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Form Oscar Romero scholarship

Oscar Romero scholarships for international students

Using funds from the Oscar Romero Foundation, the International Office awards scholarships of up to EUR 1,000 each for international students and doctoral candidates of the University of Oldenburg who find themselves in financial difficulties.

The scholarships are offered once a year (approx. May–June). Applications are only accepted during the application period. The next call for applications runs from 25.05.2023 to 16.06.2023.

Requirements: Who can apply?

  • International students and doctoral candidates (education foreigners) who are enrolled at the University of Oldenburg.
  • If applicable residence permit for study purposes or the purpose of a doctorate (in general according to Section 16 of the German Residence Act - AufenthG).
  • Financial need: You are in an unforeseeable emergency situation through no fault of your own.
  • Social or university political commitment is desired.
  • Earnings during the funding period must not exceed 520 euros.


Up to EUR 1,000 can be awarded. The scholarship is paid up to two instalments of up to EUR 500 each.

If a successful applicant has one or more part-time jobs which earn him or her more than EUR 520 before taxes per month, his or her scholarship for the respective month will be reduced by the difference.

Award criteria

  • Financial need (letter of recommendation or proof)
  • Personal situation (letter of motivation)
  • Reference letter
  • Academic achievement. Proven by grades/grade average (students) or short reference letter of supervisor (doctoral candidates)
  • Pro-bono work is a plus

Application and required documents

Please note that all required steps have to be completed by the application deadline.

Step 1: Your application

Following documents are required:

  1. Completed application form (pdf)
  2. Motivation letter (Reasons for the application, topic of the thesis or study plan and personal situation including reasons for the hardship).
  3. Proof of financial need: bank account statements for the last three months, if you are married: Information about your family’s total income, including proof.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Enrolment certificate
  6. Transcript with grade average (students) or letter of acceptance of doctorate committee (doctoral candidates)
  7. If applicable: Copy of the residence permit
  8. If available: proof of pro-bono work (brief confirmation of scope and duration)

Please combine the documents into a single pdf file and send it to . Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Reference letter from supervisor by e-mail

In order to complete your application, we need a letter of reference from the supervisor of your thesis or doctorate or from a lecturer of your study programme. This reference letter must be sent by e-mail by the author to

The reference letter should answer the following questions:

  1. How would you judge the applicant's study performance so far?
  2. When is the applicant roughly going to finish his/her studies or doctorate and what results do you expect from the applicant?
  3. How would you describe the applicant's personality/situation?


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