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Achievement Grant Awards for Foreign Students

Every year, achievement grants („Leistungsstipendien“) are made available to non-German students by the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Equal Rights, and by the DAAD co-financed by Karl H. Ditze Stiftung (»matching funds«). They consist of a grant of 450 euros monthly, lasting for up to one year.


All non-German Bachelor students having completed the 4th semester and all Master students are eligible to apply for the DAAD Award 2021.

The first step is to apply online using an application form. After you have filled out the application form, you will receive a confirmation email with the request to upload the following documents as one PDF into a cloud:

  • a short resume,
  • a letter of recommendation from an HFBK professor.

Please note that each HFBK professor can only propose one student for the Achievement Grant Awards. Application deadline is January 15, 2021.

In the second part of the application procedure you will present a selection of your work to a commission. The commission tour takes place on January 21, 2021 in the HFBK (main building Lerchenfeld). Please organize a room on your own and prepare the selection of your work appealingly.

The DAAD Prize will probably be awarded during the opening of the 2021 Annual Exhibition.

->To the application form

Latest Grant Holders


José Domingo Martinez Rippes
İrem Seda Güney
Shahira Issa
Simin Sadat Jalilian
David Ronner

Marvin Moïses Almaraz Dosal
Paerhuzate Anniwaer
Arda Çiltepe
Jung Min Lee
Emma Wilson
Chenxi Zhong

Wonek Lee
Carlos Enrique León Zambrano
Krystsina Savutsina

Jesús Antonio Pulpón Jiménez
Martine Heuser

Shuchang Xie
Jeffrey Wallner
Carlos Enrique León

Qianli Ma Hana Kim
Jelena Markovic

Sohyun Jung
Maria Fernandez Gonzalez
Mitko Mitkov

Angela Anzi
Rosa Joly
Amy Lien/Enzo Camacho

Pablo Narezo
Yoojin Chang
Oliver Hannoun

Ida Lennartsson
Andonia Gischina


Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art will be answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. Due to Corona, only online!

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.