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Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

This advancement programme belonging to the largest and oldest German scholarship institution offers awards in the area of art as well as in the areas of design, film, typography, graphic art and stage imagery.

The nomination procedure at the HFBK Hamburg:

Each study department (except Theory and History) can propose up to two candidates* at the 20. October. At the 2. November, the maximum of 14 candidates* present their work to the HFBK jury, which nominates up to 7 students (4 of the arts, 3 of the graphics/design/film departments) for the Studienstiftung; at the beginning of the new year, the Studienstiftung selects its final scholarship holders* on the basis of presentations.

Criteria for nomination:

  • Candidates* must not be older than 35 years at the time of application (deadline is 01.04.2021).
  • Candidates* must be at least in their 3rd (BA) semester at the time of nomination.
  • After WS 2021/22, candidates* must still have at least 2 semesters of standard period of study until completion of the Master's degree (i.e. only Bachelor's students and 1st Master's semester students are admitted).
  • Applicants* have the best chances between the 4th and 6th semester for Bachelors and in the 1st Master semester.
  • All EU citizens (including students from candidate countries) may be nominated for the scholarship
  • Proposals for the funding of second and supplementary studies are excluded.

Students in bursary programme


as of 2021
Belia Brückner, Zeitbezogene Medien
Lara Molenda, Design
Marlon Weber, Film

as of 2020
Raphaela Andrade Cordova, Bühnenraum
Laurel Chokoago, Zeitbezogene Medien

as of 2019
Vicente Hirmas Schmidt-Timmermann, Bildhauerei
Salka Tiziana Poeschel García-Courtoy, Film
Anas Saleh, Film
Szerafina Schiesser, Bildhauerei
Martha von Mechow, Film

as of 2018
Jamil Jalla, Zeitbezogene Medien
Tanita Olbrich, Film
Pia Schmikl, Zeitbezogene Medien
Jakob Spengemann, Bühnenraum

as of 2017
Noémi Barbaglia, Bildhauerei
Signe Raunkjær Holm, Zeitbezogene Medien

as of 2016
Leonie Rottmann, Zeitbezogene Medien
Laslo Strong, Grafik/Typografie/Fotografie

as of 2015
Daniel Hopp, Zeitbezogene Medien
Lulu Eliza MacDonald, Bildhauerei
Badrieh Wanli, Zeitbezogene Medien

as of 2014
Torben Wessel, Malerei/Zeichnen

as of 2013
Magnus Gburek, Design
Saskia Senge, Zeitbezogene Medien
Lisa Sperling, Film
Nuriye Tohermes, Design

as of 2011
Jens Franke, Zeitbezogene Medien
Marlene Denningmann, Film
Björn Last, Film

as of 2010
Nina Hollensteiner, Bildhauerei
Helena Wittmann, Film

as of 2009
Susanne Itzel, Freie Kunst

as of 2007
Lena Schmidt, Freie Kunst

as of 2006
Nora Klasing, Design


Annette Wehrmann, photography from the series Blumensprengungen, 1991-95; photo: Ort des Gegen e.V.

Conference: Counter-Monuments and Para-Monuments.

The international conference at HFBK Hamburg on December 2-4, 2021 – jointly conceived by Nora Sternfeld and Michaela Melián –, is dedicated to the history of artistic counter-monuments and forms of protest, discusses aesthetics of memory and historical manifestations in public space, and asks about para-monuments for the present.

23 Fragen des Institutional Questionaire, grafisch umgesetzt von Ran Altamirano auf den Türgläsern der HFBK Hamburg zur Jahresausstellung 2021; photo: Charlotte Spiegelfeld


Who speaks? Who paints which motif? Who is shown, who is not? Questions of identity politics play an important role in art and thus also at the HFBK Hamburg. In the current issue, the university's own Lerchenfeld magazine highlights university structures as well as student initiatives that deal with diversity and identity.

Grafik: Tim Ballaschke

Start of semester

After three semesters of hybrid teaching under pandemic conditions, we are finally about to start another semester of presence. We welcome all new students and teachers at the HFBK Hamburg and cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21, which this year will be accompanied by a guest lecture by ruangrupa.

Graphic design: Sam Kim, picture in the background: Sofia Mascate, photo: Marie-Theres Böhmker

Graduate Show 2021: All Good Things Come to an End

From September 24 to 26, the more than 150 Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the class of 2020/21 will present their final projects as part of the Graduate Show at the HFBK Hamburg. We would like to thank all visitors and participants.

photo: Klaus Frahm

Summer Break

The HFBK Hamburg is in the lecture-free period, many students and teachers are on summer vacation, art institutions have summer break. This is a good opportunity to read and see a variety of things:

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.

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?