The Emergency Fund (Notfall-Fonds)
The Emergency Fund is a special funding programme managed entirely by the DAAD-Stiftung. Generally all students can apply for support in an exceptional emergency situation.
The responsibility for each funding decision lies with the Foundation Board.
Support for refugees
Due to recent events, the DAAD-Stiftung has intensified its efforts to support young people who have fled from their home countries and wish to study in Germany. The DAAD-Stiftung is committed to helping talented student and reseachers who find themselves faced with unexpected hardship in overcoming this situation and being able to continue their studies.
In the spirit of civic involvement, we at the DAAD-Stiftung encourage our sponsors to join us in making it easier for these young individuals to gain access to higher education.
View the first call for donations, announced by the chairwoman of the Foundation Board of the DAAD-Stiftung in LETTER, the DAAD alumni magazine, in August 2015.
The funding from the Emergency Fund is meant to help in an acute case of emergency.
The Emergency Fund does not grant scholarships, neiter any other related kind of long-term support nor monthly scholarship rates.
The mere fact that a student is not being awarded BAföG or other public funding is not sufficient in itself to represent a hardship for the purpose of the DAAD-Stiftung's Emergency fund. Also the accumulation of debts over a recent period is not considered an acute emergency as such.
In order for the administrative office to present the council of the DAAD-Stiftung with all the information they need for a decision we need the following documents:
- signed cover note with detailed description of the acute emergency situation
(with referral to the selection criteria)
- particular reasons regarding the requested (one-off) amount
which is being applied for to cope with the current hardship
(incl. list of regular monthly expenses)
- gapless tabular resume
- certificate of studies / graduation(s)
(incl. subject, number of semesters/terms and over view of marks)
- copy of passport or comparable document
- where applicable: copy of residence permit
- if applicable: medical certificates or e.g. hospital invoice etc.
(this also applies to family members if the application is based on their state of health)
- copies of proof on the financial situation during the past three months
- where applicable: proof on the granting or denial of BAföG
- proof on unsuccessful efforts regarding other funding opportunities and/or proof of applicant's efforts to personallly contribute to resolving the (financial) situation
The documents should be one-page papers only (except official documents, e.g. study certificate). A structured statement and a schematic presentation of the situation is preferred over running texts. For those documents that are not in German, English, French or Spanish an informal translation needs to be provided.
Address for applications:
The documents may be sent by post or e-mail.
General criteria for receiving support in special cases of emergency
- Serious cases of emergency: financial, personal, political, illness-related emergencies (e.g. imminent incarceration upon return to one’s home country, politically-motivated exclusion from higher education)
- General inability to procure financing through DAAD funding programmes, public funding or other third-party financing (e.g. emergency funds offered by the respective university or city)
- Difficulties arising through no fault of one’s own
- Objective verifiability
- One-time funding measure
- Minimum funding amount (generally): € 1,000
- Maximum funding amount: € 10,000
- (When granted to individuals who already receive funding through the DAAD-Stiftung or DAAD, the regular scholarship instalments are increased to the minimum funding amount.)
- All documents required for the selection process must be submitted no later than the date of funding approval.