Doctoral scholars receive 1,550 EUR a month, health insurance grants and additional family and childcare allowances are also possible. Doctoral scholarship holders who travel abroad for research, laboratory visits or a conference attendance can apply to receive grants for travel and living expenses as well as tuition fees.
Applications are welcome from international candidates who have been accepted to a doctoral programme at a German university where the thesis will also be submitted.
- The last academic degree should have been completed no longer than 4 years prior to submission of the application.
- The doctoral candidate has been accepted for a doctoral programme at a German university where the thesis will also be submitted.
Number of Scholarships
- grant amount of 1,550 EUR a month, comprising a basic monthly stipend of 1,450 EUR and a research allowance of 100 EUR a month
- Scholars can apply for a contribution towards the costs of health insurance, amounting to 50 percent of documented costs to a maximum of 100 EUR a month. This contribution is available to scholars whose health insurance is not covered by employment (for example in research and teaching).
- Family and childcare allowances are available for doctoral scholars. Further funding for childcare can be provided through a reallocation of scholarship funds from the final, 4th, year of funding.
- Scholarship holders may pursue academic employment corresponding to a 25-percent part-time position, allowing further integration in the research context.
- Doctoral scholars who travel abroad for research purposes, laboratory visits or to attend conferences can apply for grants for travel and additional living expenses.
- Holders of doctoral scholarships are supported by an adviser in the Studienstiftung’s office and a personal tutor at their home university, who follow their academic and personal development and offer guidance on issues relating to their scholarship and doctoral research.
- participation in doctoral forums
- range of academic programmes which include summer academies, short conferences and seminars on professional development as well as events planned by scholarship holders or offers from the alumni network
- an exceptionally challenging and innovative scientific dissertation project that can be completed within a funding period of 3 years
- appropriate supervision of the project and the doctoral candidate with a view to finalising the project
- successfully completed studies showing commitment and above-average marks
- a sustained commitment beyond one's own interests during the doctoral or study phase as well as a broad spectrum of interests beyond what is professionally required