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Freundeskreis Annual Bursaries for Master Students

In 2021, the Freundeskreis der HFBK offer four annual bursaries for Master students of all departments in their last year of studies:

  • 4 Freundeskreis bursaries worth 5,000 € each

Master students in their last year of studies (exam in February 2022 or in June/July 2022) may apply. Applications should include:

  • a recommendation by their professor (via email to
    please note: each professorsor may only recommend one Master student.
  • a brief written outline of future project plans (1 page max.)
  • documentation of work already completed (portfolio)
    (film students are asked to send a link and password to that the jury is able to watch the movies in advance)
  • a curriculum vitae.
  • Please note: The age limit for applicants has been set by the Freundeskreis at 30 years.

Selection procedure

The HFBK jury will draw up a shortlist of applications on January 13, 2021.

The selected students present their work to the jury and to the Freundeskreis members in two separate procedures on January 27, 2021. The jury will then decide on the awarding of the Karl H. Ditze bursaries, the Freundeskreis members will decide on the Freundeskreis bursaries.

Important: Every professor may propose 1 student maximum! Deadline (Portfolio inkl. recommendation): January 7, 2021, please place in the pigeonhole of Sabine Boshamer in the doorman’s office (Lerchenfeld 2)

The Freundeskreis der HFBK offers 4 annual bursaries, each totalling 5,000 euros, to Master students at the HFBK Hamburg. The purpose of this bursary is to improve study conditions.

These bursaries are intended for Master students and Diploma students of all departments in their last year of study.

Scholarship Holders


Benjamin Hassmann (Film, Prof. Angela Schanelec)

Espen Melin Hagedorn (Bildhauerei, Prof. Martin Boyce)

Caspar Reuss (Grafik/Typografie/Fotografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)

Mona Rizaj (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Jeanne Faust)


Verena Buttmann (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Jeanne Faust)
Camillo Ritter (Bildhauerei, Prof. Andreas Slominski)
Anna-Sophia Unterstab (Design, Prof. Jesko Fezer)
Daniel Vier (Malerei/Zeichnen, Prof. Anselm Reyle)


Sarah Draht (Film, Prof. Robert Bramkamp)
Sina Manthey (Bühnenraum, Prof. Raimund Bauer)
Julia Romas (Theorie/Geschichte, Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania)
Paul Rutrecht (Grafik/Typografie/Fotografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)


Lucia Bachner (Sculpture, Prof. Pia Stadtbäumer)
David Reiber Otálora (Time-based Media, Prof. Matt Mullican)
Gabriela Tethalova (Painting/Drawing, Prof. Jutta Koether)
Kolja Vennewald (Design, Prof. Jesko Fezer)


Lukas Sonnemann (Bildhauerei, Prof. Ceal Floyer)
Natalie Andruszkiewicz (Grafik/Typografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)
Paul Spengemann (Film/Bildhauerei, Prof. Andreas Slominski)
Shuchang Xie (Film, Prof. Angela Schanelec)


Jakob Engel (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Jeanne Faust)
Rosanna Graf (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Jeanne Faust)
Lukas Schneider (Malerei, Prof. Werner Büttner)
Paul Smith (Malerei, Prof. Jutta Koether)


Pachet Fulmen (Malerei, Prof. Anselm Reyle)
Nicolas D. Lillo (Malerei, Prof. Werner Büttner)
Anna Mieves (Bühnenraum, Prof. Raimund Bauer)
Judith Rau (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Michaela Melián)


David Jahn (Film, Prof. Robert Bramkamp)
Laura Link (Malerei, Prof. Jutta Koether)
Zahava Rodrigo (Bühnenraum, Prof. Raimund Bauer)
Tilman Walther (Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Dr. Michael Diers)


Lars Unger (Master Bühnenraum, Prof. Raimund Bauer)
Johanna Bruckner (Master Theorie und Geschichte, Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries)
Bastiana Stutterheim (Diplom Grafik/ Typografie/ Fotografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)
Rebekka Seubert (Master Grafik/ Typografie/ Fotografie, Prof. Silke Grossmann)


Josefina Gill (Master Film, Prof. Pepe Danquart)
Johanna Grenzheuser (Master Theorie und Geschichte, Prof. Dr. Hanne Loreck)
Eibe Maleen Krebs (Master Film, Prof. Pepe Danquart)
Yann-Vari Schubert (Diplom Zeitbezogene Medien, Prof. Heike Mutter)


Annika Kahrs (Diplom Kunst, Prof. Dr. Michael Diers)
Hannes K. Stimmann (Master Film, Prof. Robert Bramkamp)
Irene Stoll (Master Film, Prof. Udo Engel)
Esther Stühmer (Diplom Design, Prof. Glen-Oliver Löw)


Jana Aylin Hochmann (Master Grafik/Typografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)
Monika Farukuoye (Master Film, Prof. Wim Wenders)
Joachim Glaser (Master Film, Prof. Robert Bramkamp)
Lourdes Schulz (Diplom Design, Prof. Marion Ellwanger)


Vera Müller (Master Film, Prof. Wim Wenders)
Philipp von Essen (Master Grafik/Typografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)
Gonzalo Barahona (Master Film, Prof. Udo Engel)
Kathrin Roussel (Master Grafik/Typografie, Prof. Ingo Offermanns)

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