International Office

Study Grant for international students with a refugee background

International students with a refugee background can apply for a study grant from their second term onwards.

Who can apply?

All students with a refugee background* in their second or higher term at Ruhr-Universität Bochum as of winter term 2021 are eligible to apply. Graduation must be at least two terms away. Students who plan to graduate within the next term can apply for a graduation grant.

*The following residence titles are recognised:

  • Those with BÜMA/Ankunftsnachweis (Notification of the asylum application prior to application in accordance with §63a AsylG)
  • Asylum seekers (Ongoing procedure – Aufenthaltsgestattung according to §55 AsylG)
  • Those with tolerated status (Temporary suspension of deportation - Duldung according to §60a AufenthG)
  • Those entitled to asylum according to Art. 16a GG/ GFK (Residence according to §25 Abs. 1 AufenthG)
  • Recognised refugees according to § 3 AsylG (Residence according to §25 Abs.2 S.1/1. AufenthG)
  • Subsidiary protection according to § 4 AsylG (Residence according to §25 Abs.2 S.1/2. AufenthG)
  • Those with protection against deportation according to § 60 Abs. 5 and 7 AufenthG (Residence according to §25 Abs.3 AufenthG)
  • Those with residence according to § 22 Sätze 1 and 2, §23 Absatz 1, 2 and 4, § 24 and § 25 Absatz 5 AufenthG
  • Family members (parents, children, spouses) of those with recognised asylum and refugees according to the Geneva Convention and those entitled to subsidiary protection, if they can additionally prove the residence title of the original beneficiary (the family member who entered the country first) according to §29 Abs. 2, §30, §31, §32, §34 Abs. 1 and 2 and §36 AufenthG
  • Family members after family reunification according to §36a AufenthG
  • Those with a Fiktionsbescheinigung according to §81 Abs. 3 and 4 AufenthG
  • Those with a settlement permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) according to §26 AufenthG

How much is the grant?

  • €450/month
  • Over a 12-month period (October-March)
  • If you receive BAföG at the same time, then
    • €300/month
    • Over a 12-month period (October-March)
  • An extension via reapplication is possible after the initial 12 months (the maximum period of funding is 36 months)
  • In addition to the financial support, there is a scholarship mentoring programme, including:
    • Individual consultations
    • Group meetings

Which documents are required for the application?

  • Letter of motivation (max. one page)*
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (max. two pages)*
  • Letter of recommendation from a staff member or instructor of your study preparatory programme (e.g. an Integra staff member)**
  • Copy of your residence permit*
  • Bank statements for the last three months (March/April/May) of all of your bank accounts*
  • Proof of German language skills at the time of application*
  • Proof of study preparatory programme (e.g. Integra or Abitur certificate)*
  • University entrance qualification (Abitur or certificate of undergraduate or master's degree) in original and certified translation*
  • Admission to Ruhr-Universität Bochum (if you have not already been admitted, please submit proof of your application to Ruhr-Universität)*
  • Proof of social commitment or special achievements

*Mandatory documents to be uploaded to the application portal.

**Mandatory document to be either sent by the applicant to rubiss@rub.de directly or uploaded to the application portal.

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