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What you need to know about the PROMOS programme

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

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 University 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

  • Applications are open to regularly enrolled students in Bachelor's, Master's, Diplom, Magister and Staatsexamens degree programmes at RUB, who are German citizens, as well as persons who are treated as equivalent to Germans according to § 8 paragraph 1 number 2 ff, paragraph 2, 2a and 3 BAföG.
  • Non-German RUB students can apply if they are enrolled with the aim of obtaining a degree at RUB.
  • International degree-seeking RUB students can be funded in all subprogrammes, as long as they do not intend to stay in their home country.
  • PhD students are not eligible for PROMOS funding. (Exception: medical students who are already pursuing a PhD as part of their regular studies.) In the subprogramme "field trips", funding for PhD students is possible.
  • Students who already receive funding from German public funds for their stay abroad cannot be funded through PROMOS. (If in doubt, please contact us!)

Funding rates

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

Here you can find explanations about the calculation of the scholarship amount within the PROMOS programme at RUB.

  • PROMOS total funding period

Basically, a PROMOS fellow can receive funding for a total of six months within an academic educational period ending with the achievement of a degree (e.g. Bachelor's, Master's, Diplom, Magister and Staatsexamens , but not a PhD). A combination of the funding measures study abroad, internship abroad and/or thesis abroad is possible.

For the participation in PROMOS field trips there is no limitation by a total funding period.

  • Travel allowance and/or monthly partial scholarship rate

A PROMOS stay abroad can be supported with a partial scholarship for the mobility and/or a partial scholarship for the stay, depending on the destination country and the duration of stay.

  • Important information for students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses

If, due to a disability and/or a chronic illness, additional expenses abroad are to be expected and other responsible authorities (e.g. social insurance agencies) have rejected additional financial support, an application for PROMOS special needs can be submitted to the DAAD. If you have any questions, please contact the RUB's PROMOS team.

Application deadlines

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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