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Special programme for Ukrainian refugees in Germany

We support the higher education of socially committed people who have studied in Ukraine and who fled to Germany because of the war. In addition to financial support, we offer an intensive study accompanying programme during the scholarship.

Special programme for Ukrainian refugees in Germany

The special programme for Ukrainian refugees supports socially committed young people who have studied in Ukraine. These people may be Ukrainian citizens or people from third countries. Support is provided in three ways:

  • Support to obtain a degree (bachelor’s or master’s degree; state examination; doctorate in exceptional cases) in Germany
  • Empowerment to pursue development, social and charitable work in the refugee community and in German society
  • Opportunities for networking between the scholarship holders, Brot für die Welt and various civil society networks

Through their volunteer work or their professional role as change agents, the refugees contribute to social justice and ecologically sustainable development in Germany, in their country of origin or in the Global South. Their commitment also helps to promote an inclusive society in Germany.

Alumns work

Our alumns do great things and are committed to the goals of Brot für die Welt, namely peace, justice and the integrity of creation. Find out more in our alumns portraits. Brot für die Welt makes a point of staying in touch with former scholarship holders, even after the scholarship has ended. The scholarship unit looks forward to hearing from you at the following e-mail address: stipendien@brot-fuer-die-welt.de.


  • The programme is aimed at young refugees from Ukraine who are seeking asylum in Germany.

  • Candidates are nominated for the scholarship by a Protestant student congregation, a faith-based charitable organisation, a university, etc. The nominating institution also provides local support.

Financial aid:

Monthly scholarship to cover living costs, payment of semester fees and, if applicable, tuition fees and health insurance

Mentoring and support during the scholarship:

The study accompanying programme promotes networking and personal development among the scholarship holders. It includes both introductory seminars as well as specialised seminars in development and ecumenism. The scholarship holders are actively involved in the design of the programme. Further information can be obtained from STIPE/Global Learning Unit.






Personal requirements:

  • A-levels/university entrance qualification and/or fulfilment of the admission requirements for the desired course of study
  • No age limit, young people/candidates up to 40 years preferred
  • Social commitment in a professional and/or voluntary capacity in Germany or in the country of origin

Formal requirements:

  • Lack of means to pay for studies in Germany
  • Resident of Germany
  • Humanitarian residence permit, residence under the Asylum Seekers Act or comparable status
  • Not entitled to training assistance from the state (BAföG); letter of rejection must be submitted
  • Submission of a proposal for an initiative project or proposal to continue previous volunteer work

Information on the selection procedure:

Applications are accepted throughout the year. A committee meets every 1 to 2 months to approve scholarship applications. However, the application documents should be received at least 4 months before the start of the programme.