Merit scholarships for international students enrolled at Universität Hamburg

  • PHD, Master
  • €1,000
  • 14 October 2023
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The Merit scholarships for international students enrolled at Universität Hamburg supports outstanding international students and doctoral researchers in all subjects and at all degree levels who have been socially committed and actively involved in an international context.

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Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country's largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities.

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  • Have been enrolled in your subject at Universität Hamburg for at least 2 semesters and are pursuing a degree (students in 2-year master’s degree programs and doctoral researchers can apply after 1 completed semester);
  • Do not hold German citizenship;
  • Are not eligible for the federal student loan scheme.

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The maximum monthly funding sum is €850. Depending on the availability of funding, individual doctoral researchers may be awarded a merit scholarship totaling €1,000 per month (roughly 2–3 merit scholarships are awarded per round).

Merit scholarships are awarded for 2 semesters (total of 12 months). You can reapply for a scholarship. In well-founded exceptional cases, the maximum funding period is 3 years.


You must upload the following documents to the online application portal:


Letter of motivation: please use this form (PDF)

Proof of social and/or intercultural activities (if aplicable)

Record of achievements: STiNE printout or list of course certificates. Master’s students and doctoral researchers submit their final certificate.

Evaluations from 2 professors or junior professors at Universität Hamburg. In justified cases, other teaching staff at Universität Hamburg can also prepare evaluations.

The application deadlines are:

15 April (funding period: 1 October – 30 September of the same year)

15 October (funding period: 1 April – 31 March of the following year)

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