Programme Description

The Foundation of German Business (SDW) offers doctoral candidates a vast number of opportunities ranging from various seminars and training programmes to financial support. Courses are held in German, so that candidates should have German language skills of at least intermediate level (B2 or DSH 2). The Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme is centred on a variety of political, economic and social issues with corporate responsibility being an underlying theme throughout the entire course. The Foundation strongly encourages communication between the students and representatives from the fields of business, science, politics, culture and administration. The preparatory course is a special scholarship programme by the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme for doctoral candidates who have obtained a degree in teaching. The sponsorship also entails an additional programme with an annually changing focus.

Target Group

junior researchers from Germany and abroad with a higher-education degree who have been admitted to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognized German higher-education institution

Academic Requirements

higher-education degree and admission to a doctoral programme in Germany

Number of Scholarships

about 250 ongoing doctoral scholarships each year and around 40 new admissions per year


until the end of the doctorate, with a maximum funding of two years and the option for two renewals of six months each

Scholarship Value

The scholarship amount depends on the income of the candidate. In addition to the scholarship funding a research cost allowance is paid, independent of income, as well as a family allowance, if applicable
  • maximum amount of EUR 1,350 per month
  • research cost allowance (non means-tested) of EUR 100 per month
  • family allowance of EUR 155 per month
  • support for stays abroad
  • childcare allowance

Application Papers

Please submit your application at the application portal first. All information can be found here

Application Deadline

The application deadlines and further information can be found here.

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