Ways of funding
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A semester abroad usually represents an additional financial burden. There will be travel costs and study fees if you go abroad as a so-called free mover. The lease cost and cost of living is often higher in the host country than in Germany. The easiest way to spend a semester abroad is to take part in an exchange programme of the School of Business and Economics or the WWU. This way you do not have to pay any tuition/enrolment fees or these can be greatly reduced.
Here you will find a selection of grants and scholarships.
If you want to study abroad via the ERASMUS programme, you have to apply for a place at a partner university at the IRC. Requirements are that you are enrolled at the WWU Münster, have already studied here for at least one year and meet the language requirements for the target country (at least level B1). Participants in the ERASMUS programme must achieve between 18-30 ECTS at the host university and, in the best case, have all courses at WWU credited. You can find more information about application here.
Funding is available for 4 months / 120 days per semester abroad (max. 2 semesters), depending on the country.
Group 1 = 450,00 € monthly: Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden
Group 2 = 390,00 € per month: Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
Group 3 = 330,00 € monthly: Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary
Students who have already received ERASMUS funding in their Bachelor's degree programme can also apply for a second place in their Master's and/or doctoral studies. This period of time is to be counted towards the total possible funding period of 12 months per study phase.
Within the framework of the PROMOS mobility program, the DAAD provides funding for stays abroad by German students. In principle, study-related projects can be funded worldwide. The maximum funding period is six months.
For budgetary reasons, the Faculty of Economic Sciences limits the awarding of scholarships to one of the program lines of the PROMOS program. These are monthly partial scholarships for study visits to partner universities. Unfortunately, travel expenses and tuition fees cannot be covered. The amount of the scholarship depends on the scholarship rate of the country as well as on the approved length of stay and ranges between ~1,000-1,500€ per student and stay.
The following conditions must be met:
- It is a study visit (duration: 1 semester or 1 term) for the purpose of taking courses at the IRC partner university. Participants in the PROMOS program must complete between 18-30 ECTS at the host university and, in the best case, receive credit for all courses taken at EMU.
- The host institution is a partner university in a non-European country.
- You have applied for the partner university in the IRC, have already received an acceptance from the IRC and do not receive Erasmus or Swiss European Mobility funding.
- Students who have not been previously funded by a scholarship will be given priority in the awarding process.
For study visits to departmental partner universities, scholarships are provided from the faculty's own PROMOS budget. Scholarships for study visits within the framework of university partnerships are funded from the PROMOS budget of the central International Office.
Here you can find the results of the PROMOS selection rounds. If you have further questions, please contact the outgoing coordinator of the faculty.
Applications are made centrally via the International Office of the University of Münster. You can find detailed information on the call for applications here.
- Academic performance (weighted with 50%)
- Letter of motivation (weighted with 20%)
- Extracurricular activities such as internships and volunteer work (weighted with 20%)
- Knowledge of the language of instruction or the language of the country (weighted with 10%)
Requirements for the content of the PROMOS motivation letter (in German or English; ci 1-3 pages):
- Aim of the stay
- Justification for the selection of the host university and the host country
- Information on and justification for the course selection at the host university
- Statement of the added value of the stay abroad in relation to the individual course of studies
Grant for studying abroad (Auslands-BAFöG)
Like domestic BAföG, foreign BAföG also depends on the financial circumstances of the parents. However, more generous assessment limits apply here, so that you can receive foreign BAföG even if you are not entitled to recieve BAföG in Germany. You must meet the following funding requirements in order to apply:
- As a Free Mover, you must have studied in Germany for at least one year (this condition does not apply to exchange programmes).
- The duration of study at the target university must be at least three months if you go abroad as an intern or within the framework of an exchange programme, and at least six months if you organise your studies abroad independently.
- You must be able to provide evidence of sufficient knowledge of the national language or language of instruction.
International supplements for countries outside the EU
International supplements for countries outside the EU
For a stay abroad in countries outside the EU, the domestic BAföG is topped up by a foreign allowance which, depending on the destination country, amounts to between € 60 and € 450 and does not have to be repaid. In addition, tuition fees of up to €4,600 per year are reimbursed, as well as a disturbance allowance and a subsidy for any necessary international health insurance. For stays in EU countries, only the tuition fees, travel expenses and health insurance are subsidised, foreign supplements are not paid.
The application process
For each destination country, a specific BAföG office in Germany is responsible for your application for international BAföG. If you want to make sure that the grant is available to you from the first month abroad, you must apply for Auslands-BAföG no later than six months before your stay abroad begins. However, since you often do not have all the documents required for the application six months before the beginning of your stay abroad, this is often not feasible. For this reason, you can submit the application at shorter notice, but then you will receive the grant at a correspondingly later date due to a rather long processing time (e.g. as additional payment for the months you are already abroad). You can find more information on the BAföG office pages.
DAAD scholarships for a full academic year
The largest institution for awarding scholarships abroad is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD is a joint institution of German universities and promotes international relations in the academic field through the exchange of students and scientists and through international programs and projects. On the DAAD website you will also find a scholarship database.
The best known scholarships for German students are the one-year scholarships. In addition, there are a variety of special programs, depending on subject, academic qualification and target country. An overview of all DAAD scholarships can be found in the annual brochure "Study, Research, Teaching Abroad. Funding opportunities for Germans". This brochure is available free of charge from the International Office of WWU or you can download it here.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal aptitude and academic achievement and are mainly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In order for your DAAD application to have a chance of success, you should be able to show good academic performance and, in particular, be able to give a very good account of your study project and your personal motivation. You can compensate for less good academic performance by preparing your study project particularly carefully and coherently. Social and socio-political commitment are also factors that are important when applying. Do not be put off by gloomy predictions about the success rate: What really matters here is the quality of your application, your personal motivation and your preparation! You can find more information on the DAAD's pages on studying abroad.
Programme d'Études en France (PEF)
It is aimed at German students in their second Bachelor's year for whom French plays an important role and enables them to spend their first study period in France. There are four French partner universities to choose from (Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens), Université de Lille, Université de Nantes or Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès).
The programme enables students to improve practice and knowledge of French language and culture. In addition to the subjects studied, the study visit includes language tandems between German and French students, a cultural framework programme and initial insights into professional fields of work.
Applications are open to students of Romance studies, intercultural (France-related) and European studies, linguistics with French as a first foreign language, or law or economics. The funding period is one semester and includes a monthly partial scholarship instalment of 370€. Students are also exempt from tuition fees at the French university and receive health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits. In addition, the PEF provides educational and logistical support for the students. The host university assists with the accommodation of the students.
Application for the period September 2021 to May 2022 is possible until 12 April 2021. Further information on the application can be found here.
Grants of the Faculty
Marketing Alumni Münster e.V. provides a scholarship for a stay abroad each semester. Eligible are students of the double degree programme with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The scholarship amounts to 1.000 EUR. Application and selection is done by Marketing Alumni Münster e.V. The application deadline is April 15th. For further details please see the flyer.
Grants of the University
Fulbright Scholarship for studies in the USA
Among other things, the Fulbright Commission awards full, partial and travel scholarships to German Bachelor (BA) and Master (MA) students for study visits to the USA as well as scholarships for PhD students for research stays in the USA. The Fulbright scholarships are open to students of all faculties, but there are restrictions or special conditions for the Master of Business Administration, among others. Applications must be submitted online and in paper form. Students who are enrolled at WWU at the time of application should submit their application to the International Office, for the attention of Petra Hille. Graduates and applicants who are studying abroad and are no longer enrolled at WWU should send their application directly to the Fulbright Commission in Berlin. Application information and application documents are now available on the Fulbright Commission's website.
Applications for the academic year 2021/2022 can be submitted until February 15, 2021. Further information on application can be found here.
Student research projects
The support programme "Student Research Projects" offers students the opportunity to carry out (their first) own research projects during their studies!
This could be a research stay at another institute in Germany or abroad or independently organized scientific events such as conferences or summer schools. The Rectorate of WWU provides up to 5,000.00 euros for individual projects. It is important, among other things, that your projects are distinguished from final theses and other academic achievements. The age limit is 27 years. Applications are open to enrolled students of all courses of study at WWU!
The next deadline for applications is 28.02.2020. You can find more information here.
Scholarships of the Brazil Center
Within the framework of the project wwu.usp, the Brazil Center once again offers two scholarships each for undergraduate and graduate students of all faculties of the EMU. The support will be used to carry out bachelor's/master's or research projects at the University of São Paulo. The maximum duration of stay is six months. The corresponding announcement and application form can be found on the website of the Brazil Center.
ERP and McCLOY scholarships for studies in the USA
The aim of both programmes is to strengthen transatlantic understanding and to promote highly qualified young professionals for the public sector. The programs are financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy from funds of the ERP special fund. While the McCloy Scholarship Program supports master's degree projects at the Harvard Kennedy School, the ERP Program supports study and research projects at all top US universities. Both programs are aimed at excellent graduates of all subjects who hold at least a bachelor's degree. Financial support in both scholarship programs includes the following benefits:
- Tuition fees: ERP max. 25,000 USD; McCloy 56,000 USD
- Monthly Living Scholarship: 1,900 USD
- Travel allowance: 1,000 USD
- Entry fee: 500 USD
Once a year a meeting is held in Washington D.C. for the students in both programs. Inclusion in the programs is also accompanied by admission to the German National Academic Foundation.
The application deadline is 1st October (ERP) or 1st November (McCloy) of each year.
China Scholarship Programme of the German National Academic Foundation and the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation
10 scholarships are awarded for a one-year language, study and internship stay in the People's Republic of China.
The China Scholarship Programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a sound knowledge of the Chinese language and society as well as university and scientific knowledge during a one-year stay in China. The financial support during the stay in China includes a monthly living allowance of 1,000 €, travel grants, a preparation and a mobility allowance. In addition, admission to the programme includes intensive language preparation in Germany through two three-week language courses, which will be held by the University of Trier in August 2019 and March 2020. Inclusion in the programme is accompanied by admission to the German National Academic Foundation. After their return from China, the scholarship holders will continue to be supported by the Studienstiftung. Further information can be found here.
Interested candidates can apply until 30 April 2019 for a scholarship in China from September 2020.
Scholarships from the Rhodes Trust enable students with above-average performance and at the same time versatile commitment to pursue a further course of study (Master or Doctorate) at Oxford University. The scholarship is currently awarded each year to over 100 students from numerous countries. In Germany two scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship covers all tuition fees as well as living expenses for one to three year courses.
Applications for the start of studies in October 2021 are possible until 30 September 2020. Further information on application can be found here.
Addison Wheeler Scholarship
The Addison Wheeler Scholarship at Durham University is designed to give young scientists with outstanding prospects three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Our fellows help us to build international networks of scholars with a shared passion for today's most important research challenges.
Applications for the start of studies in October 2020 are possible until February 7, 2020. Further information on application can be found here.
"Experience Japan" 2020
The scholarship application for this year's Japan programme of the study center for German Japanese culture exchange in NRW e. V. is provided in cooperation with the foundation "Studienfonds Düsseldorf - Japan". This year, the four-week programme will provide up to 6 young people interested in Japan with first insights into Japanese culture and economy within the framework of a study trip and short internship.
The application deadline is 30 March 2020. Further information on the scholarship can be found here.
Mercator Kolleg for international tasks 2020/2021
Work during the -month program the Fellows work in two to three international conferences organizations, NGOs, think tanks or companies worldwide on a project topic of their choice. Seminars on topics of international cooperation and Soft Skills trainings round off the program.
The application deadline is 15 December 2020. Further information on the scholarship can be found here.
Dalian University of Technology: Scholarship for Exchange Students
Dalian University of Technology (DUT) is a national key university administrated directly under the Ministry of Education of China. It has developed its international education and has established stable long-term cooperation with 251 well-known overseas universities and research institutions in 35 countries and regions. DUT has the opportunity to award scholarships to BA/MA and PhD students studying at DUT for a minimum of three months.
More information about the scholarship can be found here.
Students of the faculty must first apply for the exchange place at the host university. You can find information about the application process here.
PhD - Scholarships
PhD students scholarship of the GOstralia! Research Centres
In cooperation with seven renowned universities in Australia, the GOstralia! Research Centre offers a total of 16 exclusive PhD scholarships. The full scholarships cover the tuition fees for the complete three-year PhD studies in Australia as well as the cost of living and health insurance. You can start your studies either in 2020 or 2021. Further information can be found here. In addition, an online seminar on scholarships as well as PhD and research workshops are offered. Information about these events can be found here.
Announcement Helmut Schmidt Honorary Professorship
Scholars in fields consistent with Kissinger’s broad, eclectic approach to the analysis of international affairs, including (but not limited to) strategic studies and diplomatic history, are encouraged to apply. It is preferred that the scholar be well-grounded in an historical approach to the understanding of global statecraft and strategy and be able to communicate his or her work to a broad audience. Individuals with a research agenda touching on transnational issues of global concern will receive special consideration. Candidates should ideally be an EU citizen currently affiliated with a German university or research institution.
Applications for the period 01 September 2020 to 31 August 2021 can be submitted until 30 April 2020. Further information on application can be found here.
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (short-term)
In cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the programme aims to enable highly qualified young German researchers and doctoral candidates to spend a short period of time at universities and selected research institutions in Japan. Funding is available for research projects at universities and selected research institutions in Japan.
Applications are open to postdocs and doctoral students of all disciplines.
Applications for the period 01 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 may be submitted until 01 September 2020. You can find further information on application here.