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What kind of financial support is available to students who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis or who are facing financial hardships due to the pandemic?

Interim financial aid funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Interim financial aid provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help those students who can prove that they are faced with financial hardship caused by the pandemic, who need immediate help, and who are unable to overcome their pandemic-related hardship by making use of other sources of support. Interim financial aid can be applied for by German and foreign students who are enrolled at a public or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany.

Further information can be found here.

SoliFUnd: Financial support for Freie Universität students

Financial support is available for Freie Universität students thanks to a fundraising campaign launched by researchers here at our university. Students can apply for an individual, one-time payment of 500 euros. Applications must be submitted online through the studierendenWERK BERLIN website: www.stw.berlin/solifund. Applications will be processed in the order received. 

  • Online application form for SoliFUnd funding from studierendenWERK BERLIN (in German): www.stw.berlin/solifund
  • studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counseling Center: Telephone consultations available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tel.: 030 / 93939 8437 or 030 / 93939 8408
  • Read the campus.leben interview with Reinhard Bernbeck, professor at the Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology at Freie Universität and member of the “Dienstagskreis” list in the Academic Senate, who was responsible for starting the SoliFUnd initiative: https://www.fu-berlin.de/campusleben/lernen-und-lehren/2020/200525-solifund-2-interview-bernbeck/index.html (in German)