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Internal scholarship applications

For all faculties

The Central University Funding Unit is in charge of the cross-faculty management of all scholarships at Heinrich ​Heine University Düsseldorf.

The application form required for all faculties to award scholarships must be signed by the project manager of the research project for which the scholarship will be granted. The form then needs to be sent to the Central University Funding Unit by mail, fax or e-mail. As a rule, scholarship recipients get their notification of admission within 10 working days.

A scholarship is a cash payment that supports students or doctoral candidates for defined projects for an indefinite period as part of their studies or PhD work. The awarding of a scholarship is governed by Heinrich Heine University’s framework regulations for the awarding of scholarships in the currently valid version. HHU is the service provider for each scholarship, even if it is financed by third-party funds.

Doctoral students may not be granted payments to support a third-party research project, but only to enable them to perform their own research. The preparation of a final report is not a service in return, but serves to verify compliance with the scholarship guidelines.

The amount of the scholarship is determined by the relevant scholarship programme and may not exceed an amount that is considered necessary to ensure sufficient means of subsistence and to cover training needs. The scholarship may not correspond to the usual remuneration in the scholarship recipient’s work environment.

If the aforementioned conditions are complied with, scholarships granted in this way are tax-exempt pursuant to Section 3, no. 44 of the German Income Tax Act (EStG). Should the scholarship recipient’s additional income exceed the corresponding tax-free amount within the meaning of the income tax law, scholarships can also be subject to taxation. Each scholarship recipient is responsible for obtaining individual tax advice.

We reserve the right to revoke a scholarship in whole or in part and to enforce a claim for reimbursement if approval was obtained with incorrect or incomplete information, or if the actual circumstances change, or an employment relationship is entered into with HHU, or the funding agency does not provide the relevant necessary funds to the university, or the respective supervisor informs HHU that prerequisites for accepting the relevant scholarship are no longer fulfilled. The scholarship recipient is obligated to notify the university about any change in the conditions for approval for the scholarship. You’ll find all other requirements in our information sheet on the awarding of scholarships.

Please download the application form and the account allocation sheet needed for payment, and fill it out by using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Scholarships for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences must be approved by the scholarship commission before submission to the Central University Funding Unit.

Framework regulations for the awarding of scholarships

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf’s scholarships are awarded in accordance with the framework regulations for the awarding of scholarships which were adopted by HHU’s senate on 10 July 2012, the corresponding amendment regulations and the information sheet on the awarding of scholarships.

In the framework regulations for the awarding of scholarships, you’ll find everything about the following issues: scope of application, general laws, selection committees, tenders, announcement of the selection decision, obligation to cooperate, confidentiality obligation, discontinuation of funding, cancellation/revocation of the decision, early termination of the scholarship, reimbursement of the funding service, data protection, entry into force and publication.

You can download the senate’s amendments of July 2014 and September 2019 here. You’ll find all requirements in our information sheet regarding the awarding of scholarships and in the process description of other awarding of scholarships.

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