In principle, you can apply for a scholarship even if you have not yet been admitted to a university. In the case your application is accepted, the scholarship will only be paid once you begin your studies. The application process can take up to 6 months. You should write your application letter yourself - even if your German isn’t perfect yet. In the larger application process, it is important that the scholarship foundation learns about your motivation and qualification.

Numerous scholarships are awarded by political foundations (i.e. Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, etc.). If you would like to apply for a scholarship from a political foundation, you should be familiar their political programme and be aware of whether it corresponds with your personal values. In addition to your overall academic peformance, social engagement (e.g. voluntary work, etc.) is an important selection criterion for most scholarships. You will find more detailed information on the application requirements, selection criteria and benefits on the respective websites of scholarship foundations.

An overview database can be found at: or

Further information on scholarships can be found on the pages found on our flyer or here.

In addition to the common scholarships, there are also programmes that explicitly address students with refugee background. These include:


The Deutschlandstipendium adresses all students (including Incomings) at the Goethe-University and offers financial support of 300€ per month as well as various support programs. Requirements for the program include an outstanding academic background as well as a strong social commitment. Biographical obstacles are taken into account during the selection process and students with refugee backgrounds are encouraged to apply. More information can be found here: Deutschlandstipendium.

Contact at GU: Sybille Blöcker; E-Mail:

HessenFonds for Refugees

The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) awards scholarships in the framework of the Hessenfonds for particularly talented refugees who study at Hessian state universities. The funding (300€/month for students) serves to support the continuation of studies (especially at the start of the study program) or a career in science in a state-run Hessian university. Usually, the application deadline is in January and July every year. Please submit your application to the Service Point for Refugees (Campus Bockenheim, Hörsaalgebäude, Eingang Mertonstraße, Raum 101).

Applications for the summer term 2023 must be submitted until February 5th 2023 to the Service Point for Refugee Students via email.

The application form for students can be found here, for PhD students here. The call for applications is here. For the requested evaluation, please use this template.

Further information can be found here.

Students at Risk - Hilde Domin Program

The "Hilde Domin Program" supports students at risk worldwide as well as doctoral students, who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin, to begin or continue their studies in Germany.

Scholarship benefits include 861€/month for students or 1,200€/month for doctoral students, health, nursing, accident and personal liability insurance and other additional benefits.


  • Valid university admission in Germany and/or already studied or completed a doctorate
  • Threat to safety in your country of origin can be proven or credibly demonstrated
  • Last school or university graduation usually no longer than 2 years ago
  • Residence in Germany may not persist for more than 15 months

Applicants must first be nominated by the university, the next nomination periods are:
15.07. - 15.09.2022 (for a start in the winter term 2023/24)

Applications have to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the nomination deadline to the Service Point for Refugee Students. If you need help preparing your application, please contact us ahead of time.

Further information can be found here: 

Contact at Goethe University: Service Point for Refugee Students, e-mail:

WELCOME - Scholarship Program for German Universities in Cooperation with the Otto-Benecke-Foundation

The German University Foundation (DUS) founded the WELCOME Scholarship in October 2015. It is exclusively available for refugees and offers: 

- Financial Support of 1200€/year

- one-on-one mentoring with an academic teacher/researcher of your study field

- Seminars for the development of key competences (twice a year, mandatory)

- Participation in academic events and integration into scientific networks

hochform - Scholarship program of the German University Foundation in cooperation with the Otto-Benecke-Foundation

The scholarship program “hochform” promotes German-speaking master students with a refugee background, studying in the MINT subject area (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, technology). The stipend offers:

- Financial Support of 1200€/year

- one-on-one mentoring with an academic teacher/researcher of your study field

- Seminars on the development of key competencies (twice a year, cumpulsory)

- Travel costs for seminars and other travel connected with the program

- Support counseling sessions for individual and career planning in crisis or upheaval

- Participation in scientific events (i.e. DHV symposium) and integration into relevant networks