HessenFonds for Refugees - highly-qualified students and researchers

As part of the HessenFonds, the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research 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.

  • entitled to asylum or recognised refugee
  • at the time of the start of funding usually not longer than three years in Germany
  • Follow-Up Applications should include a statement

Students (B.A./M.A. or equivalent):

  • enrolled at a state university in the State of Hessen

  • high academic achievements


PhD Students:

  • accepted as a PhD student and supervised at a state university in Hessen with high academic achievements



  • research or teaching place guarantee and support statement from a state university in Hessen 

  • exceptional achievements in research or/and teaching


Scope of Funding

The HessenFonds scholarship grants the following amounts for the duration of 12 months :

  • Students(B.A./M.A. or equivalent): 300 Euro/month

  • PhD Students: 1.150 Euro/month

  • Researchers: 2.000 Euro/month

Funding Period:  April 2020 - March 2021


Application Procedure

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.

The universities nominate qualified candidates for the scholarships to the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts. A direct application at the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts is not possible. The next deadline for nominations is January 31, 2020. The funding will start in April 2020.