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Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs are sorted by questions concerning your application, our selection process and the active time as a scholar.

Should you have questions regarding the HYT-Academy that are still partially or entirely unanswered after reading through the FAQs, please do contact us via promotionsstipendien-hyt@uni-siegen.de or masterstipendien-hyt@uni-siegen.de respectively.

Application

When can I apply?

Calls for application for the scholarships of the HYT Young Academy are announced twice per year. The deadlines for applications are published in the announcements.

Can I submit an application at other times?

No, this is not possible.

When do the scholarships start?

New cohorts start their scholarhips on 1 April (applications for the summer semester, with the deadline for applications being around mid/end of January) and on 1 October (applications for the winter semester, with the deadline for applications being around mid/end of June).

Can I start my scholarship later?

Exceptions can only be made in rare cases. Please contact us directly.

Do I have to apply in German?

No. You can apply in both English or German.

What documents do I need when applying?

The documents needed for an application can be found in the call for applications.

How can I find a mentor?

As a doctoral researcher, the supervisor of your dissertation project is also your mentor. As a master's student, you need to find a lecturer with a doctorate from your study course who personally knows you from their classes and can thus write a meaningful assessment letter.

I do not have a mentor. Can I still apply?

No, this is not possible.

My mentor refuses to sign the declaration of commitment. What can I do?

Usually this is due to a misunderstanding. Until now we were always able to resolve this. Please contact us directly before our call for applications closes as applications without the mentor's signature have to be rejected on formal grounds.

I did not obtain my last degree at the University of Siegen. Can I still apply?

Yes. We only require that you are enrolled in the appropriate doctoral or master's programme at the University of Siegen.

I already started working on my doctorate. Can I still apply?

An application is only possible if the doctorate has only recently been started, typically a maximum of one semester before the start of the scholarship. The exact exclusion date can be found in the respective announcement.

I obtained my last degree over a year ago. Can I still apply?

An application is still possible if your occupation was either related to your last degree or to the one you wish to obtain while being funded through University of Siegen. Illness, caring for a family member or parental leave are also valid reasons. If you are in doubt, please contact us directly before the end of the application period.

Who cannot receive a scholarship?

Funding is not possible if
  • you already completed a doctorate or a Master's course, or
  • you already received funding for this or a similar project, or
  • your project is already in the fourth or a higher semester when funding would commence, or
  • you are not enrolled at the University of Siegen when the scholarship starts, or
  • you work more than the guidlines allow (see Can I work while receiving a scholarship?).
For further details see the scholarship guidelines ("Vergaberichtlinien")

I have a contract as a "wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in", can I combine this with a doctoral scholarship?

A relevant employment at the University of Siegen as “wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin bzw. wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” or as “wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (WHK)” is allowed with a maximum of half of the regular working hours.

Selection

How does the selection process work?

If you apply for a master's scholarship, the decision is based solely on your written application. For doctoral researchers, there is a two-stage selection process. Based on the academic quality of the written applications, we invite a small group of applicants to give a short presentation in front of the award committee. This usually consists of a short presentation of the doctoral project (10 minutes) and a discussion (5-10 minutes).

How should I prepare my short presentation?

The short presentation is on your doctoral project, so it makes sense to introduce the project as concisely as possible. Guiding questions could be:
  1. What is my fundamental research question?
  2. What methods am I using? Why?
  3. How does my project fit in with existing research?
  4. In what manner does my project break new ground?
It does not matter whether you speak with or without notes or decide for or against PowerPoint. What matters is that your project is convincing.

What are the selection criteria?

The scholarship is awarded for outstanding students and projects, which means that a decision is based solely on the quality of your previous degree and your research project.

Is there any kind of ratio involved in the selection?

No. The scholarship is awarded for outstanding students and projects, which means that a decision is based solely on the quality of your previous degree and your research project. Faculty, subject, gender or where your previous degree was obtained are irrelevant.

Who is involved in the selection?

The award committee consists of the Prorector for Research and Junior Scientific Staff of the University of Siegen, the Vice-deans for Research and Junior Scientific Staff of the faculties as well as the head of the HYT. The equal opportunities officer of the University of Siegen as well as the disabled person's representative can participate in the meetings of the award committee as advisors.

How long does the selection process take?

Usually you'll know four to six weeks after the application deadline whether your application was successful. Doctoral researchers usually know two to three weeks after the application deadline whether they proceeded into round two.

Active Time as a scholarship recipient

What do I get?

The scholarship consists of a non-material and a financial part. Each semester there are usually eight sessions for all scholarship recipients. These sessions are conducted by the mentors. Topics from previous semesters can be found here.

The financial support is:

  • 1500 EUR per month plus 1500 EUR per year for expenses for doctoral researchers
  • 400 EUR per month plus 750 EUR per year for expenses for master's students

The scholarship is not subject to taxation but you have to pay for health insurance yourself.

Expenses must be directly related to your studies and/or research project. We can reimburse trips to conferences or archives, conferences you organise, purchase of books and other material. We cannot reimburse anything that belongs to the realm of general cost of living (a desk, a chair, a coffee maker or a bed for instance).

What obligations do I have?

  1. You have to regularly attend the HYT Young Academy sessions.
  2. Each March and September we expect you to hand in a one-page-report on the progress of your studies and a current proof of enrolement.
  3. You thoroughly work on the progress of your studies and/or research project.

Can I work while receiving a scholarship?

Yes, but.
  • As a PhD scholar you must not work more than 10 hours a week where each hour outside academia counts as two hours. So, if you teach for four hours you cannot drive your taxi or work as a bartender for six, but only for three hours: 4 + (3*2) = 10.
  • As a master scholar you must not work more than 19 hours a week. It does not matter whether you work inside or outside academia and each hour counts as one hour.

Can I pause my scholarship?

A pause is possible in special cases (like illness, caring for a family member or maternal/paternal leave). Näheres regelt §4 der Vergaberichtlinien.