Who decides who receives a merit scholarship?
Merit scholarships are awarded by a committee comprising teachers, students, and members of the University Administration.
According to which criteria is the selection made?
- good to excellent academic record
- other verifiable knowledge and capabilities (presentations/publications/prizes); previous funding
- social and/or political activities in an international context (e.g., confirmation of volunteer work)
- applicant’s need
How and when will I be notified?
Communication takes place via an online tool (Mobility Online).
You will be notified via the portal within four weeks of the end of the application period. For an update on the current status of your application, please see the notifications in the portal.
Are students with dual citizenship, one of which is German, eligible for funding?
No. Students holding German citizenship and a further foreign citizenship are not eligible for funding.
Is there an age limit?
No. As of the winter semester 2015/16, there are no age restrictions!
How can I obtain an evaluation?
Please ask two professors from your department. Ideally, they should know you well, for example, because you attended one of their seminars or wrote a term paper for them. Please contact your evaluators at least four to six weeks before you apply for funding to ensure the evaluations are prepared in time.
Please use this evaluation form and pass it on to your two chosen professors.
Will my application be accepted if I only have an evaluation from one professor?
No. Your application is only complete when it includes two evaluations. Please notify us if you have difficulties finding a second professor to evaluate your achievements. We can help you to identify suitable evaluators.
What does getting actively involved in Universität Hamburg’s internationalization projects entail?
You can suggest PIASTA activities that you could organize for other students at Universität Hamburg in your application. Countless examples from past semesters can be viewed on the PIASTA website. Your projects should aim to foster an intercultural exchange between German and international students, or focus on cross-cultural topics likely to stimulate intercultural awareness and learning at the University or in Hamburg and the surrounding area.