International Student Team

Kurt Hahn Trust

The Trust seeks to foster Anglo-German understanding, and to honour the memory of Kurt Hahn. Hahn's initiatives led to the foundation of Schule Schloss Salem, Gordonstoun, Outward Bound, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the first United World College.

It was founded in 1986 by Mr Peter Carpenter, then Director of Studies in Education at Churchill College. He had the active support of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who became Founder-Chairman of the Trust. Both had been pupils of Kurt Hahn's at Gordonstoun School.

The Trust's funds are handled by its Patrons, Trustees and Committee of Management.

The fund has been built up through the generosity of donors in both Germany and the United Kingdom, including gifts from numerous former holders of Kurt Hahn awards. If you wish to make a donation to the Trust, please use the donation form below:

UK tax payers should note that the Trust is a registered charity and donations attract Gift Aid relief.

Awards offered by the Trust

The Trust offers the following scholarships and bursaries:

Kurt Hahn Trust/DAAD Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service has offered one University of Cambridge Kurt Hahn Trust Scholarship for the academical year 2014-15. The Scholarship will normally be awarded to an outstanding postgraduate student or an undergraduate student at present in his or her final year, of British nationality, who wishes to spend a year in the Republic of Germany on a full course of study or independent research at a university or technical university.

Please note that applications cannot be considered from applicants for practical areas such as Music, Art, Film, Theatre etc. If you wish to apply for funding in these subject areas, please contact the DAAD directly for details on scholarships in this field:

The scholarship will comprise of 750 Euros per month for students working towards a Masters degree and 1,000 Euros per month for students working towards a PhD and undertaking postdoctoral research. Successful scholars will also be entitled to an award towards travel costs. Candidates should have a good working knowledge of the German language. Further support for a specialised German language course can be made available as an additional part of the Scholarship.

Information on how to apply:

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January 2014.

Awards for Study in Germany

The Trustees of the Kurt Hahn Trust offer annual awards in the region of £500 - £1000 towards expenses on courses in Germany during the long vacation 2014, designed to improve a student's knowledge of the German language and German culture and institutions. Applicants for these grants must be members of the University of Cambridge: either as undergraduates or Graduate Students. Students of German in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages are not eligible. Preference will be given to graduate students who have British nationality. Applicants should ask their College Tutor and a Faculty member for references to certify that the award would be of benefit to their academic work.

Application forms are available online:

The closing date for receipt of applications and references is 07 March 2014.

Summer schools in Berlin and Kassel

The German Cambridge Society is offering two scholarships to enable students from Cambridge to attend the International Summer School at the Humboldt University in Berlin and one scholarship to attend at the Hessen International Summer University at the University of Kassel. The scholarships are open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those from Modern and Medieval Languages. Native speakers of German are not eligible.

The scholarship will include the course fee and accommodation but does not include travel to Germany or the refundable deposit for accommodation in Germany.

For information on the two summer schools, please see:

The course available at Humboldt is 'Berlin: Deutsche Hauptstadt - Europäische Metropole'

The closing date for receipt of applications and references is 07 March 2014.
the deadline for applications for the summer school at the University of Kassel has been extended to 07 April 2014 - please send completed application forms, CV and references to the address below or by email to ***

Awards to German Students

The Trustees of the Kurt Hahn Trust invite applications for Kurt Hahn Scholarships for the academical year 2014-15. The Scholarships are intended to assist students of German nationality to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Scholars, if not already members of the University, will be required to become so before the end of the Michaelmas Term 2014, and will be required to become a candidate for a Cambridge degree or to carry out approved research as part of a degree of their home university. Scholars should be based in Cambridge for the majority of the academic year. Candidates should note that the Board of Graduate Studies' usual deadline for applications for a research degree is 31 March in any year.

The Scholarships are tenable for one year only, and the value will depend on the financial circumstances of the Scholar, but will be in the region of £2,000 and will not cover the cost of University or College fees: the Scholarships are intended to be a contribution towards maintenance costs. Applicants should note that they are only eligible for one scholarship from the Trust during their lifetime; unsuccessful applicants may reapply for funding for subsequent years. Academic merit will not be the only consideration: evidence of more than usual enterprise, breadth of interest, and social awareness will also be considered.

Application forms are available online:

The closing date for receipt of applications and references is 07 March 2014.

Address for applications

Applications and references for all awards should be sent to:

Secretary of the Kurt Hahn Trust
International Student Team
17 Mill Lane

The email address for enquiries is