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Graduation Scholarship for International Students

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Every semester, Bielefeld University awards graduation scholarships (formerly: Aid for final degree) to international students pursuing Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and State examinations. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and partners of Bielefeld University, this scholarship programme enables international students to focus on successfully completing their studies.

Target Group

Graduation scholarships are awarded to international students who meet the following criteria:

  • current financial need (e.g. if the studies have been (partially) financed by a job so far)
  • good to very good performance in the studies
  • submission of the final thesis within a maximum of 6 funding months
  • combinability with other scholarships will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
  • registered in Germany as well as bank account in Germany
  • completion phase will be spent mainly in (the surroundings of) Bielefeld

In addition, activities as a student or research assistant at Bielefeld University are not permitted during the funding period.

Scholarship Amount and Funding Period

  • Scholarship amount: at least 250,- € per month
  • Funding period: up to 6 months


  • For funding in the summer semester (funding begins in April), applications must be submitted by 15 January. You will usually receive a reply by 15 March at the latest.
  • For funding in the winter semester (funding begins in October), applications must be received by 15 July. Usually, you will receive a reply by 15 September at the latest.

Please allow sufficient time for your application and prepare the required documents early.

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • Curriculum vitae in table form current semester certificate
  • Current transcript of records by modules
  • a letter of recommendation from one of the supervisors of the thesis; please use the letter of recommendation form, which can also be sent directly by the lecturer to (Please note: lecturers need time to write the letter of recommendation, so contact your advisor as early as possible)
  • if you are reapplying for a graduation scholarship (renewal application): Scholarship Report

Incomplete applications will not be considered. After the deadline, it is no longer possible to submit additional documents. Please allow sufficient time for the preparation of all documents.

Online Application

Applications for funding in the Summer semester 2024 are possible until 15.01.24. Please click here for an application.

Please read the information on this page carefully before applying and take care of preparing your documents and your application in time.

Contact for Questions

Do you have any questions? Please contact the Team Services of the International Office: You can find the current counselling hours here.

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