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Studies, research, short-term stay: We support you on your way to the University of Vechta and during your stay or studies.

Students at Risk - Hilde Domin-Programm (DAAD)


The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied 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.


What can be funded?

The programme can fund a BA, MA or doctoral study programme through a scholarship.

(Prospective) 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).

You can find more details about the funding on the DAAD's webpage of the programme.


Who can be funded?

The target group are students and doctoral candidates worldwide* resp. with a recognised refugee status and/or an entitlement to asylum, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational rights in their country of origin, due to their ethnic, sexual, gender or religious identity and/or their political or civic engagement. By definition of the DAAD, political, civic and similar engagement encompasses either the participation in groups or individual actions based on liberal and democratic principles aspiring to contribute to a positive social change in communities.

*Except for the following countries: EU/EEA/EFTA countries, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom

Moreover, further requirements apply, e.g.

  • Language proficiency at the B2 level in German or English (depending on the study programme you wish to apply for) at the moment of the application
  • The last school or university diploma may not be older than two years

You can find all requirements' details on the DAAD's webpage of the programme.

How can I apply for the programme?

Potential candidates cannot themselves apply for participation in the Hilde Domin Programme, but are nominated by the management (presidiums/rectorates) of an institution (e.g. of a University) in Germany. Nominations can be submitted at any time.

Thereafter, on the basis of an initial plausibility check, suitable candidates will be contacted by the DAAD and invited to apply via the DAAD online application portal.

The final selection of candidates will be carried out by independent selection committees appointed by the DAAD. Both the status of risk and academic performance are assessed as part of the selection process.

How can I be nominated by the University of Vechta?

We are happy if you are interested in enrolling for a study or doctoral programme of the University of Vechta as part of the Hilde Domin Programme. Please get in touch with us so we can check if we can nominate you for the Hilde Domin Programme.

The study options at the University of Vechta are characterized by a strong focus on the areas of Education and Pedagogy (Lehramt) as well as Social Services (Social Work, Management of Social Services, Gerontology). In addition, there is a broad range of options, from English Language and Literature to "Economics and Ethic: Social Business".

Here you can find information on BA and MA programmes. All our BA and MA programmes are taught in German, hence language proficiency in German is required.

Here you can find information for doctoral students. The doctoral dissertation may be written in German or (if the supervisor agrees) also in English.

Important notes for (prospective) bachelor and master students

We currently receive many enquiries regarding the Hilde Domin programme. Nominations for the Hilde Domin-programme must be submitted by the university at which the applicants intend to study. Please note that all our bachelor's and master's programmes are taught in German. Therefore, you need advanced German language skills if you want us to nominate you for the scholarship programme. Furthermore, we do not offer any study programmes in the fields of medicine, computer sciences or engineering. Thus, if you wish us to nominate you for the Hilde Domin programme, please check out our study programmes (in German) in order to evaluate whether one of these programmes is suitable for you, before you contact us, and please state your level of German language skills in your enquiry.

If our study programmes are not suitable for you (or if you do not have German language skills), you might want to visit the "Hochschulkompass"-database. This database provides information about all study programmes offered at German universities. You can search for study programmes taught in English, too ("extended search").