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PROMOS – Funding Stays in Non-Erasmus Countries

Under the PROMOS programme, students can receive funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for stays of up to six months in non-Erasmus countries. The PROMOS scholarship is available to all German and international students who are enrolled in a programme (Bachelor’s, Master’s or state examination) at the University of Würzburg (except for non-degree seeking  and exchange students). If you are an international student, please be aware that stays in your home country are not eligible for funding under the programme. You cannot be considered for an award if you apply after your stay abroad has started.

 

The following activities are eligible for funding under the PROMOS programme:

  • Semesters abroad (in countries that are not Erasmus programme countries)
  • Research abroad for thesis projects (doctoral theses are not eligible)
  • Work placements in countries that are not Erasmus programme countries (minimum duration: 6 weeks)
  • Travel to competitions (e.g. NMUN) - please email us at promos@uni-wuerzburg.de to enquire about the conditions that must be met

If you are planning to spend two semesters abroad, you can apply for a DAAD Jahresstipendium grant or financial support for selected work placement from the DAAD. If you are doing a one-year student exchange at one of JMU’s partner universities, you can also apply for funding from the ‘Fonds Hochschule International’ fund.

You still have questions? The team at the International Students Office will be happy to speak to you in person! If you are a doctoral researcher, please contact your Graduate School directly.


Application deadline for stays

starting between 1 January and 30 June

10 December of the previous year

Application deadline for stays
starting between 1 July and 31 December

31 May of the same year

  • Study-abroad periods and thesis projects (1 to 6 months) in countries that are not Erasmus programme countries
  • Work placements (6 weeks to 6 months) in countries that are not Erasmus programme countries
  • Language courses as well as winter and summer schools cannot be funded.

The PROMOS scholarship is available to German nationals who are enrolled as regular full‑time student  in a programme at the University of Würzburg as well as to non-German nationals who are enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at the University of Würzburg (stays in their home countries are not eligible for funding under the programme).

Stays in countries or regions that are under a travel warning issued by the German Federal Foreign Office are not eligible for funding under the PROMOS programme. If a travel warning is issued during your stay, your funding may be stopped.

Students can receive funding under the PROMOS programme for multiple activities within one cycle of study (Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Magister, state examination), but the total funding period may not exceed 6 months per cycle.

You are a doctoral researcher? Please contact your Graduate School for more information.


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Support for travel costs and an allowance (rates to vary according to destination country). Financial support may also be provided in the form of partial scholarships. Tuition cannot be funded.

If you receive financial assistance under the German Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (Federal Training Assistance Act, BAföG), you will have to let your BAföG agency know that you have been awarded a PROMOS scholarship. The scholarship amount may be deducted from your BAföG payments.

General information

Awards are made based on a student’s scholarship application.

Criteria that will be taken into consideration include, but are not limited to

  • the applicant’s academic qualification and language skills,
  • the applicant’s letter of motivation, the relevance the stay abroad has to his/her degree as well as his/her commitment to academics and extracurricular activities.

Will I need to submit a language certificate in the local language spoken at my destination or in the language in which my course will be taught? You will need to submit a language certificate in the language in which your course will be taught. Proficiency in the local language spoken at your destination is an asset. If your course will be taught in German, you will need to submit a language certificate in the local language.

Language certificates are valid for one year from the date of issue. The English/Spanish/etc. grade from your higher education entrance qualification will not be accepted as evidence of your language proficiency.

For more information about language certificates, click here (information sheet available in German only).

The PROMOS scholarship programme is designed to help students with the costs of a study, work or research abroad experience. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the scholarship is awarded to students who meet the eligibility criteria defined by the DAAD. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and award decisions made by the University of Würzburg. The scholarship is offered subject to availability of funds. Even if they meet all eligibility criteria, applicants have no legal entitlement to a PROMOS scholarship. The scholarship does not consider an applicant’s financial need.

 

Note:

If you want to apply for funding for a work placement, please fill in the form you can download here (‘Ersatz-Formular für Moveon’, available in German only)!