FAQ – Frequently asked questions regarding the scholarship for refugees

Who can assist me with the application or if I have questions?
We will be happy to assist you with your application! You can reach us at Tel.: 02304.755363 or via e-mail at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

When will I receive a scholarship?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide financial aid to all of the applicants. We do not have the financial resources. Therefore there will be a selection process after the applications have been received. During the selection process we will decide who is most suitable for the Ev. Studienwerk and our scholarship program. The selection process and criteria is based on our mission statement.

By what date do I have to apply?
There are two application deadlines annually: for a scholarship for the winter semester, you will have to apply by March 01. For a scholarship effective the summer semester, by September 01.

Questions regarding the selection process:

What is the process subsequent to submitting the application?
After we have received your application, we will review it and contact you. Thereafter you will still have an opportunity to submit additional documents. You can contact us at any time to ask about your current application status.
Once your application is completed, it will be reviewed by a selection committee. The committee will decide if you will be invited for a personal interview. The interviews will be conducted twice per year; always in February and in July.

What takes place during the selection interview?
A selection interview takes approx. 45 minutes and is based on your application documentation. Discussion topics for example could include your academic studies, you future plans, your interests or social topics as well. The committee consists of 3 people and the interview is conducted in German language. You will receive additional information if you are invited for an interview.
Based on this interview, the committee will decide who will be admitted to the scholarship program sponsored by the Ev. Studienwerks. Since our resources are limited, we unfortunately will not be able to admit all applicants to the scholarship program.

Questions regarding the requirements:

Who can apply for a scholarship/financial aid for refugees?
The support program addresses students who fled their native country. In addition, you must belong to the group of people we are able to support according to §8 BAföG. Please contact us so we can make the determination. Just send us the copy of the document showing your residence status to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Who is eligible according to §8 BAföG?
Generally people who are in possession of a residence permit pursuant to §§ 22, 23 paragraph 1, 2 or 4, §§ 23a, § 25 paragraph 1 or 2, §§ 25a and 25b and § 104a, Residence Act, as well as a residence permit pursuant to § 25 paragraph 3, paragraph 4 sentence 2 or paragraph 5, including a 15 month residence in Germany or a residence permit pursuant to § 30 or §§32 to 34 Residence Act. Unfortunately, persons in possession of a residence permit pursuant to § 55 Asylum Procedure Law are not eligible for assistance.

Do I have to be of Protestant or Christian faith?
No. We are consciously providing financial aid to students with diverse religious beliefs and denominations, because we would like to learn and profit from the exchange of the diverse viewpoints. Of course all of our religious content offers are strictly voluntary.

Can I also apply if I do not have a confirmed placement at a University?
Yes. However, we can only schedule an interview after we are in receipt of a confirmed placement at a University.

What type of language proficiency do I have to have?
You must be able to verify German language proficiency on level C1 or a comparable qualification.

Can I apply for higher level academic semesters as well?
Yes. You may apply if you have not exceeded the 3rd academic semester. It is not possible to apply for the scholarship program for a Master’s Degree only. If you have had to take additional language or academic courses during the course of your studies, please contact us. Perhaps an exception from this rule can be made.

What are presence or fulltime course of studies?
The course of studies require the presence at the University and a study course load of 40 hours per week. We will be happy to review if this applies for your degree studies. Unfortunately we are not able to provide support for remote, part-time and dual course studies.

Questions regarding the application forms:

What should I enter in the residence title/status field?
Please enter the residential status/title that is listed on your ID card or your residence permit. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact us.

What does religion / church / denomination mean?
Please list your religious beliefs, the church you attend and/or your denomination. You may also enter “not applicable” if it applies to you.

Which transcripts and certificates should I submit?
The primary focus would be on final transcripts/diplomas from schools and Universities, but you can also submit intermittent transcripts or letters of reference from employers. Anything enabling us to get to know you better will be helpful.

What does supporting the application mean?
Supporting documents are references regarding your person which contain information about your professional and interdisciplinary capabilities. For example, references from University professors that know you well, or from persons working in organizations you are also involved with. These references support your application by demonstrating the competencies you bring to the table. References also confirm your professional and interdisciplinary capabilities. Such as, the ability to work on a team or communication skills.
> Template reference support [PDF]

Has your question not been answered here? Please contact us. You can reach us at Tel.: 02304.755363 or via e-mail at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!