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Hilde Domin Programme (DAAD)

The Hilde Domin Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is intended to enable students and doctoral candidates worldwide who are denied the right to education in their country of origin to take up or continue their studies in Germany under secure conditions.

Target group

  • Students (bachelor's and master's) and doctoral candidates as well as prospective students and doctoral candidates
  • Students and doctoral candidates from all disciplines, except human medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine
  • The scholarship cannot be used to fund a double degree (e.g. a second bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree). 


  • Candidates must be of legal age (usually at least 18 years old) at the time of
  • Candidates must be in possession of educational certificates that enable entrance to the desired degree program or research project (see www.anabin.de).
  • As a rule, the last university degree or period of enrollment should not have been completed more than two years ago at the time of application.
  • The program is open to individuals who, as a rule, have not been in Germany for longer than 15 months at the time of the application deadline.
  • Candidates must prove or credibly demonstrate they are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational rights in their country of origin.
  • All applicants must submit proof of German or English skills at B2 level or higher.
  • Applicants who wish to study fine arts, performing arts, design, visual communication, music, film or architecture must have received a letter of acceptance at the time of application.

You can find all details about the Hilde Domin Programme on the DAAD program website.

Nomination by TU Berlin

In order to receive a scholarship through the Hilde Domin Programme, you must be nominated by your university.
TU Berlin's officer for refugee affairs is responsible for nominating candidates to the DAAD. TU Berlin academic chairs and staff submit preliminary nominations to the officer for refugee affairs.

Are you interested in studying or completing doctoral studies at TU Berlin through the Hilde Domin Programme?

If you fulfill the nomination requirements, please first contact your academic chair.
If you have general questions about the application or are unsure who to contact in the academic chair, please send us an email: in2@tu-berlin.de

Application procedure:

  • It is not possible to directly apply for a scholarship from the Hilde Domin Programme. You must be nominated by a university or other institution.
  • If you are nominated, the DAAD will contact suitable candidates and request them to submit an online application through the DAAD portal.
  • If you are not yet enrolled at TU Berlin, you must also apply for your desired degree program.
  • An outline of the DAAD's selection process is available in German and English.

Do you work at TU Berlin and would like to nominate someone for a scholarship from the Hilde Domin Programme?

Please complete the nomination questionnaire and send this to the TU Berlin officer for refugee affairs. We will review the nomination and forward it to the DAAD.

If you have questions about the program or nominating candidates, please send us an email.

Please note that our primary role is to formally support your nomination. The faculties and academic chairs are generally responsible for assessing a candidate's suitability and contacting them.

Deadlines for submitting nominations to the DAAD:

In principle, there are two selections per year. The application periods are based on the start of the academic semesters. The previous deadline ended on 15 September 2022 for a planned start of studies in winter semester 2023/24 (DAAD application period is 16 September through 28 October 2022). As soon as the deadlines for submissions of nominations in 2023 are announced, you will find them here.


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