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.

Please take note of the selection and funding criteria (as listed below).

The responsibility for each funding decision lies with the Foundation Board.

Every contribution counts.

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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.


NO FUNDING POSSIBLE under the following conditions:

We are aware that many students and researchers might find themselves in a precarious (financial) situation due to the circumstances of the Corona pandemic.

Unfortunately the DAAD-Stiftung will not be able to offer support in all these cases. Hope must lie with predominantly superior administrations finding a universal solution.

Therefore the consequences of the coronavirus (such as loss of student job) cannot be considered a viable selection criteria in the context of the emergency funds.

No monthly scholarship rates
The Emergency Fund does not grant scholarships, nor any other related kind of long-term support.

No BAföG-alternative
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.

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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)
    For every reason explaining the emergency situation a verifying document shall be attached!
  • 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
    (account statement)
  • 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.

Adress for applications:

Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

General criteria for receiving support in special cases of emergency

Selection criteria

  • Serious acute cases of emergency: personal, political, illness-related or other emergencies
  • 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)
  • Unpredictability
  • Difficulties arising through no fault of one’s own
  • Objective verifiability

Funding criteria

  • 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.
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View the first call for donations, announced by the former chairwoman of the Foundation Board of the DAAD-Stiftung in LETTER, the DAAD alumni magazine, in August 2015.