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PROMOS - General Information

PROMOS is a funding programme to increase the mobility of students from German universities.

About the Programme

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) uses funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support the Programme for the Enhancement of the Mobility of Students from German Universities: PROMOS. Within the framework of the scholarship programme, funds for the support of student mobility have been made available by the DAAD to Ruhr-Universität Bochum every year since 2010. This programme intends to contribute to increasing international student mobility in the context of the Bologna reform with scholarships for short-term stays abroad (1 to 6 months).

Application Requirements

  • All full-time students enrolled in one of Ruhr-Universität Bochum's degree programmes (Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Magister and Staatsexamen) are eligible to receive PROMOS funding.
  • Applicants need to be either German citizens or persons who are on a par with Germans according to § 8 Absatz 1 Ziffer 2 ff., Absatz 2, 2a und 3 BAföG (Das BaföG).
  • International degree-seeking students enrolled at Ruhr-Universität Bochum can be funded in all subprogrammes, as long as they do not intend to stay in their home country.
  • PhD students may only participate in the subprogramme "Field Trips".


  • Travel allowance and/or monthly partial scholarship rate

Depending on the host country and the duration of stay

Please note that "Aufenthaltspauschalen" (= lump sum for stay) can only be paid for study trips. Financing tuition fees through a "Teilstipendium Studiengebühren (Höchstsatz)" [= partial scholarship tuition (maximum rate)] is not possible within the framework of the PROMOS programme at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, as the university exclusively supports tuition fee-free stays at partner universities within the framework of an institutional exchange programme.

Application Deadlines

  • Current application deadline: 1 June 2021

There are three application deadlines per PROMOS funding year:

  • 1 November

For internships, research stays - thesis only - and study trips in the upcoming year as well as for a semester abroad in the next summer term

  • 1 March

For internships, research stays - thesis only - and study trips in the current year as well as for a semester abroad in the next winter term

  • 1 June

For internships, research stays - thesis only - and study trips in the current year as well as for a semester abroad in the next winter term

Please note that within a year it is only possible to apply once for PROMOS funding for the same stay. Nevertheless it is possible to apply for funding for different stays. Please consider the minimum and maximum funding periods. Within each study period (Bachelor or Master) students may receive PROMOS funding for a total of six months. Please weigh which application deadline would be the most suitable for you. Within the submission rounds in March and June, also running internships or research stays (Bachelor's or Master's thesis) can be funded, provided that you submit the application completed and on time before the end of your stay.

Selection Criteria

All applicants are evaluated by an internal selection committee consisting of members of various faculties. Approximately four weeks after the submission deadline, candidates will be determined in a selection meeting organised and coordinated by the International Office. The selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic records
  • Purpose of the stay
  • Motivation
  • Language skills
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Academic progress and potential
  • Extracurricular activities and interests
  • Formal requirements on the application documents

Usually it takes about six weeks to receive a response.

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