The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has launched the “Hilde Domin Scholarship Programme” with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe (Syria is included) who are at risk of being denied of educational or other rights in their country of origin and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany. You can read more about the scholarship and what will it cover here:

Students and researchers in danger cannot apply themselves for the scholarship; they should
be nominated by one of DAAD’s stakeholders/partners. We, at the German – Syrian Research
Society (DSFG e.V.), are one of those institutions taking the responsibility of nomination.

You can apply if:

  1. You are a student, graduate, or a doctoral candidate from all disciplines, except fine arts,
    performing arts, design, visual communication, music, film, and architecture, as well as
    human medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.
  2. You are at least 18 years old.
  3. Your latest degree obtained is not older than 2 years (this means that you have
    graduated from your bachelor’s degree after 2019 if you are applying to get a master’s
    degree). The same applies to a master’s degree if you are applying for a Ph.D.
  4. Able to prove or credibly demonstrate a threat to your personal well-being or safety (e.g.
    physical violence, arrest, denial of civil and educational rights, etc.).
  5. Your score in the latest degree obtained is above 70%, or you have already secured a
    universities’ program acceptance from Germany. This will increase your chances to be
    nominated. Nevertheless, proving being at risk is the determining factor of nomination.

If you think you are a student/researcher in danger/risk, please do not hesitate to send your application, We deal with your information with respect and the highest confidentiality. Your data will be securely dealt with in accordance with the European Frame for Data Protection.


How this will work:

  • We will receive your files and assess them. If you prove to be in danger/risk, you will be
    nominated to DAAD for further application.
  • DAAD will contact you and request your official application.

As you notice here, this is a two-layer verification process, especially addressed to students/researchers at risk. If you do not consider yourself at risk, please apply to other DAAD regular scholarships which do not require a nomination.


How to apply:

To apply, you are kindly requested to send us the following documents by submitting the application form below, providing the following:

  1. A current short CV
  2. A copy of your last obtained certificate, if applicable (School-leaving certificate, Bachelor, Master,…)
  3. A letter of max. 400 – 500 words in which you explain why you think you are at risk. Please note that this letter SHOULD NOT include your name, as we are going to assess it anonymously.
  4. Proofs you are threatened where you live
    These may include personal written reports, written records such as official documents, posts on social media, letters documenting specific incidents in detail, witness statements, as well as official acknowledgments of a granted refugee status and/or eligibility for asylum.
    Please note that the gathered data will be deleted after the assessment process.

If you have a problem applying through the website, please inform us per e-mail (


Next application round:

15.01.2022 till 15.02.2022

Applications received after midnight of 15.02.2022 (Berlin time) will not be considered.

All applicants, nominated and not nominated, will be notified per e-mail before the 15th of March.

We will assess your application (minimum requirements and risk-related only). In case our assessors decided to nominate your application, we will nominate you directly to DAAD by 15.03.2022 at the latest. DAAD will contact you and ask you to fill out your academic application on their website between 16.03 and 29.04. This is the procedure to start studying in the summer semester (April) 2023.


To apply, fill out this application form:

Students and doctoral candidates from all disciplines can be nominated, except for fine arts, performing arts, design, visual communication, music, film and architecture, as well as human medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine,
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In no more than 500 words, describe as details as possible why are you at risk and unable to pursue your higher education as a result of this risk.
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