Date: 26 June 2020
The following set of regulations for different possible constellations applies to scholar-ship holders from abroad who have received a Letter of Award from DAAD for a period of study, research visit or practical experience in Germany and who wish to take up their scholarship from July 2020. Please note: The options that are open to you (e.g. the possi-bility of starting your scholarship project in your home country) depend on the respective funding programme. You will be informed about possible options by your programme department. If you have any questions, please contact your programme department.
Information about entering Germany is available under and/or directly from your programme de-partment. If you have any concerns about entering the country, please contact the pro-gramme department before your planned departure.
- It is possible to travel to Germany (e.g. flights are available).
- There is no entry ban for your country of origin.
If teaching at the German host university initially only takes place online and/or academic supervision is offered remotely, we advise you travel to Germany nonetheless, if this is possible without any problems and if no visa is required. If you require a visa and this is not be granted because the German host university is offering only online teaching, you may be able to take up your scholarship remotely or postpone your scholarship starting date (see below).
Given the uncertainty surrounding international travel, we advise you to book your trip at short notice.
The regular scholarship benefits, as described in the Call for Applications and specified in the Letter of Award, will be paid. If a preparatory language course is planned, this will probably be offered online and should therefore be completed from your home country. During this period, only the course fees and no other benefits will be paid.
In this case, there are two options for some scholarship programmes: scholarship deferment or start of scholarship period online:
In many programmes, scholarships which were due to start from July 2020 can be deferred, usually by a maximum of six months, in agreement with the host university or institution and with the approval of DAAD. If you wish to defer your scholarship start date, please contact the DAAD department that is responsible for your programme. Separate information will be provided for programmes with different regulations.
DAAD offers scholarship holders in some programmes the alternative option of initially starting their projects online from their country of origin. If you wish to start your project online ("Online start"), the following points must be clarified first:
- Your DAAD funding programme allows you to start your project online (your DAAD programme department has informed you accordingly; contact the department if you have any questions).
- Entry into Germany is not possible at the time the scholarship period is due to start (e.g. no flights, entry ban, visas are not being granted) or cannot reasonably be ex-pected or would be difficult (e.g. due to quarantine regulations in the host state in Germany).
- The host university or institution confirms that the studies can begin online.
- During the online phase, significant parts of the scholarship project can verifiably be carried out.
If these basic requirements are met, you may submit an application to start your scholarship project online after you have received your scholarship documents. The application form is available in the DAAD portal under menu item "Options". In this form, you and the host German institution must confirm that your scholarship project can begin online.
This application includes a declaration of commitment in which you agree to enter Ger-many as soon as this is possible and can be reasonably expected. This also applies if the project can be continued online – as long as you can obtain a visa or enter the country without a visa. Exceptions apply to programmes in which the host university also decides on the scholarship start date (e.g. "EPOS").
Scholarship holders who live in the following countries/regions are unfortunately not able
to apply for an online start at the moment: Iran, Cuba, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria,
If you carry out your project remotely from your home country, the regular scholarship benefits will be paid. The rate for students is € 750, for graduates € 850 (from August both: € 861) and for doctoral candidates € 1,200. Different rules sometimes apply to special programmes. These are communicated separately.
The travel allowance and, if applicable, research and study allowance will only be paid after you have entered Germany. If applicable, you may also apply for family benefits and rent subsidy.
Insurance coverage is in place from the start of the scholarship period for the entire dura-tion of funding, including time spent in the home country.
In this case, the scholarship agreement with DAAD must be terminated again. There are, of course, no waiting periods if you wish to reapply for a DAAD funding programme at the next opportunity. If you have already received scholarship payments, these must be paid back.
In this case, the regulations already implemented and enforced in spring 2020 would probably take effect again [see below].
DAAD payments during the corona crisis for internation-al DAAD scholarship holders who were in Germany for a period of study or research visit at the beginning of the pandemic (March/April 2020)
The following set of regulations applies to scholarship holders who already received DAAD funding at the start of the corona crisis in spring 2020 for a period of study, research visit or practical experience in Germany. Different rules may apply to certain scholarship programmes. We informed you of this separately.
For the moment, nothing changes. Your scholarship has been and will continue to be paid regularly. If you are insured through DAAD, this insurance also covers benefits in the event of a pandemic.
If you were unable to return to your home country at the end of the funding period or are still unable to return now due to the pandemic and you have no funding in Germany, please contact your DAAD programme department immediately. Under , DAAD may continue to pay your scholarship in this emergency situation on a monthly basis until it is possible for you to leave the country. Your insurance coverage, which includes benefits in the event of a pandemic, also remains in place.
Scholarship payments (including family benefits)
If you were in your home country or a third country at the start of the pandemic and you are still there now, DAAD will initially continue to pay your scholarship on a monthly basis if you are unable to return to Germany or your home country. This regulation is subject to the condition that you have informed DAAD of your absence (of more than two weeks). After the second month at the latest, the scholarship must either be terminated, deferred or continued online. Applicable regulations must be observed.
We would like to point out that DAAD does not organise quarantine accommodation.
For scholarship holders who started their home leave or research visit before 16 March 2020 and are still unable to return to Germany, insurance coverage continues beyond the usual six weeks.
For scholarship holders who travelled to their home country or a third country after 16 March 2020, the six-week period applies. After this, a decision is made on a case-by-case basis similar to scholarship payments.
In general, entitlement to insurance coverage expires together with entitlement to payment of the scholarship benefits.
In this case, you had three different options:
- Termination: You have abandoned your scholarship project completely. Repay-ment of the scholarship is not required.
- Deferment: You have deferred your scholarship (initially for a maximum of six months) and plan to return to Germany later, when the situation allows you to do so.
- You are initially continuing your scholarship project online in your home country (continuation online). In this case, you must apply to study online for the continu-ation of scholarship payments.
Scholarship payment (including family benefits)
The scholarship instalment was paid in all three cases for the month of departure and the following month.
Deferment: If you deferred your scholarship, the scholarship payments were subsequent-ly discontinued. As soon as re-entry into Germany is possible and you continue your scholarship project in agreement with DAAD, the scholarship benefits will be paid again. Resumption of the scholarship is only possible if the remaining term of the scholarship is at least two more months, or if you have to return to Germany for a few days at a later date for an examination where attendance is compulsory.
Online continuation: If you continue your project, for example, online or through a digital networking service in your home country, and you can plausibly prove this, DAAD will continue to pay your scholarship after the following month. Any family benefits will also be paid. In this case, the total funding period is not extended. To find out how to apply to continue your project online, follow this .
If a flat-rate travel allowance was paid for your outward and return journey at the begin-ning of the funding period, DAAD reimbursed the difference between the travel allowance already paid and the actual costs of outward and return travel on presentation of receipts (or you can still apply for this).
If a flat-rate travel allowance was paid only for the outward journey at the beginning of the funding period, DAAD reimbursed travel expenses incurred as a result of premature departure on presentation of receipts (or you can still apply for this).
If you continue your scholarship project in agreement with DAAD (if you deferred or con-tinued your studies online) and you return to Germany, you will be paid a new flat-rate travel allowance. If the remaining duration of the scholarship is between two and 12 months, an overall lump sum is provided for the costs of the travel to Germany AND back.
If the scholarship is cancelled or deferred, health insurance ends with the end of the funding period or the end of the insurance period. An extension at your own expense is not possible.
Please take out your own health insurance as soon as you arrive in your home country!
If you continue to study online, insurance covers you for the entire funding period, includ-ing in the home country.