There are numerous organizations in Germany, Europe and throughout the world that offer individual doctoral fellowships. Although there may be similarities among the application and awards procedures, each organization sets its own prerequisites and requires different applications. In addition, each funding agency has its own deadlines.
If you would like to receive personalized advice about applying for fellowships, please feel free to contact the Graduate Academy Service Point.
The links provided below will give you a overview of some of the best known funding organizations as well as some useful search engines.
The Graduate Academy awards doctoral fellowships through the Baden-Württemberg Landesgraduiertenförderung Programme. The call for applications will be posted in March for fellowships that begin in August. They comprise a funding period of up to three years.
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DAAD additional fellowships
The DAAD awards additional fellowships to accompany LGF fellowships for longer stays abroad and for binational dissertations. More information:
» GRAFÖG (additional DAAD fellowships) (German only)
Fellowships through the Organizations for the Promotion of Young Talent (Begabtenförderungswerke)
In Germany there are 12 funding organizations for the promotion of young talent. These organizations are carried by 12 different societal agencies (political parties, churches etc.) and all 12 organizations award doctoral fellowships.
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There is more information about financing options in our Information Brochure for Doctoral Candidates as well as in the (German) brochure of the Heidelberg Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Fellowship Search Engines
- www.mystipendium.de (in German)
Mystipendium.de is a database developed by doctoral students containing 1240 funding opportunities. Students at all levels can use the personalized search function involving more than 30 filter criteria (e.g. discipline, desired degree, age, family status, grades, individual talents etc.) to find funding that fits their individual situations. The portal also provides hints for writing successful applications and contains a separate rubric for finding funding to go abroad.
- Stipendienlotse (in German)
This funding database maintained by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research contains a large variety of fellowships and other funding opportunities for students, doctoral students and post docs.
A funding database including information and support for academic careers.
The ELFI funding database is only accessible to University members at on-campus computers.
- DAAD Database
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is a cooperative organization supported by all German universities with the aim of promoting good international relations among universities in Germany and abroad through the exchange of students and researchers as well as with international programs and projects.
- Scholarship Portal
A very comprehensive funding database supported by the EU.
A database of funding organizations in Germany.
- DFG - Funding Programs
A list of all funding programs provided by the DFG (German Research Council). This web site is of particular interest to those in the final stages of their doctoral training who are searching for post doc opportunities.