Programme Description

Candidates are international students from all subjects (except the medical disciplines) who have been admitted to a doctoral programme at a German higher-education institution. Eligibility criteria include an excellent school and academic record and voluntary social and political involvement. Scholars are paid the amount of EUR 1,200 per month over a period of usually two and at most three years. The scholarship also entails comprehensive non-material support.

Target Group

Anybody who has been unconditionally accepted for a doctorate at a German institution of higher education is invited to apply – except the medical disciplines.

Academic Requirements

  • admission to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognized higher-education institution in Germany
  • sufficient knowledge of German, although the courses are held in English. This means a 'Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang' of at least DSH level 2, a 'Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache' of at least level 4 or a 'Zertifikat C 1' by a Goethe Institute

Number of Scholarships

about 15 scholarships per year


two to three years maximum; in justified cases funding may be exceptionally granted beyond this period, though at most until the final examination.

Scholarship Value

  • EUR 1,200 per month
  • networking within student- and working groups
  • comprehensive seminar programme
  • participation in symposia

Application Papers

application forms and further information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time; there are, however, specific timelines which are detailed here.

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