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Support for refugees

Scholarships and emergency funds

Students at Risk - Hilde Domin-Programme from DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the scholarship programme "Hilde Domin Programme", funded by the Federal Foreign Office, which is aimed at students and doctoral candidates at risk worldwide who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin. All information on the procedure can be found on the DAAD website.


HessenFonds Scholarships

The scholarship programme is aimed at refugee students, doctoral candidates and researchers as well as at persecuted doctoral candidates and doctoral researchers. Information on how to apply can be found on the website of the International Office.

Services offered to students suffering financial difficulties

Social security benefits


The Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG) regulates state support for the training of pupils and students in Germany. In general, refugees who are

  • approved recipients of asylum,
  • recognised refugees in accordance with the Geneva Refugee Convention or
  • persons entitled to subsidiary protection,

can apply for state support under the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG). Detailed information is available via the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German) and the BAföG advisory service of the Students' Association (German).

Refugees from Ukraine

From June 1st 2022, Ukrainian students can receive Federal Training Assistance (BAföG) if they have or have applied for a residence permit according to § 24 paragraph 1 of the Residence Act.

If you are enrolled in Darmstadt, you can apply for BAföG at the BAföG-Office at the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt. 

Are you affected by the war in Ukraine and would like to study in Germany? The DAAD Digital Campus supports you with numerous offers. These include, among other things, free language assessment tests.