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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 one year.

Latest Grant Holders

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 Zambrano

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


Deadline: 16 January 2020


  • Non-German BA students having completed 4 semesters or MA students.
  • The completed application form,
  • A short CV, and
  • A recommendation letter written by an HFBK professor.

Applicants have to present a selection of their work on 21 January 2020 to the AG Internationales. The committee will then decide whom to award the grants.

Please note that it is not possible to apply for the achievement grants 2020 if you have already successfully applied for the Deutschlandstipendium bursaries 2019/20.


Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

We cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as to the presentation of the Hiscox Art Prize on November 4 from 6 p.m. via 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.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

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.