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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 funded 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.

  • Who can apply?

    Students and doctoral candidates worldwide*, 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.

  • The 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 the nomination of candidates, the DAAD will review the documents in an initial plausibility check. 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. In addition, German or English language skills, intercultural experiences as well as personal motives for studying at a German university are taken into account.

    Important note: Multiple nominations by different universities do not bring any advantages. One nomination per candidate is sufficient.

  • Nomination requirements

    Students and doctoral candidates in all disciplines except human medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine and law may be nominated,

    • Who are at least 18 years old
    • 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.)
    • whose last matriculation at the foreign university or university entrance qualification at the time of application was generally no longer than two years ago (exceptions must be explained)
    • 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.
    • Who have verifiable language skills of B2 in German or English, depending on the requirements of the desired degree program. Attention: Nomination for Bachelor programs at Philipps-Universität Marburg is only possible with German language skills!

    Important!  Nominations for the academic fields of fine arts, performing arts, design, visual communication, music, film and architecture require proof of admission to a study course/degree programme at a German higher education institution by the application deadline.

  • Term

    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
  • Scholarship 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
  • 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.

    There are basically two selections per year. The application periods are based on the start of the academic semesters.

    Application at Philipps-Universität Marburg for a nomination for the summer term 2024:       
    until 3rd of March 2023

    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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