Within the scope of the Bologna reform, a central goal is to increase student mobility. The purpose of the PROMOS mobility programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or DAAD) is to help meet this goal with scholarships for short-term stays abroad funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The partial scholarships (up to six months with no extension possible) are intended for students of all academic disciplines who possess German citizenship, as well as people who are equated as German citizens in accordance with section § 8, paragraph 1, item 2 ff., paragraph 2, 2a and 3 State Grants (in this case the text of the German statute applies; go to: www.das-neue-bafoeg.de). More information is available at: Assistance in determining eligibility to apply. NEW: Non-German students can also receive financial assistance if they are enrolled in a THM degree course and intend to graduate. Stays in one's home country are excluded.

Financial aid is provided as a partial scholarship to cover the costs of the stay abroad for placements worldwide related to degree courses, internships and foreign language learning. Generally speaking THM provides no assistance for travel costs to countries inside Europe.

Only in exceptional cases can funding be made available for placements at European universities. Contact the International Office to find out which universities this applies to.


Grant period: 1 January 2017  - 31 December 2017 (possible extension to 28 February 2018)

Financial aid categories

Degree related and research scholarships (1 to 6 months)
Support is available for both short-term stays (such as final thesis preparation) as well as stays up to one semester as part of the student's degree. In 2015 the monthly partial scholarships amounted to 300 euros (400 euros in some countries; cf. the flat rates listed at the end of this page). The selection committee shall decide how many months assistance will be provided for and whether travel expenses are to be approved.

The amount provided for travel expenses depends on the destination country and can be found in the DAAD's list of grant rates (see below).  Aid for tuition fees is not available. Scholarships for a semester at universities within Europe are only possible where there is NO ERASMUS+ cooperation programme.

Internships (6 weeks to 6 months)
Aid at the rates mentioned above and/or grants for travel expenses are available for internships. The selection committee shall decide how many months assistance will be provided for and whether travel expenses are to be approved. This applies in particular to paid internships.

Due to overlaps with the ERASMUS+ internship programme, aid for internships in EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Turkey can only be provided if you have already obtained a grant for an ERASMUS internship.

Foreign language courses (3 weeks to 6 months)
Financial aid can be made available for foreign language courses at foreign universities worldwide. The selection committee shall decide how many months assistance will be provided for and whether travel expenses are to be approved. Aid for courses in English as a foreign language is only available for special purpose English courses. In addition financial aid is only available for common world languages if advanced competence has been achieved. The monthly amount of the partial scholarship and travel expenses corresponds to the rates for degree related and research or internship placements. Students can also apply for a one-time payment of €500 for course fees.

Special subject courses (up to 6 weeks)
Aid can be provided for special subject courses offered worldwide by universities and science organizations The monthly amount of the partial scholarship and travel expenses corresponds to the rates for degree related and research or internship placements. Students can also apply for a one-time payment of €500 for course fees.

Applications

Application deadlines
- for grants in the 2017-18 autumn semester: 26 May 2017
- for grants from January 2018: (expected date) 30 November 2017 (calls for applications to follow in 2017-18 autumn semester)

Please submit all documents by the stipulated deadline (originals and in electronic form) to the International Office of the TH Mittelhessen either in person or by mail. Address correspondence to: TH Mittelhessen, International Office, Wiesenstr. 14, 35390 Giessen; please turn in all documents attached with a paperclip (not in a folder). Both originals and the electronic version must be received by the deadline. The application will otherwise be regarded as having missed the stipulated deadline.

If you turn in your documents at another office besides the International Office, ensure that your documents receive a date received stamp; otherwise your application will not be accepted.

Originals must always be submitted. Don't forget to bring them with you when submitting your documents in person.

Application form (signature in the original document) as well as the documents listed below.

In addition please send electronic versions of all documents to the International Office (combined in one pdf file having an average resolution and a maximum file size of 1.5 MB).

Documents

  • Tabular CV (German or English) including information on spare-time work, social commitments and previous stays abroad (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of purpose or description of intentions abroad (in German or English, informal, max. of one page): Explain why you have decided on the planned stay abroad, what your goals are, why your stay abroad is important for your degree course and how you have prepared or will prepare for the stay abroad (for instance in terms of foreign language or subject specific study).
  • Enrolment confirmation
  • Current transcript (self calculated, weighted) average mark
  • Current (not more than 2 years old) certificate of foreign language proficiency e.g. DAAD certificate (available from the Language Centre; registration)
  • For semester abroad mobility type: learning agreement / degree course (cf. "downloads") and confirmation of acceptance of the guest institution
  • For internship abroad mobility type: department transfer-confirmation, (informal) internship acceptance and clear indication of credit
  • Students without German citizenship:  copy of passport or copy of residence permit

Selection criteria: Students are selected by a selection committee after a review of the formal criteria. The committee meets around one month after the application deadline. Aid cannot begin until the committee has reached a decision.

The following criteria are considered in the evaluation process: average mark or score, foreign language proficiency, social commitment, spare time jobs to finance one's degree, the relevance of the stay abroad, statement of purpose and financial burden where necessary.

After being accepted to the programme students must take part in an intercultural training seminar.

2017 Promos grant rates

Keep in mind: dual aid, i.e. a combination with other scholarships, is not possible. Recipients of state grants (BaföG) are excluded from lump-sum travel expenses since these costs are already covered in the state grants for stays abroad. PROMOS can only be combined with the 'Deutschlandstipendium' (Germany Scholarship). For a large number of qualified applications, paid internships (from net earnings of €800 per month) are not given first priority status or can be excluded from aid approval.