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Students at Risk – The Hilde Domin Program


The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) has established the “Hilde Domin Program” with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

This scholarship program provides at-risk students worldwide as well as doctoral candidates who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their countries of origin with support to take up or continue their studies in Germany to earn a degree or doctorate at a German university. Students and doctoral candidates who are nominated and selected through the program will be enrolled in degree programs of their personal choice at Philipps-Universität Marburg in accordance with their individual qualifications, and they will receive a scholarship that covers the necessary costs of their study or research stay. In addition, all scholarship holders receive further interdisciplinary training in order to support the development of their personality and their contribution to society.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Who can apply?Who can apply?

    Students and doctoral candidates worldwide* or with recognized refugee status and/or a right to asylum, who are demonstrably at risk of being formally or de facto denied the right to an education in their countries of origin due to their ethnic, sexual, gender or religious identity or their political or civic involvement. Based on the DAAD definition, political, civic or similar involvement includes either membership in groups or individual actions that are based on liberal democratic principles and strive to contribute to positive social change.

    *The following countries are excluded: EU/EWR/EFTA countries as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen The nomination and selection processThe nomination and selection process

    Potential candidates may not apply for the Hilde Domin Program on their own; instead, their nomination to the DAAD must be made by the university administration of Philipps-Universität Marburg.

    Students and doctoral candidates who meet the nomination requirements and wish to apply are encouraged first to contact the International Office at Philipps-Universität Marburg. In addition, any member of the university has the opportunity to submit proposals for suitable candidates to the International Office.

    After an initial plausibility check of the nominations received, the nominations will be forwarded to the DAAD. The DAAD will invite suitable candidates to submit an online application. Final selection of candidates will be made by an independent selection committee appointed by the DAAD.

    Both vulnerability and academic performance will be evaluated as a part of this selection process.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Nomination requirementsNomination requirements

    Students and doctoral candidates in all disciplines except visual arts, performing arts, design, visual communication, music, film and architecture as well as human medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine may be nominated,

    • who can prove or credibly demonstrate to the nominating institution that there is a threat to their personal well-being or safety (e.g., physical violence, arrest, denial of civil or educational rights, etc.)


    • who are enrolled not longer than 2 semesters at a German University
    • who have not been staying longer than 15 months in Germany
    • who have obtained their last university degree less than 2 years ago and
    • who are in possession of educational credentials that provide access to higher education and ensure completion of an intended degree program or research project in accordance with the database.
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen TermTerm

    The duration of the grant is usually as follows:

    • Bachelor’s degree: up to 48 months (12 months of preparatory studies at the Studienkolleg and up to 36 months of bachelor program studies)
    • Master’s degree: up to 24 months
    • Doctoral degree: up to 48 months
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Scholarship benefitsScholarship benefits

    The scholarship benefits are as follows:

    • For bachelor’s and master’s students: A monthly scholarship payment of €861.00
    • For doctoral students: A monthly scholarship payment of €1,200.00
    • Health, nursing care, accident and personal liability insurance
    • A subsidy for travel expenses based on the country of origin or current country of residence
    • Participation in a preparatory German language course (two, four or six months) depending on the language skills acquired to date and the language skills required for the intended degree program or doctoral project
    • Additional benefits
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    Nomination/application deadline

    Candidate nominations to the DAAD are submitted exclusively through Philipps-Universität Marburg. It is not possible to apply directly.

    Potential candidates may apply through the International Office at Philipps-Universität Marburg starting immediately or they may be recommended by a member of the university. Admission to a university is not required at the time of nomination, but proof of admission must be submitted by the time the scholarship begins.

    If you are interested in the Hilde Domin Program, please contact the International Office at Philipps-Universität Marburg.
    Please take the following deadlines into concern:

    Nominations for the winter term 2022/23:        until 20.10.2021
    Nominations for the summer term 2023:            until 15.02.2022
    Nominations for the winter term 2023/24:        until 15.08.2022

    Suitable candidates will be contacted by the DAAD and invited to apply via the DAAD online application portal.

    Structure of the Selection Process
    Please find here the structure of the selection process in Englisch.

    Call for Scholarship Applications for Bachelor and Master Students

    Stipendienausschreibung für das Förderziel Promotion

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Funded by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office


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