All About The Merit Scholarships For International Students Enrolled At University of Hamburg 

Founded in 1919, the University of Hamburg is among the most prestigious universities in Germany. The origins of the university date back to 1613 when an intermediary institution called Academic Gymnasium was set up. The university comprises highly-qualified faculty members having wide experience in relevant fields. Furthermore, eminent professors from various foreign universities visit the campus to deliver lectures.  

The University of Hamburg also boasts of state-of-the-art infrastructure for advanced learning. There are modern laboratories, libraries, computer labs and other facilities on the campus. Furthermore, the university has several museums and observatories, including the Geological-Paleontological Museum. The university maintains 8 faculties that offer more than 70 undergraduate, 117 postgraduate and vocational programs.  

The departments of the university include Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Psychology & Human Movement, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics & Natural Sciences, Faculty of Economics & Social Sciences and Faculty of Business Administration. 

Currently, the university has 43,636 students of which 13% are from foreign countries. University has had seven Nobel Prize and one Wolf Prize winners. The university has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education Ranking, the Shanghai Ranking and the CWTS Leiden Ranking, placing it among the top 1% of global universities.  

With its merit scholarship programme, the University of 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. The awarding of a merit scholarship allows recipients to concentrate fully on their studies and develop their skills. 


The applicants are entitled to funding if they: 

have been enrolled in their subject at University for at least 2 semesters and are pursuing a degree (students in 2-year master’s degree programmes and doctoral researchers can apply after 1 completed semester); 

do not hold German citizenship; 

are not eligible for the federal student loan scheme. 

Funding Details 

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

Merit scholarships are awarded for 2 semesters (a total of 12 months). Applicants can even reapply for a scholarship. In some exceptional cases, the maximum funding period extends to 3 years as well. 

The deadline for the application is 15 April 2022.  

For further details, click here.  

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