Frequently Asked Questions


Is the scholarship geared towards foreign students only or can German students apply as well?
Both German and foreign students can apply. All applicants need to have completed at least two thirds of their Bachelor’s degree (or another equivalent or higher degree) at a university outside of Germany and meet the other conditions mentioned on the website.

I already started my Master’s degree at another German university, can I still apply for the scholarship programme? 
Goethe University gives preference to candidates who are not enrolled in another German university.

Am I allowed to apply when I already have a Master’s degree?
Yes, you are allowed to apply, provided you obtained the Master’s degree at a university outside of Germany.

I already study at Goethe University Frankfurt, can I still apply for another programme in addition or a different programme and thus for the scholarship?
No, unfortunately, this is not possible.

Can I apply with a double degree (B.Sc. or B.A.) obtained at a German and a university abroad? 
It depends. You are allowed to apply, if two thirds of your credit points were obtained abroad.

Am I allowed to apply with a degree from a German university abroad (e.g. the German Jordanian University)?
Yes, you are, if two thirds of your credit points were obtained abroad.

Do I have to know German to apply?
It depends on the individual Master's programme. Please have a look at the respective website of the chosen Master's degree programme.

Financial Matters

When do scholarship holders receive the first monthly payment?
First payment is envisaged for October 2017.

Do scholarship holders receive a fixed amount every month?
Scholarship holders receive a monthly stipend of € 1,000 for the standard period of his/her Master programme at Goethe University (generally two years, in the case of Sinology and History one year).

Do I need a German bank account for this purpose?

Are there are possibilities for funding if I am not a scholarship holder in the Goethe Goes Global scholarship programme?
Yes, there are other sources of funding. However, these sources are usually limited to a certain group of students (e.g. students who are citizens of EU countries). Please check the following options (Goethe University is not responsible for the content of the websites indicated below):

For more information, see the Goethe University’s leaflet about scholarships

Many students work part-time to finance their studies and benefit from the fact that there are no tuition fees at Goethe University and other public universities in Germany. For tips on how to find a student job in Germany and the rules that apply for international students working here, please see the Goethe University’s leaflet

Do I have to pay the scholarship back?
No. If your studies progress successfully you do not have to pay back the scholarship. If the studies do not progress successfully and/or reporting obligations have not been fulfilled, payment of the monthly stipend might not continue. In specific cases, repayment may be claimed. 

Can I apply for other sources of funding?
You may, but the amount you receive from other scholarship programmes will be deducted from the monthly amount you receive from Goethe University’s Goethe goes Global scholarship programme.


Where do I have to apply for the scholarship and which documents are needed?
The application has to be submitted via Goethe University’s MasterPortal. Open the application form for the Master's programme of your choice and you will be guided to the Scholarship application. Please be aware, that it is not possible for us to send confirmations regarding the completeness of your application. The Master Portal will indicate, if your application is incomplete, because only complete applications can be submitted.

The two recommendation letters are to be sent by the referees via e-mail to the following email-address:

You can find the list of additional application documents for the GGG scholarship on this website.

Please note that for the individual Master’s programmes you have to hand in certified copies of the admission documents also via post. However, this is not required for the application documents for the scholarship programme. It is sufficient to upload your CV and your letter of motivation in the MasterPortal and send the recommendation letters via e-mail.

Exception: If you apply for the Master programmes Biophysics or Quantitative Economics, Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Management, Quantitative Marketing you have to hand in the application documents for the the Master's programme and the scholarship to the coordinator of the Master's programme at the respective department (more information on the Graduate School of Economics and Finance GSEFM below)  

Who can write a letter of recommendation for me?
Your referee should be a professor or a person with similar qualifications, e.g. an academic working in a research unit.

Do I have to submit the motivation letter for the scholarship application anew, even if I have already filled out a motivation letter for the application for the programme?
Yes, you have to. Please use the provided template. However, if there are identical questions, you may copy and paste the answers for the scholarship application.

Will I be informed if the set of documents which I have submitted is not complete?
Only complete sets of documents are accepted. We do not guarantee that we will contact you if your file is incomplete.

It is possible to apply for some of the Master programmes twice a year (for the summer semester and for the winter semester), is it also possible to apply for the scholarship twice a year?
No, you can only apply for the winter semester except for GSEFM (see GSEFM website below).

For GSEFM applicants only

I am applying for both the Master’s and Ph.D. program. Am I eligible to receive the scholarship?
Yes, those students admitted to the Ph.D. programs are also simultaneously enrolled in the corresponding track of the MSQ Program and are therefore eligible to receive this scholarship.

Where do I have to send the application documents for the scholarship, since GSEFM students do not apply via the MasterPortal?
You have to send all documents to the GSEFM. You do not need to apply via the MasterPortal (uni-assist)!

Can I use the letter of evaluation form of the GSEFM Master application for the scholarship?
Yes, however, they have to be filled out by academic staff (i.e. your referee) and not by yourself.

Do I need any further documents for the scholarship application, which are not needed for my application at the GSEFM?
Yes, you need to fill out the specific letter of motivation for the scholarship provided here, a tabular CV and both letters of evaluation must be submitted by professors or other academic staff members.

Is it enough if I fulfill the language competency requirements of the GSEFM?
Yes, language competencies always need to match the teaching language of the chosen Master's programme.

Deadlines and information on application results

When is the deadline for the Master Scholarship? 
The scholarship deadline will differ depending on which Master's programme you are applying to - the application deadline for both the programme and the scholarship are the same (examples: Molecular Biotechnology: 15th July for the Master Programme and for the Scholarship; Chemistry: 15th August for the Master Programme and for the Scholarship).

Is the deadline met if the application carries the postmark of the due date?
No, the application will be online and has to be completed on or before the date indicated for the individual Master's programme.

When will I be informed if I was admitted to the Master programme and if my application for the scholarship was successful?
The admission for the Master's programmes with the application deadline 15th of July will take place at the end of August usually. The admission for the Master's programmes with an application deadline later than the 15th of July will take place in September.

The final decisions on the scholarship applications will be taken at the end of September. Afterwards we will inform every applicant.

Where can I get assistance if I have problems with the online application?
You can contact uni-assist. Uni-assist is responsible for the Online Application Portal.

Exception: For Biophysics and Quantitative Economics, Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Management, Quantitative Marketing please contact the respective programme coordinator.

Otherwise you can contact us by sending an e-mail to for general questions about the application process. For questions about the scholarship please write to:

During the studies (while being enrolled as a student and scholarship holder)

Am I allowed to work next to my studies if I get the scholarship?
Yes, although it is not recommended as the completion of the programme within 24 months (12 months for Sinology and History) may be hard to achieve. In any case, it is not allowed to work more than twenty hours a week on average.

What happens if I unexpectedly quit my studies before I graduate – do I have to pay parts of the scholarship back?
You will have to explain the reasons for your quit and must indicate it to us immediately. You will not be eligible for another application within the framework of Goethe Goes Global anymore.

Will I have a mentor whom I can pursue with questions and problems?
A student buddy and a mentor will be assigned to you. The student buddy is able to help you with getting to know the university and help you with general questions. The mentor will help you with subject specific questions.

Do I have to hand in additional documents proving my successful performance during my studies?
After you have completed the first half of the study period, you will have to submit a transcript of records proving your successful performance, in order to receive further funding (for Sinology and History after six months and for the remaining degree programmes after one year).

If I choose a particular research unit, does it mean I have to study the topic of this research unit during my master studies?
Principally, you are only obliged to follow the rules of your Master’s programme. However, it is highly desirable and beneficial for your career if you use this as a chance to contribute to your research field of interest.