JKU Graduation Scholarship

As of Winter Semester 2018/2019, we can no longer accept applications to waive tuition fees due to being employed as the corresponding enactment was revoked by the Constitutional Court on June 30, 2018, with no replacement regulation.

The JKU has introduced a new scholarship regulation for a certain group of employed students previously entitled to waive tuition fees.

The application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year has already passed. Information about applying for the 2019/20  academic year is expected to be published in Spring 2020.

How can I apply for a graduation scholarship?

The closing date for applications for the 2018/2019 academic year has already expired. Information about the application period is expected to be published in spring 2020.

What is the criteria?

The applicant is eligible to apply for the graduation scholarship providing he/she

  • is enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a Bachelor's, Master's, Diploma degree or doctorate degree program at the JKU;
  • has exceeded the minimum duration of study, including the tolerance semester in the semester in which the application is submitted and has paid the tuition fees;
  • has not exceeded the duration of study including the tolerance semester during the semester being applied for and has paid the tuition fees;
  • actively took examinations during the 2018/2019 academic year (minimum of 16 ECTS credits);
    Please note! This does not apply to doctoral candidates; in this case the applicant must fulfill the criteria for a structured doctorate degree program (§ 5 Sec. 2 University Financing Regulations);
  • has completed a minimum of 12.5 ECTS credits per approved semester before the start of the semester for which the scholarship is being applied for;
  • was gainfully employed in the calendar year before the end of the tolerance period and during the 2018 calendar year;
  • has earned taxable income of no more than €13,500 during the 2018 calendar year.

What documentation must be included with the application?

  • Income tax return for 2018
  • Confirmation issued by the social insurance company regarding mandatory insurance for 2018
  • Affidavit and application form (forms will be provided by the deadline)
  • If the documentation referred to above does not provide sufficient information as to whether or not the criteria has been met, additional documents may be requested. If these documents are not submitted within a reasonable period of time, the application for the graduation scholarship will be deemed withdrawn

How much is the graduation scholarship?

If your application is approved, you will receive a maximum of € 365 for the semester you applied for. If the relevant income is exceeded during the 2018 calendar year (€13,500), the payment will be reduced by the amount exceeded. In the event of jointly established studies, the amount of the scholarship is reduced to the percentage that is used to calculate the time period in which the applicant actively took examinations at JKU Linz.

If you have any questions about the graduation scholarship, please contact