Scholarships for international students

Student emergency funds during the Covid- 19 pandemic

1. BMBF emergency aid
is intended to help those students who can prove that they are faced with financial hardship caused by the pandemic, who need immediate help and are unable to overcome their pandemic-related hardship by making use of other support. Interim financial aid can be applied for by German and foreign students who are enrolled at a public or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany.
Check the detailed Information about the current application´s possibilities!

2. Further financial fundings for students
Please contact the
Counselling Center for study financing at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg
for detailed information as well as advisory services on further financial fundings for students!
Please check as well:  the Webpages of Studierendenwerk Hamburg


3. Ecumenical Emeregency Fund

The Ecumenical Emergency Fund provides financial aid for foreign students in an emergency, so that they can continue to concentrate on their studies during demanding periods, such as exams, internships or similar. Please note that this is not a scholarship, but a temporary support in an emergency. Interim financial aid for students faced by pandemic- related financial hardship

For detailed information and questions please contact: Caludia Bröker;
E-Mail: broeker(at)diakonie-hamburg.de

Grants and scholarships available for  TUHH students:

Financial Aid for Finalising your Degree 1

Who can apply:
International Students of TUHH who are in need of financial help and
-received their university entrance qualification abroad
-are about to finish their studies and graduate at TUHH within 12 month
-with good academic records!

Master degree students can only apply for financial aid for the last semester of their studies.

Sponsoring body: DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

Scope and form of the Financial Aid:
The aid will be granted for a maximum period of 6 months.
Income through students jobs, financial support from family or spouses and other non-monetary prerequisits (e.g. rent-free accommodation) will be deducted from the full scholarship amount.

Application & Information:
Offline & paperbased. The official application form is available during the ongoing application phase. Printouts will be available at the International Office and the general info desk (Infothek)

Application period: End of February, call with specific dates (next announcement will be in 2022) will be published here by International Office.

Financial Aid for Finalising your Degree 2

Who can apply:
International Students of TUHH who are in need of financial help and
-received their university entrance qualification abroad
-are ineligible for the BaföG -allowance            
with good academic records!


Master degree students can only apply for financial aid for the last semester of their studies

Sponsoring body: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Scope and form of the Financial Aid:
The aid will be granted for a maximum period of 6 months.
Income through student’s jobs, financial support from family or spouses and other non-monetary prerequisites (e.g. rent-free accommodation) will be deducted from the full scholarship amount.

Application & Information:
The application must be made directly at Studierendenwerk Hamburg
Contact: best(at)studierendenwerk-hamburg.de

Application period: 30.4. and 31.10. of each year. Call with specific dates will be published here

Assistance for financial crisis

Who can apply: International TUHH students in financial distress. Proof for the financial distress is required.

Sponsoring body: Studierendenwerk Hamburg, Diakonisches Werk Hamburg

Scope and form of the Financial Aid: lump-sum payment

Application & Information:

1. Couselling Center for Study Financing Studierendenwerk Hamburg
Email: best(at)studierendenwerk-hamburg.de

2. Ecumenial Emergency Fund
E-Mail: notfonds@diakonie-hamburg.de

3. Student Counselling Center TUHH/ Infothek
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3; (Room 022)
Email:studienberatung@tuhh.de

Application period: round-the-clock

merit grant / achievement allowance

Who can apply: TUHH students with good and outstanding academic performance

Sponsoring body: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Scope and Form of the Financial Aid: Financial aid for up to 12 months

Application & Information:
Offline & paperbased. The application form is available during the ongoing application phase.
Information: International Office/ Eva Turos: eva.turos@tuhh.de

Application period: call with specific dates (next announcement will be in 2022) will be published here by International Office.

With questions concerning financing of your studies or in an emergency situation you can turn to the TUHH International Office;  the TUHH Student Counseling Center and/or to the Councelling Center of the study financing of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg.

Other scholarships

International students can apply for a scholarship from numerous organisations such as DAAD, politically-affiliated foundations, religious institutions and business-related organisations. You should find out whether you are eligible for scholarships and financial aid from organisations in your home country. With the DAAD Scholarship Database, it´s easy to research various types of scholarships online. Please note, that the applications for some scholarships are only possible from your home country, prior to your study start in Germany! 

Please check out the links below as well:

•    www.funding-guide.de
•    www.stiftungsindex.de
•    www.stiftungssuche.de