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LFG application – Individual fellowships through the Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGF)

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The Heidelberg Graduate Academy will be awarding individual doctoral fellowships funded through the LGF program to doctoral candidates with above-average qualifications (depending on the allocation of funds by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts).

Applications for an individual doctoral fellowship and applications for the extension of an individual doctoral fellowship can be submitted as of now. Please take note of the information about the application requirements and procedure below.


General Information about the Application for LGF-Fellowships

Important Dates:

Call for applications:   01 March 2021
Application deadline: 28 April 2021
Start of fellowship: 01 August 2021
Duration: Up to 3 years
Amount: 1,468 Euro/month incl. a travel and materials allowance of 103 Euro/month


Prerequisites for an application:


  • Successfully completed university degree (Masters level or equivalent)
  • Confirmation of admission as a doctoral candidate to your Faculty at Heidelberg University or enrollment certificate on which your intended degree is listed as "Promotion m. Abschlussprfg."
  • Academic supervision by a professor or associate professor
  • Outstanding qualifications and a scientific project that is expected to make a significant contribution to current research

Please note:

  • Applications submitted after the deadline, as well as incomplete applications, will not be considered.
  • If you wish to withdraw your application, please notify the University of Heidelberg Graduate Academy immediately.
  • As a general rule, you are not eligible for a doctoral fellowship if you are currently receiving an equivalent fellowship for your doctoral studies from public or private sources or if you have received such a fellowship in the past for a duration of more than 12 months. The duration of funding received from another source will be deducted from the duration of an LGF doctoral fellowship. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Graduate Academy.
  • Employment while receiving the fellowship is only permitted if the employment is related to the subject area of your doctoral studies or to a possible field of work that you could pursue after completing your doctorate. The employment must not exceed 25% of a full-time position.
  • After you have combined your application documents into one single PDF, please check to make sure that the PDF can be opened and the contents can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Submit your application

   If you are applying for the first time, please follow these steps:
  • Fill out and submit the online application form with the following attachments (in a single PDF file):

    1. Outline of your doctoral project (max. 5 pages) and a bibliography
    2. Schedule until completion of the project
    3. Curriculum vitae in table form
    4. Qualifying university degree and certificates (generally Diplom or Master; in German or English)
    5. Certificate of admission as a doctoral candidate to your faculty
  • Ask two university professors to each fill out and submit a reportAdobe by the application deadline.
Illustration: LGF application for an individual fellowship


Submit your request for an extension

Pfeil Application for the extension of an individual fellowship

   To apply for an extension of your individual fellowship, please follow these steps:

  • Fill out and submit the online application form with the following attachments (in a single PDF file):

    1. Interim report (max. 5 pages) on the status of the dissertation
    2. Schedule until completion of the thesis

If you are applying for a third extension, please include in the PDF a document that explains in detail the challenges and circumstances that have led to a significant delay in the progress of your doctoral project (e.g. caring for a child).


How your application is handled:

Your application documents as well as the report(s) to accomany your application must be submitted to the Graduate Academy by the application deadline. An automatic email will be sent to you as soon as your application has been received; you will also receive an automatic message as soon as your evaluator(s) has/have submitted a report on your behalf to the Graduate Academy.

After the application deadline your application and the accompanying report(s) will be ranked by a faculty board. The university committee of the LGF program will make a final decision afterwards.




Privacy notice:

Your information and documents – unless submitted voluntarily – are necessary in order to decide on your application. Without this information, your application cannot be processed.

Please see the Data Protection Declaration of Heidelberg University for further information.


Frequently Asked Questions

A page with the most frequently asked questions about LGF fellowships is available here:
► FAQs about individual doctoral fellowships within the LGF program


Statutes are available in German only.



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