Receive a PROMOS scholarship for study-related stays abroad for up to six months! PROMOS awards scholarships for the following activities:
General Requirements for funding:
PROMOS is a scholarship program established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It provides German universities with funds to finance short stays abroad in order to enhance the mobility of students.
In the funding line "Study Abroad", study stays at foreign universities can be funded - both at partner universities of Goethe University and for self-organized semesters abroad as a freemover.
In the funding line "Research Abroad", research stays worldwide can be funded that are prescribed in the curriculum of a degree program or serve to prepare a final thesis.
In the funding line "Internship abroad", internships abroad outside the Erasmus+ area can be funded.
In the funding line "Language courses abroad", language courses worldwide at universities or established language institutes can be funded.
In the funding line " Specialized Courses Abroad" the participation in summer/winter schools or workshops at universities abroad can be funded.
Here you will find frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us for further questions and advice.
PROMOS funding can be awarded for up to six months per study period - i.e. for a maximum of 6 months each in the Bachelor's and Master's programs. Renewed PROMOS funding is possible if:
Yes, study-related stays in Switzerland can be funded with PROMOS, as Switzerland is not an Erasmus+ program country.
You can submit all application documents for PROMOS in German as well as in English.
Knowledge of the working or study language or the national language must be certified. No specific language level is required, although a B2 level is considered a reasonable minimum level to be able to study and work successfully in the target country. With a higher language level, you will receive more points in the evaluation of the selection committee, if applicable. A maximum of 10 points will be awarded for language competence.
Exception: in the funding line "Language courses abroad" an A1 language level is sufficient.
We strongly recommend that you take out the following insurances:
As a PROMOS scholarship holder, you have access to the inexpensive DAAD group insurance, which offers a comprehensive all-inclusive package - which also covers pandemic cases, among other things.
We strive to deliver the selection decision as soon as possible after the application deadline. You can expect to hear back no later than eight weeks after the deadline.
The PROMOS scholarship supports study-related stays abroad with accommodation and travel allowances. The lump sums are set by the DAAD on a binding annual basis. A maximum of six months can be funded.
You can find more information here.
In general, we accept all language certificates that:
For details, please refer to the application instructions for the individual funding lines.
We have compiled the exact regulations for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in detail here.
The following applies for the program year 2021: PROMOS funding is possible even if the German Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for tourists due to the Covid 19 pandemic - but at your own risk. Digital mobilities from Germany are also eligible under certain conditions.
Goethe University receives an annually varying budget from the DAAD to run the PROMOS program. In addition to the available budget, the probability of funding depends on the number and quality of the applications submitted.
On average over the last five years, about 30%-35% of all applications could be considered.
Please note that PROMOS is a classic merit-based scholarship. Academic performance is the most weighty category in the selection decision, accounting for 40%.
More information about the selection criteria and the selection committee can be found here.
The PROMOS scholarship is designed as a merit scholarship and therefore focuses on the academic performance of the applicants. Here you can find the detailed breakdown of the selection criteria.
In general, you will need a language certificate for the working language at your host institution. If you apply for a study abroad, you will have to issue a language certificate for the taught language of your courses. If you apply for an internship, you will have to hand in a certificate for the working language in your host company/institution.
There is a possibility to complete a free language certificate issued by Goethe University, the so-called Language Proficiency Certificate (see contact information here). You can also complete one of the many language certificates using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. We also accept the Duolingo Test. But we do not accept language certificates older than two years.
If you are part of a bilingual or English-speaking degree program, you may use the language certificate you used to apply for this degree program (even if it is older than two years).
If you are selected for a study abroad, your coordinator for exchange at your faculty at Goethe University can issue you a confirmation of your nomination. You can hand in this confirmation or the original confirmation by your host university or the nomination mail which is sent by the faculty.
If you are going to do an internship, please submit a confirmation by your host employer. A copy of an confirming e-mail is sufficient if it includes the relevant contact information (you may include a screenshot).
The final funding amount will be calculated by the Global Office and communicated in writing in the scholarship agreement.
In case of a large number of applications, the Global Office reserves the right to support selected scholarship holders either with a partial scholarship OR a travel grant in order to support as many applicants as possible. It is also possible to shorten the funding period.
In principle, double funding from public funds for the same funding purpose is excluded. Please contact us at an early stage to check whether scholarships can be combined in individual cases.
The selection of the scholarship holders is based on the written application documents by a selection committee consisting of representatives of the International Office, the teaching staff of Goethe University and a student representative, according to the following criteria:
In accordance with the Notification Ordinance (https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bundesrecht/mv/gesamt.pdf ), Goethe University Frankfurt will inform your responsible tax office annually of the corresponding payments in the event of recurring payments or if the sum of the payments exceeds €1,500.
The recipient of the payment is responsible for fulfilling tax recording and declaration obligations with regard to the income (§12 MV). Information on the tax exemption of scholarships can be found under §3 No.44 of the Income Tax Act.
The prerequisite for a PROMOS application is the acceptance of a host institution (university, internship provider, etc.). With this you can initiate your PROMOS application.
If you have a confirmation for a stay abroad, please check whether PROMOS funding is generally possible (see: PROMOS application instructions or the application instructions per funding line).
Please also note the application deadlines!
You are welcome to contact us for advice if you have any questions.
Parallel to compiling the application documents, you can already create an application account. After completing the application form, you will automatically receive an application account on the Mobility online platform. Here you will have to upload all the required application documents.
After you have uploaded all documents and we have confirmed that we have received the review, please confirm the completion of your application in your application account. Only applications that have been confirmed to be complete can be considered. All application documents must be received by the deadline.
As described in the scholarship agreement, the PROMOS scholarship requires final documents. These must be submitted after the end of your mobility - no later than eight weeks after your return to Germany. If you fail to meet the deadline, we can demand the full scholarship back. We will remind you by e-mail to submit the final documents by the deadline.
The graduation documents consist of:
1. the Participation Certificate, with which the host institution in the destination country confirms the actual period of stay. This should be uploaded to the application account as soon as possible after the end of your mobility.
2. the Experience Report, in which you report on your experiences abroad based on our template. The aim is that your experience report will help other students in planning and carrying out a stay abroad.