Corona crisis: information for international students


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Forms STIBET thesis phase

STIBET scholarships for international students and doctoral candidates

Requirements: Who can apply?

  • International students and doctoral candidates who are going to successfully graduate within the next two years
  • Residence permit for study purposes or the purpose of a doctorate (in general according to Section 16 of the German Residence Act - AufenthG)
  • Monthly income during the scholarship period may not exceed EUR 450

All international students and doctoral candidates who expect to complete their studies within the next two years are eligible to apply. The prerequisites are good academic performance; pro-bono/ voluntary work inside or outside the university is a plus. 


Scholarships of up to 400,- EUR per month are awarded for 2 to 3 months.

If a successful applicant has one or more part-time jobs which earn him or her more than EUR 450 before taxes per month, his or her scholarship for the respective month will be reduced by the difference as per DAAD requirements.

Selection criteria

  • Academic achievement. Proven by grades/grade average (students) or short reference letter of supervisor (doctoral candidates)
  • Financial need
  • Expected to graduate in the next two years (short reference letter, transcript)
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter by e-mail
  • Desirable: work commitment on a voluntary basis

Application and required documents

Your application consist of three steps. Please note that all required steps have to be completed by the application deadline.

Step 1: Online application

Complete the online application form (the link to the online application form is only activated during the application period)

Step 2: Hand-in documents via e-mail

Prior to sending your documents to (Subject: STIBET thesis phase), please merge the documents into a single pdf file. The file should be named as follows: STIBET-SA_last-name_first-name.pdf

Following documents are required:

  1. Completed application form (pdf)
  2. Motivation letter (justification of the application)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Transcript with grade average (students)
  5. Enrolment certificate
  6. Copy of the residence permit
  7. Copy of the registration of the thesis with the Examinations Office (students; if available yet) OR letter of acceptance of doctorate committee (doctoral candidates)
  8. If available: proof of voluntary work (brief confirmation of scope and duration)
  9. If you are married: information about your family’s total income, including proof, if available

Step 3: 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?


(Changed: 2021-01-14)