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Scholarships and funding opportunities for refugees

There are several ways for students with a refugee background to finance their studies at a German university or university of applied sciences. To obtain a suitable scholarship, we recommend that you devote ample time to searching for scholarships and preparing application documents.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Hesse Fund (Hessen-Fonds)Hesse Fund (Hessen-Fonds)

    Particularly talented and high-performing students with a refugee background, doctoral students and academics/scientists can apply for a Hesse Fund Scholarship, which is awarded by the Hesse State Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK). The general requirements to apply include the following:

    • Eligibility for asylum or recognized refugee status
    • Duration of stay in Germany (differs by award window)
    • Enrollment at a public university in the state of Hesse (for students); acceptance as a doctoral candidate at a public university in the state of Hesse (for doctoral candidates); promise of a research or teaching position as well as a promise of supervision from a public university in the state of Hesse (for academics/scientists)
    • Outstanding academic achievements (for students), scholarly achievements (for doctoral students) and achievements in research and/or teaching (for academics/scientists).

    More information about the application deadline and necessary application documents can be found under Hess Fund sholarships. For further questions regarding the Hesse Fund, please send an to the team at the Coordinating Office for Initiatives to Support Refugees.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen The DeutschlandstipendiumThe Deutschlandstipendium

    The nationwide Germany Scholarship program is awarded once a year. Enrolled students with a refugee background are also welcome to apply for this scholarship, as Philipps-Universität Marburg participates in the German Scholarship program.

    Applications usually start in April, and the funding period always begins in the winter semester. The monthly amount of the Germany Scholarship is 300 EUR.

    Individual questions about the application can be answered by the . There you will also find more detailed information about the award window and how to apply.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)

    The German Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG) governs support for primary, secondary and postsecondary students and trainees in need. European Union citizens, migrants and refugees living in Germany can also receive BAFöG financial support during their studies or schooling.

    The following students with a refugee background can apply for BAFöG support:

    • Recognized persons who have been granted asylum;
    • Recognized refugees under the Geneva Refugee Convention;
    • Subsidiary beneficiaries of protection.

    There is a special rule for refugees with suspended deportation status for BAFöG eligibility. If the asylum procedure has not yet been completed, no BAFöG application can be submitted.

    More detailed information can be obtained from the contacts at the Marburg Student Union.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Political foundations and religious organizationsPolitical foundations and religious organizations

    Political foundations and religious organizations also offer various scholarships and grants for students. The requirements and application deadlines may vary from organization to organization. To obtain this information, you will have to contact the applicable funding organization.

    An overview of the various types of scholarships and funding opportunities for refugees as well as a listing of scholarship databases has been compiled by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Students at Risk – Hilde Domin-ProgrammStudents at Risk – Hilde Domin-Programm

    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 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. The International office provides further information about the "Hilde Domin-Program" and is your contact partner during the application process.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Hans Böckler FoundationHans Böckler Foundation

    The Hans Böckler Foundation offers financial and non-material support through several scholarship programs aimed at students at different stages of their education. Applicants must be eligible for BAföG (according to § 8 para. 1-3 BAföG).

    The scholarship for students is aimed at students who demonstrate above-average performance as well as trade union and/or socio-political commitment. Students with formal BAföG entitlement, European citizens, recognized asylum seekers and refugees with prospects of remaining in Germany in accordance with BAföG § 8 are eligible for funding. The scholarship for doctoral students supports doctoral students of all disciplines who are particularly academically qualified and committed to trade unions or socio-politics and who have been admitted to a state (recognized) university for doctoral studies.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Foundation of the German EconomyFoundation of the German Economy

    The Klaus Murmann Student Support Program of the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (Foundation of German Business) aims to support entrepreneurial thinking and action in a socially responsible manner. Support is provided for particularly high-achieving students and doctoral candidates who are entitled to BAföG (according to § 8 para. 1-3 BAföG).

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Study Foundation of the German People e.V.Study Foundation of the German People e.V.

    The German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) is aimed at high-achieving students and doctoral candidates in all disciplines who are basically entitled to BAföG (according to § 8 para. 1-3 BAföG). In addition to the self-application with a selection test, applicants have the option of being nominated for a scholarship by their university or partner institution. Scholarship holders receive financial and non-material support.