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Prize and scholarship recipients at the 2019 annual exhibition, Photo: Evi Künstle (© HfG Karlsruhe)

Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design awards students’ excellent achievements with numerous prizes and scholarships. These are made possible by public and private sponsors and donors, and each prize varies in their structure. Some prizes are open to all subject areas while others are limited to one, and the planned project or work may also vary. The majority of the prizes acknowledge excellent degrees or works. Here you will find a selection of prizes and scholarships offered at HfG.

Prizes of the Fördergesellschaft

Since 1998, the Fördergesellschaft ZKM/HfG has supported students of the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung with an annual award ceremony for outstanding semester projects, master's or diploma theses in the fields of exhibition design and scenography, product design, communication design and media art, as well as art research and media philosophy with substantial prizes financed by the Fördergesellschaft and numerous scholarship donors.

State Postgraduate Sponsorship Program (Landesgraduiertenförderung)

Funding opportunities within the state postgraduate sponsorship program will be promptly announced. State postgraduate sponsorship is offered biannually.

Baden-Württemberg Scholarship

With this scholarship, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung offers young people from Baden-Württemberg the chance to spend some time abroad, as well as for foreign scholarship recipients to get to know Baden-Württemberg. Students at HfG Karlsruhe within the program take up a funded international study of three to five months at one of the non-European partner universities. The scholarship funds particularly qualified students. A good to very good academic performance as well as social and inter-cultural competency are criteria for eligibility. In addition to the total funding amount, each student will receive between 5000 and 6000 Euros each semster. The scholarship is limited to one study semester abroad. Further costs for travel are not covered.

You will find further information at the International Office.

Book Prize Scholarship in Cooperation with Spector Books

In cooperation with the publisher Spector Books (Leipzig), the rectorate annually announces the book prize scholarship. With this scholarship, students of HfG Karlsruhe from the praxis subjects Exhibition Design and Scenography, Communication Design, Media Art and Product Design can realize and publish their project plans in book form together with Spector Books. The publisher guides the realization of the book with their profound knowledge and ensures its recognition through its international distribution network. The jury session with members from all practice fields takes place in the beginning of July. The results will be announced in the ZKM award ceremony at the end of the semester in mid-July.

Conditions for application and deadlines will be announced in due course.

PROMOS Scholarship

Scholarship for am internship or a study visit in a non-European country (external to Erasmus).

Fulbright Scholarship

Scholarship for postgraduate study visits in the USA. Further information can be found at the International Office as well as at

France Scholarship

The Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk (DFJW) offers scholarships for a study visit of two to five months at a French Ecole d’art. Students of art universities, academies for fine art and technical colleges in Germany are eligible to apply.

Further information can be found at the International Office.

Further Prizes and Scholarships

The nomination for prizes and scholarships such as the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes,” the ZKM Fördergesellschaft prize, the Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship or Karlsruhe Culture Scholarship proceeds through suggestions by professors at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe.