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Scholarship and Funding Programs for International Students

Scholarships play an important role in the design and financing of studies. Even while you are planning your studies in your home country, research on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can help you gain valuable information on individual scholarship programs.

Already enrolled at TH OWL, the International Office is the first point of contact for international students, where information on various scholarship programs can be obtained. These are scholarship programs that are applied for at the International Office itself and are also awarded directly from there.

International Office scholarship programs

Scholarships that are applied for and awarded via the International Office are funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and are awarded according to their guidelines. In addition, the Phoenix Contact Foundation e.V. is a cooperation partner of TH OWL and supports both German and international students through the Cross Borders scholarship program.



DAAD STIBET I - one scholarship, two types

With funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the International Office awards partial scholarships to foreign students who have been particularly committed during their studies in an international university context or to those who have financed their studies primarily through their own gainful employment and are about to graduate .

A)     Scholarship in the graduation phase

You can apply if you

  1. are an international and regularly enrolled student who will acquire his / her bachelor's or master's degree at the TH Ostwestfalen-Lippe.
  2. have already registered your bachelor's or master's thesis or will have completed your colloquium by the end of the current semester at the latest.

B)     Scholarship for particularly committed students

You can apply if you

  1. are an international and regularly enrolled student who will acquire his / her bachelor's or master's degree at the TH Ostwestfalen-Lippe..
  2. are in need through no fault of your own, but have demonstrably distinguished yourself through outstanding commitment at the TH OWL.

Further criteria:

You have not received DAAD STIBET I funding for the same degree before!

Application periods:

In the respective summer semester: April 1st to April 31st

In the respective winter semester: October 1st to October 31st

Send the documents to be submitted in PDF format by email to internationaloffice (at)


Mrs Kerstin Rosemann
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5836
E-Mail: kerstin.rosemann(at)

Cross Borders Scholarship

The Phoenix Contact Foundation is committed to the Cross Border Studies Program to bring young people closer to different economic and educational systems and other cultures. Can apply:

  • Students from abroad who study at the TH OWL for one semester or longer (incomings).
  • Students of the TH OWL who want to study abroad at a partner university or a university of their choice as a freemover (outgoings).

The grant is paid for one semester and amounts to € 3,000 per scholarship holder. A total of four scholarships for incomings and two scholarships for outgoings are awarded.

Application documents

In cooperation with the International Office, the Phoenix Contact Foundation selects the scholarship holders for the respective funding year from the group of applicants.


Mrs Kerstin Rosemann
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5836
E-Mail: kerstin.rosemann(at)

DAAD award for excellent performance by international students at German universities

The DAAD Prize, endowed with € 1,000 per university, which has been awarded for more than ten years, is intended to give faces to the large numbers of international students at German universities and to connect them with stories. This makes it clear that every single international student takes a piece of Germany back home with him/her and leaves something of himself/herself in Germany - an enrichment for both sides.

Students who have received such a prize represent their fellow students from all over the world. They are future partners for Germany in business, politics and science.

The announcement is aimed at university professors at TH OWL, who can suggest suitable students. Independent applications for potential award winners are not possible!

For the application you, as a university professor: at TH OWL, need the following documents:

Please send your suggestions with the above documents to the International Office, Mrs. Kerstin Rosemann: kerstin.rosemann (at)

Nomination period for each calendar year: March 1st to August 31st

The award ceremony

The award of the DAAD prize is also intended to visualize to a broader public what enrichment international students represent for the university community. The award ceremony should therefore take place in a correspondingly representative framework, which is decided anew every year.


Mrs Kerstin Rosemann
Phone: +49 (0) 5261 - 702 5836
E-Mail: kerstin.rosemann(at)


Other scholarships

The TH OWL Career Service provides information about other scholarship programs that can also be applied for by international students. This also includes the OWL Study Fund with its Germany and Social Scholarship.


Informationen about other scholarship programs