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 degree after 2018 if you are applying to get a master’s
degree). The same applies to master’s degree if you are applying for a PhD,
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 determined factor of nomination.
If you think you are a student/researcher in danger/risk, please send us what proves the
above-mentioned points to this email address email@example.com We deal with your
information with respect and 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 being 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.
There is no deadline for application for nomination. Please note that our team is 100%
volunteers. Only applicants who meet the requirements and can prove they are at risk
will be contacted. DAAD application portal is open all year round for successfully nominated
candidates with the following application deadlines to be considered:
Nominations:15.07 until 15.09.2021
Applications:16.09 until 29.10.2021
How to apply:
To apply you are kindly requested to send the following documents before the Sep 12 to:
1- A current short CV
Please make sure it includes the following data: Your name, your age; your major, the date of
your last obtained or expected certificate, your last obtained average (GPA,…)
2- A copy of your last obtained certificate, if applicable (Bachelor, Master,…)
3- A letter of max. 400 – 500 words in which you explain why you think you are at risk
Please notice that this letter SHOULD NOT include your name.
Please notice that too long letters cannot be considered.
4- Proofs you are threatened where you live
These may include personal written reports, written records (e.g., official documents, posts on
social media, letters documenting specific incidents in detail, etc.) or witness statements, as well
as official acknowledgements of a granted refugee status and/or eligibility for asylum.
Please notice that the gathered data will be deleted after being sent/not sent for ineligibility.
Please notice that you may be invited to a Zoom-Meeting to clear any ambiguities about your
case or to show sensitive documents that cannot be sent per E-Mail.