Aca­demia and Fam­ily

In­form­a­tion for Schol­ar­ship Hold­ers

Unlike fixed-term academic qualification positions financed through the university’s budget or within the framework of third-party funded projects, a scholarshipdoes not entail an employment relationship. Therefore, a scholarship does not fall within the scope of social insurance and does not constitute (earned) income, as it is a non-repayable allowance.

 

The Maternity Protection Act applies to women who are in an employment relationship. Since a scholarship is not considered an employment relationship, the Maternity Protection Act does not apply to scholarship holders. However, many scholarship providers allow an extension of the funding period based on the protection periods of the Maternity Protection Act. Please contact the respective scholarship provider directly for more information.

 

Since 1 January 2018, the Maternity Protection Act also applies to students. If scholarship holders are also enrolled as doctoral students at the university, the Maternity Protection Act applies to them. Find out about existing options from the university.

Since a scholarship is not considered an employment relationship, the legal regulations on parental leave do not apply to scholarship holders. However, many scholarship providers have their own family-related regulations. Therefore, please contact your scholarship  provider directly for more information.

 

 

Since a scholarship is not recognised as taxable income, scholarship holders receive the minimum amount of € 300 parental leave allowance per month.

Further information on parental leave allowance can be found on this  page. Please also check whether your scholarship provider pays a child or family bonus.

Since child benefit is paid regardless of income, scholarship holders also receive child benefit. Further information on child benefit can be found on this page.

 

GEW guidebook: Reconciling Family and Academic Qualification. A legal guide (Vereinbarkeit von Familie und wissenschaftlicher Qualifizierung. Ein Rechtsratgeber, German language only)