International Office

Frequently Asked Questions - Corona Specialgrant

Do I count as an international student?

The Corona Specialgrant is aimed at so-called Bildungsausländer:innen (students who do not have German citizenship and obtained their university entrance qualification outside Germany).

I am a doctoral student/PhD. Can I apply?

No. Our call for applications is aimed exclusively at international degree seeking students in undergraduate (Bachelor's, Staatsexamen) and Master's programs. Doctoral/PhD students should contact the Research School if they have any questions regarding funding.

I am an exchange student. Can I apply?

No. Our call for applications is aimed exclusively at international degree seeking students in undergraduate (Bachelor's, Staatsexamen) and Master's programs, i.e. who complete their entire studies at the RUB and graduate here.

I am in my first semester. Can I apply?

No. Our call for applications is aimed exclusively at international degree seeking students who are either in their Bachelor's program and have earned at least 60CP or who are in at least their second Master's semester during the grant period. An exception to this rule are Master's students who have also completed their Bachelor's degree at the RUB. They can also apply if they are in their first Master's semester during the period of approval. Medical students can apply if they will complete their studies within the next two years.

I expect to graduate next semester. Am I eligible to apply?

No. The Corona Specialgrant is for students who have at least two semesters remaining. If you will be graduating in the upcoming semester (October through April, inclusive), you may only apply for the Graduation Grant.

I will not be at RUB during the grant period. Can I still apply?

Yes. Please note that a European account with IBAN and BIC is required for the payment of the scholarship.

Is the Corona Specialgrant offered every semester?

No. The Corona Specialgrant is expected to be offered for the last time in the winter semester 2021/22.

I already applied in the last round and received the scholarship. However, my financial situation has not improved. May I apply again?

Yes. If your financial situation has not yet improved due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, then you may reapply. You may receive the Graduation Grant and the Corona Specialgrant for a maximum of four semesters in a row. Ex: You have already received the Corona Specialgrant for two semesters, then you may reapply for it now. If you complete your studies in the following semester, you can then apply for the Graduation Grant. Please note: This is only subject to the currently valid exception rule of the DAAD award criteria. If these change as the pandemic situation improves, you may not be allowed to apply a third or fourth time for one of the scholarships.

May I apply for other scholarships at the same time?

Yes. If you wish to apply or have already applied for scholarships from other organizations, you must indicate this on the application form.

I am already receiving another scholarship. Can I still apply?

Please ask your scholarship provider whether you are allowed to receive another scholarship at the same time. If you already receive a Deutschlandstipendium or another DAAD-funded scholarship during the award period, you may not apply for the Corona Specialgrant.

Can I work alongside the scholarship?

Yes, this is possible in principle. However, the sum of the scholarship installment and gross additional earnings may not exceed 1,311€. This means that if your monthly scholarship installment is 400€, you are allowed to earn an additional 911€ gross per month.

Who can write the letter of recommendation for me?

The letter of recommendation should be written by a university teacher the RUB, it does not depend on the academic title of the author. In our Moodle course you will find a form that you can send to the issuing person. The letter of recommendation must not be older than 3 months. You can find more tips in our Moodle Course.

What should the letter of recommendation contain?

It would be ideal if your university teacher evaluates your academic performance and, if possible, reports something about your personal situation in Germany (e.g. social commitment, etc.). In our Moodle course you will find a form that you can send to the issuing person. The letter of recommendation must not be older than 3 months. If you are not able to obtain a letter of recommendation from a university lecturer, you can contact your departmental advisor. You will also find a form for this letter of recommendation in our Moodle course.

Is a letter of recommendation a required document and who receives the letter?

The letter of recommendation is mandatory. Without a letter of recommendation, your application is incomplete and cannot be considered. The letter of recommendation can be sent directly to rubiss@rub.de as a PDF by the person writing it.

What is a Transcript of Records?

It is an overview of your grades in your current program of study. You can obtain this overview via eCampus or FlexNow (depending on your degree program). If you have any questions about this, you can contact your responsible examination office.

Why do I have to submit my bank statements?

The scholarship is primarily aimed at students who are dependent on financial support during their studies. In order to verify this, the selection committee needs insight into your financial situation.

What is a letter of motivation and how do I write it?

In the motivation letter you have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the selection committee and explain why you are the right person for the scholarship. The letter of motivation must not be longer than one page. You can find more tips in our Moodle Course.

Which activities count as social or volunteer work?

If you are active in a association or organization and support other people, environmental protection, nature conservation or similar, you can attach proof of your commitment to the application. If you do this without being active in an organization (e.g. regular accompaniment of relatives or acquaintances during visits to the authorities as a translator), then you can use the form "Proof: social commitment". You can find this in our Moodle course. It should only be about your current engagement.

If you have further questions, please contact

Rebekka Kirsch, rubiss@rub.de

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