for the decision or have received a rejection letter from Studierendenwerk.
  • are in a financial emergency situation and can prove that they cannot finance their studies in any other way.
    are willing to participate in the counseling services offered by RWTH's Arbitration Board for academic refugees in order to ensure successful studies.
  • are willing to provide the necessary personal data to the University as part of the funding program and to participate in surveys and studies for the evaluation of the "NRWege ins Studium" program.

Application Periods

The application, including all relevant documents, must be submitted by February 28, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be selected at the beginning of March 2023. The first scholarship installment will be paid at the beginning of April 2023.



Scholarship holders are selected by a commission, based on various criteria such as academic performance and financial need. There is no entitlement to a scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded short-term scholarships up to a maximum of 9 months, worth up to 934€/month. The duration of the scholarship and the stipend paid to the recipient depend on the number and financial situation of the selected candidates.

Scholarship holders will be informed of the result of the selection procedure in writing.


Application Documents

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum vitae in table form
  3. Letter of motivation (one page max): Please explain in detail why you need support from the scholarship program and why you cannot finance your studies on your own. Please also explain how you want to achieve good academic results with the help of the scholarship.
  4. Copy of your residence permit (both sides)
  5. Evidence that you possess a university entrance qualification
  6. Current certificate of enrollment
  7. Bank statements for the last four weeks
  8. If you receive government benefits or scholarships, please provide copies of the respective certificates.
  9. If applicable: copy of employment contracts.
  10. Your application for BAFöG (state benefits for students) and, if applicable, the letter of rejection.
  11. For students from the 2nd semester onwards: evidence of your academic achievements so far (RWTHonline transcript of records)
  12. Expert opinion of your academic advisor / information on the course of studies and academic achievements: this applies to students who received an NRWege scholarship in the past and those who are applying for the first time for the summer semester 2023 and are in the second semester of study.
  13. Your unsworn declaration

What Exactly Does Individuals With Refugee Experience Mean?

The focus of the program is on students who are willing and able to study at university and who have had a refugee experience, have a university entrance qualification, and have entered Germany no more than five years ago. This includes individuals:

  • who are entitled to asylum, persons recognized as refugees, or persons entitled to subsidiary protection as well as individuals to whom a ban on deportation applies as well as comparable individuals who have a residence title: Sections 25 (1-3), 22, 23 (1) and (2), 23 (4), 23a or 25 (4), 25 (5) of the Act on the Residence, Economic Activity and Integration of Foreigners in the Federal Territory (Residence Act – AufenthG).
  • who have been admitted on the basis of the mass influx directive and have a right of residence pursuant to Section 24 of the Residence Act.
  • who have received a rejection in the asylum procedure conducted by the BAMF, but a deportation has been temporarily suspended (“Duldung” according to Section 60a (2) Residence Act).
  • who are in Germany for family reunification reasons, if they also have the residence status of "Stammberechtigter" (Sections 29, 30, 31, 32, 34 (1) (2), 36)
  • with a settlement permit who have not been in Germany for more than 5 years. ( Section 36 AufenthG).

Excluded from participation in the program are individuals:

  • for whom there is a latent or immediate obligation to leave the country.
  • whose asylum process is still ongoing (Aufenthaltsgestattung).