PROMOS/Fernweh (studies and internships), Fulbright

Ann-Kristin Schuling

+49 (0)441 798-4668

Further information

PROMOS Scholarship

PROMOS scholarships for study or research related time abroad intend to increase student mobility, in particular the mobility of German students.

Calls for applications are open twice a year (September/October and March/April). Applications are only accepted during the application period. The next application period for stays abroad in 2022 will be from 1 September until 15 October 2021.

Exemption: applications for degree-related short courses are possible on an ongoing basis until September of each year.

Other conditions apply to the funding of internships abroad, applications are possible on an ongoing basis.

Who can apply?

Students and doctoral candidates (not incoming exchange students, however) of the University of Oldenburg whose stay abroad has not started at the time of the application deadline.

Funding is available for the following purposes:

  • Studying abroad: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree studying at a university abroad. Doctoral candidates are not eligible to apply. As a scholar you will receive a monthly grant as well as a lump sum to help towards financing your travel costs (not applicable if you are receiving BAföG).
  • Language courses: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's degree programme or a doctoral programme who are planning to attend a language course at a university or a language institute abroad. Duration of the language course: at least 3 weeks, maximum 6 months, scope at least 25 hours of instruction per wek. The grant will help towards financing the costs of the course.
  • Degree-related short course: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's degree programme or a doctoral programme who plan to attend a short course at a university abroad, e.g. a summer or winter school or a workshop. Duration of the course: maximum 6 weeks. Attending a conference or a talk will not be funded. The grant will help towards financing the costs of the course.
  • Final thesis: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme who are planning to spend time abroad in order to write their final thesis (bachelor or master thesis). Doctoral candidates are not eligible to apply. The grant will help towards financing your travel costs.

Funding for stays in Europe is only possible where no Erasmus+ programmes are available. Exception: students who are no longer eligible for Erasmus+ funding because they have previously received an Erasmus+ grant may apply. However, students may not receive additional public funding or DAAD funds.


PROMOS is compatible with our Mobility Grant and also with the Deutschlandstipendium.

Fernweh grant

You are welcome to apply for both programmes. However, you may only be awarded one scholarship/grant due to fair competition regulations.

International BAföG ("Auslands-BAföG")

You can apply for PROMOS if you receive International BAföG or BAföG. If you state this on the application, it will be considered automatically if a scholarship is awarded. You may receive a maximum scholarship sum of EUR 300 per month (Section 21.3.6 BAföG states that performance-based scholarships up to a monthly average of EUR 300 are exempt from inclusion).


You can apply for both PROMOS and STIBET only if there are two different projects that need funding, e.g. you can have studying abroad or doing an internship abroad funded by PROMOS and writing a final thesis by STIBET.

Application: two steps

Step 1: Online application

Please complete the online application (access link will be published during application period)

Please fill in only once, even if you apply for PROMOS and Fernweh at the same time.

Step 2: Document upload into Cloud Storage

Prior to uploading your documents in the university's cloud storage, please merge the documents into a single pdf file. The file should be named as follows: PF_21-22_last-name_first-name.pdf

Following documents are required:

  1. Application Form (pdf form)
  2. Letter of Motivation (in German or English, max. 2 pages)
  3. CV (German or English)
  4. Proof of Voluntary Work (brief confirmation is sufficient; self-written proofs cannot be accepted.)
  5. Current Transcript of Records ("Notenbescheinigung," download in Stud.IP. If there are less than 3 grades on the Stud.IP printout, please also submit the previous transcript)
  6. Certificate of Enrolment (for the current term)
  7. Letter of Acceptance from host institution: studies, final thesis, language course, or degree-related course (only if your stay is independent of a programme by the International Office)
  8. Language Certificate (only if your stay is independent of an IO programme; not necessary for language courses)

Upload application documents in the university's cloud storage (attn. Ann-Kristin Schuling) (access link will be published during application period)


  • The letter of motivation is intended to show your reasons for going abroad and what you plan to do at the host institution. Please explain why your stay abroad is beneficial to your academic and (maybe also) your professional career and demonstrate if you will get credit in Oldenburg for the courses you will be attending abroad. Let us know if you are seeking an intercultural experience abroad.
  • Letters of recommendation are not requested. Exemption: Doctoral candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from their supervisore when applying for a short course.

The scholarships will be awarded by a committee in consultation with all schools. The following criteria will be considered: academic performance (30%), voluntary work (20%), motivation (50%).

The decision of the committee is final. There is no right of appeal.


What does voluntary work mean?

Voluntary work is unpaid work in associations, organisations or public offices (e.g. supervising children on trips, involvement in community, church, sports activities). If you are currently not volunteering, you may include proofs of voluntary work you have done in the past.

I have applied for a PROMOS scholarship but was not considered in the first application period. Can I apply again within the second application period?

Yes. However, we recommend that you speak to the International Office first.

When will I get notice if I have been awarded a scholarship?

Usually you will be notified approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the end of the application period.

I have been awarded a PROMOS scholarship. Do I need to do anything else?

As a PROMOS scholar you are obliged to promote the University of Oldenburg in your host country and at the host university. For this purpose, you will receive a marketing package including information material. Also you will be asked to submit a report of your experiences after your stay abroad, which may (if permitted) be shared with other students to motivate as many students as possible to study abroad.

I have a disability. Is this taken into account for the grant?

Students with a disability who are sponsored under a DAAD programme can apply for funding to cover additional costs incurred abroad (upper limit usually EUR 10,000). Students with a chronic illness can also apply for reimbursement of the additional costs incurred abroad in special cases.

Funding institutions

(Changed: 2021-07-19)