Frequently Asked Questions
Is the scholarship only geared towards foreign students 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 if I have already obtained a master’s degree? Yes, you are allowed to apply, provided you obtained your master’s degree at a university outside of Germany.
I already started my master’s programme at Goethe University. Can I apply for another programme in addition and then 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 which is located abroad (e.g. the German Jordanian University)? Yes, you are, if two thirds of your credit points were obtained abroad.
Do I need German proficiency in order 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 and contact the respective contact person for further questions.
When do scholarship recipients receive their first monthly scholarship award? The first payment can be expected in October.
Do scholarship recipients receive a fixed amount every month? Scholarship recipients receive a monthly stipend of € 1,000 for the standard period of his/her master’s programme at Goethe University (generally two years; please note that for some programmes the standard period of study is one year only, e.g. for Sinology and History).
Do I need a German bank account for this purpose? Yes.
Aside from the Goethe Goes Global Scholarship, are there other funding resources available in Germany? 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):
- DAAD funding guide: funding-guide.de
- German Federal Law on Support in Education: Funding for students whose parents live in Germany but are not able to provide financial support for their children to attend university: www.bafög.de (information in German only)
- German Federal Law on Support in Education: There are some few options for foreign students to receive this support as well: www.bafoeg-aktuell.de/bafoeg/bafoeg-fuer-auslaender.html (information in German only)
- A student loan: www.studentenwerk-magdeburg.de/en/finances/kfw-student-loans/ (for German citizens only)
For more information, see 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 or any other public university 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 related leaflet.
Do I have to pay back the scholarship? No. If your studies progress successfully you do not have to pay back the scholarship. If your studies do not progress successfully and if you fail to submit a mandatory progress report after the first half of your programme on time, payment of the monthly stipend might not continue. In some cases, the university may demand repayment.
Can I apply for other sources of funding at the same time? You may, if the institution which offers you the other scholarship agrees to this, too. However, the amount you receive from other scholarships will be deducted from the monthly amount you receive from Goethe University’s Goethe Goes Global scholarship.
Where do I apply for the scholarship and what documents are required?
Most programmes require you to apply through uni-assist. For a limited number of programmes (e.g. Biophysics) the respective department itself is in charge and the documents have to be sent there. Each programme page informs you if you have to apply online or through the department. See here.
The application for uni-assist 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. But this is not a problem: The Master Portal will automatically indicate if your application is incomplete because only complete applications can be submitted.
The two recommendation letters are to be included in the application material you submit to uni-assist (in case uni-assist is not in charge of your application, e.g. in the case of Biophysics please send it to the department; see MasterPortal)
You can find the list of additional application documents for the GGG scholarship on this website.
Please note that you have to submit certified copies of specific documents (e.g. your University certificate) for the master’s programme application via post. However, this is not required for the application documents for the Goethe Goes Global Scholarship. It is sufficient to upload your CV, your letter of motivation and your recommendation letters in the MasterPortal (in case uni-assist is not in charge of your application please send it to the department; see MasterPortal)
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 department or research organization.
Do I have to submit the motivation letter for the scholarship application anew, even if I have already written a motivation letter for the master’s programme application? Yes, you have to write a separate motivation letter for the scholarship. Please use the provided template. However, if there are identical questions, you may copy and paste the answers for the scholarship application.
Do I have to name a research unit in the activities of which I want to be involved in while being enrolled in the Master programme of my choice?
No, but it is certainly worthwile to consider your options. See here the list of those consecutive Master programmes which are embedded in our strongest research units. You will see which individual options are available for the Master programme of your choice (please note that for some programmes there is no option for such an involvement).
Will I be notified if my scholarship application is incomplete? Only complete applications are accepted. We do not guarantee that we will contact you if your file is incomplete.
I see that enrolment for some master’s programmes takes place either in the fall or in the summer term. My program allows me to start in the summer term. Can I apply for the scholarship in the summer term? No. When you apply for the GGG scholarship, you can only apply for the winter semester. One exception is the GSEFM programme (see GSEFM submission rules here.
Deadlines and information on application results
When is the deadline for the Goethe Goes Global Scholarship? The scholarship deadline expires on the same date as the application deadline of the master's programme you apply for, i.e. you should submit your application for the degree programme and for the scholarship at the same time. For example, if the programme application deadline for Molecular Biotechnology is July 15th, the deadline for the Goethe Goes Global Scholarship is also July 15th.
Is the deadline met if the application carries the postal date stamp of the due date? No. The application is only accepted online either before or on the deadline date for the chosen master's programme.
When will I be informed if I was admitted to the master’s programme and if my application for the scholarship was successful? The admission notifications for the master's programmes with the application deadline July 15th are usually sent out at the end of August. The admission notifications for the master's programmes with an application deadline after July 15th are sent out in September. Please note that this indication is subject to change and that there are exceptions for some master’s programmes. You can find more information on the individual deadlines here.
If you are select as a scholarship holder, we do our best to facilitate your arrival in Germany on time. All of the players involved (you, your professors and the university administration) wish that you are here in Frankfurt at the beginning of the semester (October 1st) and at the latest when the lectures begin (mid-October).
If you need a student visa, we advise you to contact the German consulate in your country as early as possible, as you might have to wait for an appointment. Please see the relevant website about the requirements and timelines.
If it is foreseeable that the visa procedure takes longer, please inform us and the coordinator of your Master’s programme immediately about the situation so that we can see how to support you best.
In case you are wondering whether you should accept the place at the university before you have received a notification about the scholarship application, we recommend to do so. If you do not receive the scholarship and do not have other funds to support your stay here, you can still withdraw the and most of the administration fee will be refunded to your account (the university will retain 80€ for administrative costs). Please do not miss the official deadline for enrollment. Failure to do so might result in a denial of your visa application.
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 the programmes that require you to apply directly through their department, please contact the department for assistance (see GU-Master’s portal for indications if uni-assist or the department is in charge for your programme)
Otherwise you can contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions about the application process. For questions about the scholarship please write an e-mail to: email@example.com.
During your studies as a Goethe Goes Global scholar
Am I allowed to work during my studies if I receive the Goethe Goes Global scholarship? Yes, although it is not recommended as the completion of a programme within 24 months (12 months in some cases, e.g. Sinology and History) may be difficult 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 back parts of the scholarship? You will have to explain the reasons for your decision to discontinue your studies and must let us know immediately. Unfortunately, in this case you will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship in the future.
Will I have a mentor whom I can contact if I have 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. An academic mentor will help you with subject related questions.
Do I have to submit additional documents proving my successful progress during my studies? After you have completed the first half of your programme, you will have to submit a progress report (incl. transcript of records) proving your successful performance in the master’s programme in order to receive further funding (for some programmes e.g. Sinology and History the standard period of studies is one year. It is not necessary for these programmes to submit a progress report).
If I choose a particular research unit, does it mean I have to study the topic of this research unit during my master’s studies? As a matter of principal, you are only required 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.