Schol­ar­ship award­ing at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

On 4 November 2020 the Executive Board of Paderborn University concluded Framework Guidelines on scholarships at Paderborn University.

The Framework Guidelines define clear rules and processes for the awarding of scholarships to qualified students and young academics at our university.
On the one hand, it pursues the goal of continuing the established scholarship programmes at Paderborn University and, on the other hand, of enabling the introduction of new scholarship programmes with clearly defined framework conditions. At the same time, however, regular employment relationships in the sense of reliable and sustainable career development remain the priority link for young academics to the university.

If you have any questions or require advice on how to deal with the Framework Guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact us in Department 2.2 (Ms Patz). Take advantage of this offer and we will also be happy to present the Framework Guidelines to you at the Faculty.

Frame­work Guidelines of Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

(1) These guidelines apply to grant awards from the budget funds of Paderborn University, which have been centrally provided for this purpose (e.g. research reserve, Executive Board's matching fund). Furthermore, it is possible to award grants from the faculties' budget and other special funds.

(2) These guidelines also apply to the award and processing of grants from external funding, provided that the external funding provider awards the funds expressly for this purpose. The award of grants from what is known as "free external funding" is also possible.

(3) The selection and grant award procedure to substantiate these guidelines shall be stipulated in separate award guidelines. If award guidelines already exist (e.g. stipulated by the respective external funding body) the content of these provisions on grant award and processing take precedence. The present guidelines apply in those areas, in which no specific guidelines have been drawn up.


(1) Paderborn University awards grants for the promotion of research, scientific education and for international exchange usually to qualified students (master degree candidates) and junior scientists and academics. Grants may be awarded only to enable or conclude educational, further qualification and research goals (short-term study grants are an exception). Parallel employment at the Paderborn University is generally not possible. If, in exceptional cases, an auxiliary activity is required, this must be clearly separated in terms of content from the activities in the grant. The grant holder must notify the scholarship administration of this.

(2) The grant is awarded for unilateral educational support without any further obligation on the part of the grant holder, and enables the grant holder to work towards a goal or purpose as listed under (1). Grants do not represent any employment or service relationship between Paderborn University and the grant holder. The payments are not remuneration within the meaning of § 14 Social Security Code IV and therefore are not subject to the payment of social insurance contributions. Conse-quently, the award of a grant is also not linked to the payment of contributions for health and accident insurance. The same applies to private third-party liability insurance. The grant holder is re-sponsible for concluding the appropriate insurance policies. The funding terms for grants generate no effect under employment law with respect to later employment in civil service (e.g. salary group stages). During the term of the grant, the grant holder may not be obliged to provide work management services in connection with the grant within the meaning of § 611 a BGB (German Civil Code).

(3) The award of a grant directly subsequent to an employment relationship with Paderborn University requires a formal explanation. The purpose of the grant must be clearly distinguished from any former, existing or planned employment relationship whereby no work performance of any kind may be sought or received. This must be documented using the Annex to these framework guidelines. The award of grants as an extension of an employment contract, which could otherwise not be continued, is not permissible.

(4) The grant holder is obliged:
- to actively pursue the purpose of the grant;
- to fulfil the obligations and requirements connected with the award of the grant;
- to comply with the rules of good scientific practice of Paderborn University;
- in accordance with agreement to submit regular written reports on the status of the education and further education and/or the research project. For doctoral candidates additional reporting duties may arise from the respective PhD/doctoral examination regulations and supervision agreements.
- to comply with the regulations existing at Paderborn University and the applicable statutory safety provisions.

(5) Furthermore, the grant holder undertakes to inform Paderborn University promptly, if
- the research project is interrupted, amended, concluded prematurely or cancelled;
- he or she is remunerated through contributions from third parties for his or her scientific activity or economic profit accrues to him or her or with his or her approval to a third party arising from the funded research project;
- he or she receives a grant from another source;
- other changes occur in his or her personal circumstances, which are relevant to the grant conditions;
- she or he pursues gainful employment at the Paderborn University

The following types of grants are awarded at Paderborn University:

(1) Short-term grants, for a maximum of 6 months
Short-term grants serve the international scientific exchange of qualified students, doctoral students and other scientists with scientists from Paderborn University. Short-term grants are awarded for a maximum of 6 months.
Examples: PROMOS scholarships, Matching Funds

(2) Doctoral grants, for 6 - 36 months
Doctoral grants are awarded to doctoral students, who are seeking to conclude their doctorate at Paderborn University. The term of the grant must be awarded so that the qualification target can be achieved. A particular form of doctoral grant is the degree completion grant, which can be awarded solely to allow the student to complete his or her doctoral dissertation. Enrolment on a course of doctoral studies at Paderborn University and the submission of a confirmation of supervision (e.g. in the form of a supervision agreement) from the scientific supervisor are obligatory.
Examples: Basic and degree completion grants from the Committee for Research and Junior Academics

(3) Research grants, for 3 - 24 months
Research grants may be awarded solely to junior scientists and academics, who have already obtained their doctorate. The purpose of the research grant is directly linked to the grant holder's qualification aim (e.g. postdoc phase, Habilitation). For the award of a research grant the accepting faculty must issue a declaration confirming the allocation of the necessary research infrastructure.
Example: Postdoc grants from the Committee for Research and Junior Academics

(4) Start-up grants, for 12 - 18 months
Start-up grants can be awarded to junior scientists and academics and students, who are preparing a business start-up based on scientific achievements. Start-up grants are awarded preferentially within the scope of relevant externally-funded programmes to potential founders of start-ups. Examples: Exist Start-up Grants

(5) Study grants
Study grants may be awarded to particularly qualified students (master degree candidates) with outstanding academic performance, who are seeking to complete their master's degree at Paderborn University.

As a matter of principle, a grant can be extended only on request and on submission of good cause. Good cause covers family reasons (e.g. maternity leave, parental leave, caring for close relatives) and the delay of the project due to circumstances, which were not foreseen at the time the grant was approved and which cannot be attributed to the grant holder. The committee empowered to award the grant pursuant to Article 4 (3) decides on applications for extensions.

(1) As a matter of principle grants must be advertised publicly throughout the university; exceptions to this are the short-term grants listed in Article 3 (1).

(2) The type, amount and duration of the grant must be published in the respective call for applications. The same applies to the application documents to be submitted.

(3) Grants are awarded on the basis of a selection procedure, which is led by an independent awards committee at the faculty level (e.g. Faculty Board, PhD board, selection committee of a research training group, etc.) or at university level (e.g. Committee for Research and Junior Academics). When grants are awarded in the context of externally-funded programmes the respective regulations of the external funding bodies must be complied with.

(4) Prior to publication the respective award committee draws up a list of criteria to be applied in the selection procedure.

(5) The selection procedure and award decision must be recorded in writing and then forwarded to the scholarship administration (Dep. 2.2).

(6) The grant is approved by the Executive Board on the recommendation of the award committee in consultation with the respective Dean's Office. If there are no requirements from external funding bodies, Paderborn University’s templates (award notice, declaration of acceptance, etc.) must be used.

(1) Grants are generally awarded to cover living expenses. They must not exceed the amount required for this purpose. Furthermore, depending on the purpose of the grant and the personal circumstances of the grant holder, a material costs allowance and/or a child allowance may be awarded.

(2) The amount of the grant is determined in the respective award guidelines and or in accordance with the guidelines from the respective external funding body. In determining the amount, grant programmes within the university refer to the relevant rates for grants from generally recognised funding bodies (e.g. bodies providing grants for outstanding students, the German Research Foundation (DFG), etc.).

Pursuant to § 3 (44) German Income Tax Act grants are usually exempt from income tax, but the definitive assessment of this is the responsibility of the relevant Tax Office. Paderborn University is obliged to submit a report to the relevant tax authority.


(1) When a grant is awarded to a non-EU citizen the status of the potential grant holder with respect to rights of residence must be checked by the competent awarding committee.


(1) Paderborn University may withdraw or revoke approval for a grant in accordance with §§ 48 et seq. Administrative Procedure Act NRW, as amended.

(2) Paderborn University may revoke approval for a grant with effect for the future. This applies in par-ticular, if circumstances become evident, which seem to exclude a successful termination of the study programme, doctoral or research project.

(3) Paderborn University may revoke or withdraw approval for a grant with retrospective effect with good cause. Such cause exists, if
- the approval has been obtained by means of improper and incomplete information,
- the grant has not been used for the intended purpose,
- the grant holder has not complied with regulations or obligations.

(4) If the funding is revoked or withdrawn with retrospective effect, the grant must be paid back in accordance with the scope of the revocation or withdrawal by Paderborn University.

(5) The Executive Board decides on the withdrawal of the grant in consultation with the respective Dean's Office on the recommendation of the competent awards committee. Prior to withdrawal of the grant the grant holder is given the opportunity to make a written response.

(1) The regulations for the processing of personal data are complied with and the legality of the processing guaranteed. The grant holders are informed in an appropriate manner about the processing (purpose, duration, scope, transfers, etc.), in order to guarantee fair and transparent processing.

(2) In the context of the awarding and processing of grants the personal data necessary for this are processed. The regulations of the respective grant programme regulate this in more detail; other-wise the scope of data processing is specified, for example, in the respective award guidelines in consultation with the Data Protection Officer.

(3) Paderborn University transfers grant holders' personal data to other bodies only on the basis of a declaration of consent or as part of contractual provisions and/or duties of reporting and disclosure. If personal data must be transferred in the context of externally-funded grants, this is indicated in the call for applications or in the grant award notice. Data on payments to grant holders are transferred to the competent tax authorities in accordance with the German Transaction Reporting Reg-ulations.

(4) Furthermore, the applicable data protection laws and provisions must be complied with, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC, as amended).

(1) This Framework Guidelines come into force on the day following its publication in the Official Publications of Paderborn University and apply to all new award notices and extensions of awards notices, which are enacted with effect from the entry into force. Existing selection panels of current programmes will continue their work under this guideline. At the same time, the Framework Directive of 24.05.2018 (AM.Uni.PB 11.18) will expire. Article 10 (2) sentences 1 and 2 shall remain unaffected. More specific regulations (e.g. by third-party funding bodies) take precedence over these guidelines.

(2) Award decisions taken prior to the entry into force of these guidelines remain applicable. They are subject to the framework guidelines under which they were granted.