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Is it necessary to make arrangements for social security?

In Germany, social security covers health insurance, pension schemes, unemployment benefits, and nursing care insurance. It is usually mandatory for everyone who lives and works in Germany.

Fellowships at the RCC are exempt from compulsory social security payments in Germany with the exception of health insurance, which fellows must have. Therefore, it is very important that fellows maintain their legal, social, and professional position/status in their home country.

Fellowships are also exempt from taxation, as the RCC fellowship stipend is tax-free in Germany. Fellows should find out whether a fellowship paid in Germany is subject to taxation in their own country.