Students at Risk - Hilde Domin-Programme

Hilde Domin Programme

The Hilde Domin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports students and doctoral candidates who are prevented from continuing their studies or research in their home country.  The aim is to enable them to take up or continue these activities in a safe environment. With the help of funding provided by the German Foreign Office, places at German universities are made available for this purpose.

Target group:

  • demonstrably endangered prospective students with recognized refugee status / asylum status, whose right to education is denied in their home country
  • demonstrably at-risk students
  • demonstrably at-risk doctoral students


  • No independent applications
  • Nominations are made by the leadership of the respective institution or organization
  • Suitable candidates are contacted after prior screening
  • Selection follows by a commission of the DAAD

Selection Criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Personal risk/threat situation in home country
  • Academic achievements e.g. educational certificates that allow access to a university or previous degrees for subsequent studies
  • Academic potential
  • German and English language skills

Application: ( applications only after prior nomination)

Applications until

  • July 31, 2021
  • January 31, 2022 ...for successful nominees
  • Submission of all documents by the deadline

Application Documents:

  1. online application form
  2. valid identification document (passport or similar)
  3. complete curriculum vitae in tabular form
  4. letter of motivation (1 to 3 pages)
  5. proof of threat to personal safety and well-being (if available)
  6. proof of the status of studies/graduation
  7. language certificates English or German (level B2 or higher) not older than 2 years
  8. proof of admission to study at German universities (if available)
  9. documents on current academic status (bachelor, master or doctoral student)

All documents must be submitted or uploaded in either German, or English translation from the language of the country. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the further procedure after submission!

Funding benefits:

  • monthly scholarship installments
  • Bachelor and Master students: 861 EUR
  • Doctoral students: 1,200 EUR
  • Health, nursing care as well as accident and personal liability insurance
  • Subsidy for travel expenses (depending on the country of origin / residence)
  • upstream German language course depending on language skills
  • further additional benefits


  • Bachelor's degree: up to 48 months
  • Master's degree: up to 24 months
  • Doctoral degree: up to 48 months