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  • Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung - Emergency Aid for Students
    All students (including exchange students) enrolled at HfMT can apply. The main criteria for funding is the financial and personal situation of the applicant. The application form is available in German and English. You can find the application form at Application deadline is May 5, 2022.
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  • Scholarships for final projects/theses with a gender theme
    The scholarships of the Equal Opportunity Commission are aimed at students of all fields of study in Bachelor's and Master's programs who deal with a gender-related issue in their final thesis. The thesis must be completed in the summer semester of 2022 or the winter semester of 2022/23. Application deadline is May 15, 2022.
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  • Female Underrepresentation (Jazz/Pop) Scholarships
    This year's Equal Opportunity Commission scholarships to female students in subjects of female underrepresentation are for female musicians in the field of jazz/pop. Female students majoring in Department 6 are eligible to apply, and the goal of the scholarship is to encourage excellent female students in fields where women have been underrepresented. Application deadline is May 8,2022 and an audition is expected to be held
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  • Scholarship Program of the German Music Council
    The scholarship program 2022 of the German Music Council within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR is entering the second round of applications! In addition to instrumentalists and singers, conductors, composers and master's graduates from the graduation years 2019/20/21/22 are eligible to apply. All artists* from the aforementioned groups are included who come from contemporary and early music, the classical-romantic genre, new music, the transcultural sector, and traditional to modern jazz. FAQs with all important information about eligibility and application procedures can be found here: 

    Applications for the second round of the 2022 Fellowship Program will be accepted online from May 09, 2022 to May 25, 2022 at:

Apply for a Deutschlandstipendium

Every year at the end of the summer semester, the Cologne University of Music and Dance announces Deutschlandstipendien among students who are or will be enrolled at the beginning of the award period, with effect from the respective winter semester.The Deutschlandstipendium is intended to provide a reliable additional source of funding, initially for a period of one year, to selected, particularly talented and committed students who, in addition to excellent academic performance, have also assumed social responsibility and/or successfully overcome obstacles in their own life and educational path.
Further information: 

The next application period is expected to start in August 2022. You will find all further information here then.

First-year students or students already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program (first degree) or a master's degree program who will be enrolled as first-time students at HfMT or who are already enrolled.


The amount of the Deutschlandstipendium is € 3,600.00 per year, which is paid out in installments of € 300.00 per month, with € 150.00 coming from private sponsors and € 150.00 from federal public funds.

If you meet the requirements, we look forward to receiving your application. The application takes the form of an online application. The next application period is expected to start in August 2022. You will find all further information here then.

Contact: Kristina Preis deutschlandstipendium(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de 

  • The German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) is the oldest and largest foundation for the promotion of gifted students in the Federal Republic of Germany. According to its statutes, it promotes "the higher education of young people whose high academic or artistic talent and personality give rise to expectations of special achievements in the service of the general public". Scholarship holders are selected and supported independently of political, ideological and religious guidelines. Information can be found at At the Cologne University of Music and Dance, Prof. Christian Wetzel is the contact person and trusted lecturer for the German National Academic Foundation. 
  • Study and doctoral support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Every year, the Heinrich Böll Foundation sponsors around 1400 students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines and nationalities, both in universities and in technical colleges/universities in Germany. We expect our scholarship holders to have outstanding academic or scientific achievements, social commitment and political interest as well as an active engagement with the foundation's core values: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. Information can be found at
  • Educational Guidance Guarantee Fund Higher Education the Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V. works in close coordination with the Educational Counseling Guarantee Fund Higher Education. The educational counselors provide support in questions of school and professional integration. Together with those seeking advice, they plan the commencement or continuation of university studies or entry into academic employment. They check the eligibility requirements according to the guidelines "Garantiefonds Hochschulbereich" of the BMFSFJ and forward the applications to the Otto Benecke Stiftung e.V. for financial support. The educational counseling service also supervises and advises GF-H participants during the funded measures. Information can be found at
  • Federal Association of German Foundations (with keyword search: "music")
  • Stipendium Plus

There are also funding opportunities through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). These support you in projects that you want to realize abroad or support you as a foreign student in your final thesis. If you have any questions about funding opportunities, please contact the Service Office for International Affairs international-office(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de.

The aim of the scholarship program is to promote the mobility of students at German universities. Furthermore, it is intended to give students whose plans do not fit into any other scholarship program the chance to realize their stay abroad.The Cologne University of Music and Dance uses these funds, which are provided by the DAAD, to support the following scholarships abroad:

  • Language courses (3 weeks to 6 months)
  • Specialized courses or summer courses (up to 6 weeks)
  • Study trips including competition trips (up to 12 days)


  • Very good performance

Duration of funding

  • Max. 6 months

Application deadline

  • 15.03. of each year

The aim of the graduation scholarship is to give foreign students who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own the opportunity to complete their studies in a focused manner. The graduation scholarship is aimed at all foreign students who have achieved good academic results and will graduate within the current university year. Here, financial support is granted for a maximum of six months and paid for the last semester of your studies (graduation at the end of the summer semester: April - September).

The selection is based on the following criteria

  • personal circumstances, in particular proof of hardship through no fault of your own
  • completion of studies in the current academic year
  • motivation
  • academic performance.

Please submit the following application materials:

  • Application form 
  • Letter of motivation
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from the main subject teacher
  • details of income and expenses, both in tabular form and corresponding supporting documents
  • transcript of records as well as proof that you are registered for the final examination. 

You can get all the information directly from the DAAD.


Students may receive BAföG in order to finance their studies, if their own financial resources and those of their parents or their life partners are inadequate.

Another possibility to finance your studies may be a part-time job. You'll find numerous working opportunities in Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week, without having to pay social security contributions.
But, international students have to consider some more important points before getting started with a part-time job. You will find the necessary information hier.
In search of a part-time job you may get help here:

Besides the online job advertisements you can also have a look at the notice board near the canteen or the glass boards of the different departments and institutes. Jobs as student/research assistants (studentische Hilfskräfte/SHK) in the service bureau, support bureau or library are often offered.  

There are also lots of music schools in Cologne looking for teachers.

Start Live is an artist agency founded by students of the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Center for International Arts Management Cologne (CIAM), where you can be referred for performances by entering your name in a file.