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STIBET scholarships for international students and doctoral candidates

The International Office uses funds of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD to award scholarships of usually up to EUR 500 per month for 3 to 4 months to international students and doctoral candidates of the University of Oldenburg who whish to complete their studies/ doctorate within the next year.

The scholarships are offered twice a year (approx. November–January for the following summer semester and May–June for the following winter semester). Applications are only accepted during the application period. 

From 15 December 2023, you can apply for a STIBET scholarship in the summer semester 2024 . The application deadline is 15.01.2024.

Requirements: Who can apply?

  • International students and doctoral candidates (education foreigners) who are enrolled at the University of Oldenburg and are going to successfully graduate within the next year
  • 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)
  • Good academic performance or positive doctoral progress
  • Commitment to social and higher education policy is desired

A Stibet scholarship is generally not intended for studies in a (neighbouring) country or a semester abroad, but as financial support for studies in Germany. An exception may only be possible if the semester abroad is compulsory in the relevant degree programme and the stay abroad does not account for more than 1/4 of the total duration of the degree programme.

Funding amount and duration

Usually, scholarships of up to 500 euros per month for 3 to 4 months are awarded. The funding period and the amount of the scholarship depend on the funds available at the time.

If a successful applicant has one or more part-time jobs which earn him or her more than EUR 520 before taxes per month, or if they receive other scholarships, 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)
  • Expected to graduate in the next year (short reference letter, transcript)
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter
  • If applicable: Financial need
  • Desirable: work commitment on a voluntary basis

Application and required documents

Step 1: Your application

Following documents are required:

  1. Completed application form (pdf)
  2. Motivation letter (justification of the application, topic of the thesis or study plan and personal situation, if applicable, including justification of the hardship)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Transcript with grade average (students) or letter of acceptance of doctorate committee (doctoral candidates)
  5. Enrolment certificate
  6. If applicable: 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 pro-bono work (brief confirmation of scope and duration)
  9. If you are married: information about your family’s total income, including proof, if available

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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