Entitlement and requirements
All Austrians or foreigners with equal rights who study at a university and are at the end of their bachelor’s, master’s or diploma’s degrees are entitled to a graduation scholarship. Exception: PhD students cannot profit from this scholarship!
The requirements for a graduation scholarship are:
- You have worked at least 36 months (at least part-time employment) in the last 4 years. Childcare times, civil service, military service, educational service and volunteer work are included into this amount of months.
- You quit your job as soon as you receive the graduation scholarship.
- You have not received student allowances in the last 4 years.
- You are younger than 41 years.
- You have never received a graduation scholarship.
- You have not finished any other degree. Exception: You can apply for a graduation scholarship for your master’s degree after having achieved a bachelor’s degree.
- If you study at a university, you only need to finish exams and your thesis that has been approved and begun amounting to 20 ECTS. If you don’t have to write a thesis, you can only have 40 ECTS left in exams.
- In other educational institutions (e.g. University of Applied Science or Pedagogical School) you have to be in the last two semesters of your studies.
You are required to provide proof of your graduation. You have to graduate within 12 months of the last payment or you have to pay back the graduation scholarship. In cases of exceptional situations (e.g. grave illness) you can apply for an extension. If you have problems during your studies, you can get help from psychological student counselling. If you need more help and guidance, here are more counselling centres for students!