Funding for semester stays, internships, study and competition trips around the world.

What is PROMOS?

PROMOS funds can be used to support stays abroad outside Europe. PROMOS also considers projects such as specialised courses or short study trips that are not eligible for funding in any of the structured DAAD programmes (e.g. Erasmus+).

Are you planning a short internship in Australia? Do you dream of writing your thesis at the Kilimanjaro? Then the DAAD mobility programme PROMOS is the funding programme for you.

The funds are administered and allocated through our International Office. However, the search for and organisation of a degree, internship position or language course remains your responsibility.

What is supported?

Study trips outside the Erasmus+ programme. That is, if you want to spend a semester at a university outside Europe or at a European university with which there is no Erasmus+ contract.

The monthly scholarship rate is between EUR 300 and 500 depending on the destination country. A travel allowance may be granted at a later date.

Study trips of a group of students under the scientific supervision of a university teacher for the purpose of imparting and deepening knowledge. The trip is eligible for funding if, in addition to imparting subject-related knowledge and providing an insight into the host country, the focus is on meeting students and scientists from the local university.

The scholarship is a flat rate residence allowance and depends on the destination country. For study trips to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey the flat rate is EUR 30 per person, per day. For all other countries, the flat rate is EUR 45 per person, per day.

For internships outside Europe you can apply for a PROMOS scholarship. Internships in Europe can be funded through PROMOS if Erasmus funding is excluded, e.g. if the Erasmus time quota has been depleted or if the internship is completed in Switzerland.
Internships at EU institutions, institutions and organisations that administer EU programmes, Germany's foreign missions, the Goethe Institutes and at the German Humanities Institutes are not eligible for PROMOS funding. You can apply for funding individually at the DAAD:

Funding rates range from EUR 300 to 500 per month depending on the target country and are based on the funding rates set by the DAAD.

Specialised courses are courses closely related to the subject of study, which serve to further scientific and/or artistic education. To be eligible for PROMOS funding, the specialised course must be offered by state or state-recognised universities or scientific organisations abroad. Successful participation must enable the acquisition of ECTS credits; ideally, the course can be recognised at the home university. Examples are summer or winter schools, workshops at universities or similar events. It is best to ask the International Office whether a course is eligible for funding or not.

The scholarship is a travel allowance and depends on the destination country. Depending on the budget, the most outstanding applications are awarded course fees of up to EUR 500.

Travel to participate in international student competitions abroad, such as the National Model United Nations in New York, programming world championships and EU simulation events.

The duration of funding does not have to be the same as the duration of the stay. Depending on the available funds, partial funding is also a possibility since we aim to provide funds to as many students as possible.

The residence allowance is EUR 30 per person, per day for trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey and EUR 45 per person, per day for all other countries. A university lecutrer does not have to accompany you on the trip.

Documents and deadlines
How do I apply for a PROMOS grant?

The application is made in writing by email via the International Office. If you are considering PROMOS funding for your studies or internship abroad, please note this.

The application deadlines for all PROMOS projects are the same - always bimonthly on 28.02., 30.04., 30.06., 31.08. and 31.10.2021. If more applications are submitted than funds are available, a ranking list of the applications will be created and pro-rata funding will be provided if funds become available again.

Please submit the following documents to the International Office:

  • a meaningful programme description of the study or competition trip: technical justification for the trip, presentation of the travel programme (in the case of the study trip including precise visit and inspection requests), preparation and follow-up of the participants, time schedule (1-2 pages in total)
  • participation lists with the following information: surname(s) and first name(s), gender (m/f), status (student, graduate or university lecturer), subject group (e.g. business studies, music etc.) and with the signature of all those who wish to participate
  • financial plan: estimation of the costs for flight, meals, accommodation, additional costs etc. for all participants, if necessary other sources of financing for the trip
  • if applicable, a letter of invitation from the host university or institution

Study trips are applied for by the responsible SRH university lecturer, who, in the case of a grant, is responsible for the content and financial management of the trip. Competition trips are applied for by the leader of the travel group.

After the trip, the group submits a report to the International Office, which may be published on the SRH Berlin website in compliance with the DSGVO regulations. The report is between 800 and 1500 words long and contains at least two photos and/or one or two short videos. Alternatively, a short text with a longer video (min. 3 minutes) or a detailed blog can be submitted, in which the travel preparations are also discussed.

  • application form
  • meaningful letter of motivation (max. 2 pages, German or English) describing your project and justifying your choice of university or internship institution
  • tabular resume
  • transcript of records (find it on CampusNet, current study programme!)
  • certificate of matriculation (find it on CampusNet)
  • language certificate for the language of instruction or working language and, if different, the national language. If the national language is not mastered at all, at least proof of sufficient knowledge of English as well as of the working/teaching language is required. If the working language/language of instruction is German, proof of sufficient knowledge of English is also required. Certificates from language courses or language schools are not sufficient.
  • an informal, up-to-date academic letter of recommendation from a university teacher or research assistant with a doctorate. The letter of recommendation must be submitted in a closed and sealed envelope; alternatively, a scan can be sent directly by email to Elisa Barth: Students who have already submitted a report within the bilateral exchange programme do not need to submit another report.
  • an acceptance letter from the host university, if already available or internship confirmation/internship contract with the following information: exact dates of beginning and end of the internship, working hours per week, job description and if applicable, remuneration.
  • for study support: learning agreement with the number of ECTS credits or the number of courses you are to take, please discuss this in advance with your course director.
  • meaningful letter of motivation: professional justification for participation in the course, a broad outline of the course programme with cultural and social aspects, preparation and follow-up of the course
  • current performance record
  • financial plan: estimation of costs for flight, food, accommodation, incidental expenses etc. and, if applicable, other sources of financing for the course and travel
  • if applicable, letter of invitation or confirmation of registration from the host institution

After the specialist course, the recipients submit a report to the International Office, which is published on the SRH website in compliance with the DSVO regulations. The report is between 800 and 1500 words long and contains at least two photos and/or one or two short videos. Alternatively, a short text with a longer video (min. 3 minutes) or a detailed blog can be submitted, which also deals with the preparation for the trip.


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