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Deutschlandstipendium Bursary

The Deutschlandstipendium (»Germany bursary«) is a Germany-wide bursary program that involves private sponsors in the promotion of excellence at German universities. The federal government pays 150 euros a month to gifted students, whilst the university in question provides private funding to match this amount.

Bursaries are awarded based on ability and achievement. The idea is to take into account social engagement, a willingness to take on responsibility, and specific social, family and personal circumstances, as well as previous achievements and personal CV.

At the HFBK Hamburg, the federal funding is supplemented by money from the Sammelstiftung (collective foundation), the Könk Grant Stiftung, the sponsoring members of the Rotary Club Hamburg and by funds provided by private sponsors. In this way, 13 students are provided with a total of 300 euros a month. Students of all nationalities may apply, from the first semester of study onwards.

Next application period: October 2021

All registered students of the HFBK Hamburg can apply for a German scholarship in October. A Germany Scholarship is valid for one year (October 2021 to September 2022) and covers the funding amount of 3,600 euros per year or 300 euros per month.

To apply, an online application form must be filled out, which will be available on the HFBK website from October 1, 2021, and the digital portfolio must be uploaded via a provided upload link. The recommending professor must be mentioned in the online form. There will be a field in the online form where you can voluntarily provide information on your personal social situation and engagement.

Students in bursary programme


Moritz Führer
Sam Gora
Luise Hamm
Miriam Humm
Luc Isenschmid
Stephanie Jacobs
Rosa Lüders
Matthew Muir
Marie Pietsch
Anna Regner
Merlin Reichart
Chenxi Zhong
Zacharias Zitouni


Amir Hossein Abootalebi
Elena Bulycheva
Corrie Barclay
Hala Bdier
Yi-Jou Chuang
Nick Guse
Tina Henkel
Conrad Hübbe
Kazunori Kura / Leonie Kellein
Mari Lebanidze
Amy Maga
Chloe-Rose Purcell
Krystsina Savutsina


Raphaela Andrade Cordova (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Anton von Bredow
Mina Kim
Judith Kisner (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Stephan Knauss (Sammelstiftung)
Jasmin Luu (Sammelstiftung)
Line Lyhne (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Katsuhiko Matsubara
Jáno Möckel
David Ronner
Lena Schramm (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Patrick Will/Caspar Wülfing


Marvin Moises Almaraz Dosal
Almuth Anders (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Leon Daniel
Lukas Engelhardt (Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst)
Lorenz Goldstein
Timo Grimm
Sarah Hablützel / Anna Ruthenberg (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Enes Hüsnü Yurdaün
Gvantsa Jiadze (Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst)
Shira Lewis (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Isamu Marsden
Mara-Madeleine Pieler (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Yan Yan (Leinemann-Stiftung für Bildung und Kunst)


Nino Svireli (Chkhikvadze)
Fabio Cirillo
Florian Deeg
Steffen Goldkamp
Denis Kudrjasov / Julia Malgut
Nina Kuttler (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Nils Löfke
Magdalena Los (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Nele Möller (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Tanja Nis-Hansen (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)


Frieder Bohaumilitzky
Marion Fink (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Arne Körner
Sarah Ksieska
Clara Langenbach (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
Sarah Mirza (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)
David Reiber Otálora
Nils Reinke-Dieker
Jeppe Rohde
Klara Stoyanova (Gisela Könk Grant Stiftung)


Roman Barkow
Ting-Jung Chen
Jakob Engel
André Mulzer
Stella Rossié
Lukas Schneider


Sophie Aigner
Rosanna Graf
Sebastian Kubersky
Carlos León Zambrano
Fion Pellacini
Miryam Pippich
Paul Spengemann
Fabian Wendling


Helge Brumme
Marius Schwarz


Nana Rosenørn Holland Bastrup
Utz Biesemann
Georg Kußmann


ASA Open Studio 2019, Karolinenstraße 2a, Haus 5; photo: Matthew Muir

Live und in Farbe: die ASA Open Studios im Juni 2021

Since 2010, the HFBK has organised the international exchange programme Art School Alliance. It enables HFBK students to spend a semester abroad at renowned partner universities and, vice versa, invites international art students to the HFBK. At the end of their stay in Hamburg, the students exhibit their work in the Open Studios in Karolinenstraße, which are now open again to the art-interested public.

Studiengruppe Prof. Dr. Anja Steidinger, Was animiert uns?, 2021, Mediathek der HFBK Hamburg, Filmstill

Unlearning: Wartenau Assemblies

The art education professors Nora Sternfeld and Anja Steidinger initiated the format "Wartenau Assemblies". It oscillates between art, education, research and activism. Complementing this open space for action, there is now a dedicated website that accompanies the discourses, conversations and events.

Ausstellungsansicht "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben" im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann

School of No Consequences

Everyone is talking about consequences: The consequences of climate change, the Corona pandemic or digitalization. Friedrich von Borries (professor of design theory), on the other hand, is dedicated to consequence-free design. In “School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, he links collection objects with a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" emerges and supposedly universally valid ideas of a "proper life" are questioned.

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: From February 12- 14, 2021 students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, had developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats ranged from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions could be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

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 were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Katja Pilipenko

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.

photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Exhibition Transparencies with works by Elena Crijnen, Annika Faescke, Svenja Frank, Francis Kussatz, Anne Meerpohl, Elisa Nessler, Julia Nordholz, Florentine Pahl, Cristina Rüesch, Janka Schubert, Wiebke Schwarzhans, Rosa Thiemer, Lea van Hall. Organized by Prof. Verena Issel and Fabian Hesse; photo: Screenshot

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

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

Alltagsrealität oder Klischee?; photo: Tim Albrecht

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.

Ausstellung Social Design, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Teilansicht; photo: MKG Hamburg

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?