Programme Description

The FNS doctoral funding is intended for highly talented post-graduates from abroad.
Equal importance is placed on both material and non-material support: Scholarship, study cost- and foreign residence allowances, etc. are a means to ensure financial stability. But participating in education projects, getting involved in activities by other scholarship holders and contributing ideas to the Foundation’s work is what breathes life into non-material support.

The candidates’ academic records show a special talent for scientific work and outstanding promise for contributions to research. The scholarships are awarded independent of parental income and need not be repaid.

Not eligible for funding are
  • doctoral theses in the fields of human medicine or dentistry
  • post-doctoral programmes
  • post-graduate courses
  • doctoral theses in their final stages
  • projects such as funding for printing costs, travel allowances, etc.

Law graduates are only eligible for application, if they have already completed their legal internship or if they start the internship after completion of their doctoral thesis. The doctoral programme may not be interrupted by a period of internship.

Target Group

early-career scientists committed to the political ideas of the German liberal party who are willing to take responsibility. Scholars come from any discipline at universities of applied sciences or higher-education institutions in Germany and are considered to be members of the liberal family.

Academic Requirements

unconditional admission to a doctoral programme or enrolment for a post-graduate course

Number of Scholarships

Every year the Foundation supports about 150 doctoral candidates from Germany and abroad.


Post-graduate scholarships are initially awarded for one year; they may be extended by a further year on application. Sponsorship for a period exceeding three years is possible only for another year in cases of exception, such as childcare responsibilities or illness.

Scholarship Value

The sponsorship is worth up to EUR 1,200 per month plus a contribution to health insurance. Besides, the FNS offers non-material support in the form of a variety of projects, events and initiatives.

Application Papers

You will find all application forms and relevant information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

Applications are only possible here. Closing dates for application are 30 April and 31 October of each year.

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