Scholarship Database

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

HessenFonds for Refugees and Researchers at Risk

Programme Description

As part of the HessenFonds, the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts provides scholarships for exceptionally talented and high achieving university students and researchers with refugee status at state universities in Hessen. The funding shall enable them to continue their studies or their scientific career at a state university in Hessen. As of 2022, HessenFonds funding is also available to highly qualified researchers (including PhD students) who are threatened by persecution in their home countries (researchers at risk).

Target Group

Funding line for students, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers with a refugee status and funding line for persecuted and endangered PhD students and post-doctoral researchers

Number of Scholarships



12 months

Scholarship Value

The HessenFonds scholarship grants the following amounts for the duration of 12 months:
- Students (Bachelor/Master or equivalent): 300 EUR/month
- PhD Students: 1,200 EUR/month
- Researchers: 2,300 EUR/month

Application Papers

Applications have to be submitted to the respective state university in Hessen. Please inquire at an early stage when the application documents have to be submitted to the responsible office of the university. If you are interested in a HessenFonds scholarship, please contact the refugee coordinators or international offices at your university. They are also your contact persons during the application procedure.

Application Deadline

The next deadline for nominations of the candidates by the universities is 31 August 2022. The next funding period will start in October 2022. Please note that the application deadline at the universities that is relevant for applicants is some time before the deadline for the nomination at the HMWK. Further information can be obtained directly at the universities.

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