Financial assistance

Important:
Before you start your study program, you need to have financial resources that can cover the entire period of your program. The number of scholarships is rather limited and in most cases can cover only a part of your living expenses for a short period of time.

Financial assistance for students

Database for stipends and funding:

To the database

ELFI

ELFI is an information brokerage system which supports its users in keeping up-to-date information on funding opportunities referring to the original data source:
www.elfi.info

Financial assistance for doctoral students

Interim Financial Aid for Doctoral Candidates

In exceptional cases international doctoral candidates can apply for an interim financial aid during the final period of their docotoral studies.

The application can be obtained from the International Center. This type of financial aid is granted to those students who

  1. are in a situation of financial emergency for which they themselves are not responsible,
  2. have sucessfully carried out their doctoral studies and are expected to finish thier doctoral studies within the next 6 months,
  3. have a well-founded prospect of finishing their doctoral studies successfully.

Due to the high number of applicants, an avarage amount of 2 months is usually granted.

The selection of stipends is done by a committee that consists of representatives of the International Center and the Graduate Center of CAU.

Contact at Kiel University
International Center
Jan Bensien
Tel.: 0431-880 3716

More information about financial assistance for doctoral students on the website of the Graduate Center of Kiel Univesity

Programs of the International Center

1. Interim Financial Aid (Überbrückungsbeihilfe or Abschlussbeihilfe of the DAAD)

In exceptional cases international students from outside the EU can apply for an interim financial aid during the final examination period. Students who are married to an EU-citizen or who have an unlimited residency permit for an EU-country cannot apply for the programme.

The application can be obtained from the International Center. This type of financial aid is granted to those students who

  1. are in a situation of financial emergency for which they themselves are not responsible,
  2. have sucessfully carried out their studies, and
  3. have a well-founded prospect of passing their examinations by the end of the given financial assistance period.
     

The interim financial aid can be granted before the final examinations (i.e. Bachelor, Master, Staatsexemen ). Due to the high number of applicants, an avarage amount of 3 months is usually granted. Certain exceptions apply to medical students. Additional information, including the necessary application forms, are available at the International Offices of Universities in Schleswig-Holstein.

The selection of stipends is done by a committee that consists of representatives of the International Center of CAU, the Studentenwerk and the AStA.

Contact at Kiel University
International Center
Jan Bensien
Tel.: 0431-880 3716
 

2. Interim Financial Aid for Doctoral Candidates

In exceptional cases international doctoral candidates can apply for an interim financial aid during the final period of their docotoral studies.

The application can be obtained from the International Center. This type of financial aid is granted to those students who

  1. are in a situation of financial emergency for which they themselves are not responsible,
  2. have sucessfully carried out their doctoral studies and are expected to finish thier doctoral studies within the next 6 months,
  3. have a well-founded prospect of finishing their doctoral studies successfully.

Due to the high number of applicants, an avarage amount of 2 months is usually granted.

The selection of stipends is done by a committee that consists of representatives of the International Center and the Graduate Center of CAU.

Contact at Kiel University
International Center
Jan Bensien
Tel.: 0431-880 3716
 

3. Stipends of the DAAD for students and doctoral candidates who are exceptionally involved in international activities

In exceptional cases international students and doctoral candidates can apply for a stipend when they are involved in international acivities that support the integration of international students.

This type of financial aid is granted to those students who

  1. have sucessfully carried out their studies and
  2. show exceptionally involvement in the international context of CAU, especially in helping with the integration of international students and doctoral candidates in close cooperation with the International Center.

The selection of stipends is done by a committee that consists of representatives of the International Center and the Graduate Center of CAU (for doctoral candidates) and the Studentenwerk (for students).

Contact at Kiel University
International Center
Jan Bensien
Tel.: 0431-880 3716

University Endowments

There is a limited number of endowments at the University that offer financial assistance also for international students:

More about University Endowments

Deutschlandstipendium

In the course of the "Deutschlandstipendienprogramm", students at all levels of their study program and from all fields of study,  can receive a one-year grant with a monthly stipend of Euro 300,-- . Eccelent academic qualifications are necessary.

More about the Deutschlandstipendium at Kiel University

Student Parishes and Organizations

Financial aid packages similar to the interim financial aid are granted by the Protestant and Catholic student parishes. In addition, an organization sponsoring international students in Kiel offers financial assistance to students in difficult situations. These organizations can be contacted through the International Center.

 

Förderung nach dem Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAFöG)

Information is provided by the  BAFöG-Amt
Tue 13.00-16.30 h
Thu   9.00-12.30 h
Studentenhaus, Westring 385 or at (German only)
To the website of the Studentenwerk

Other Academic Stipends

Various academic stipends are also available for international students who are not eligable for a BAFöG grant. Several foundations offer such stipends, for example the German Academic Exchange Service Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD); however, these stipends are awarded only in a few exceptional cases to students who have already begun their studies at a German university.

"Quick and tiny" : funding student research (Research Affairs of CAU)

Scholarship Programme of the City of Kiel for students from Kiel’s Twin Cities for studying at Kiel University

The City of Kiel has a longstanding tradition of offering scholarships for a 10-month study period at Kiel University. The regulations for these scholarships have recently been modified. Now, students from universities in Kiel’s twin cities are eligible for applying. The scholarships aim at fostering the close relationship between the City of Kiel and its twin cities as well as at supporting talented international students in order to strengthen their interest in academic study and research. Starting from the summer semester 2019, scholarships for one semester are also possible.

For each academic year, eight semester scholarships or four full-year scholarships are available.

Only students who have been nominated by their home universities are able to apply. Thus, direct applications are not possible.

Further information regarding application requirements and procedures (pdf)

Besides, more information can be obtained at the international offices of the home universities. Exclusively international students from the following list of universities are eligible for applying for the scholarship programme of the City of Kiel:

  • Aarhus University/Denmark
  • Tallinn University/Estonia
  • Tallinn University of Technology/Estonia
  • Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad/Russia
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest/France
  • The University of Warwick, Coventry/United Kingdom
  • Coventry University/United Kingdom
  • University of Vaasa/Finland
  • University of Business and Administration, Gdynia/Poland
  • Gdynia Maritime University/Poland
  • Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun/Turkey
  • University of California, San Francisco/USA
  • San Francisco State University/USA