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Graduate Academy Heidelberg University

LGF program

Im Neuenheimer Feld 370
69120 Heidelberg


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You can find the contact person for LGFG fellowships at your faculty here.

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LFG application – Individual fellowships through the Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGF)

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Call for Applications

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).

The call for applications for the year 2024 has expired. The next call for applications is expected to begin in March 2025.



General Information about the Application for LGF-Fellowships

Important Dates:

Call for applications:   01 March 2025
Application deadline: 11 April 2025
Start of fellowship: 01 August 2025
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.
  • Please only submit the number of evaluations indicated in the application instructions. Additional evaluations will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • It is not possible to receive an LGF fellowship if the following conditions apply to you:
    • you were employed as a Mitarbeiter/in nach TV-L or a wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft at Heidelberg University (not including the University Hospital) in the three months before the start of the funding AND
    • your employment consisted of a contract of more than 25% of a full-time position AND
    • the work you did has a direct connection to your doctoral project (this means that through the contract you earned income for doing the research that makes up your doctoral project).

      If this describes your funding situation, please contact the Graduate Academy.
  • It is possible to be employed while receiving the fellowship only if the working hours are not more than 25% of a full-time position. Additionally, the employment must be related to the subject area of your doctorate or to a possible field of work that you could pursue after obtaining your doctorate. However, there can be no overlap between the work carried out within your employment and the activities that are funded through the fellowship.
  • 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 registration 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 report Adobe 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 registration 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).

  • Ask your doctoral supervisor to fill out and submit an assessment of your interim report Adobe  by the application deadline.


How your application is handled:

The online registration form, your application documents as well as the report(s) to accompany your application must be submitted to the Graduate Academy by the application deadline. An automatic email will be sent to you as soon as

  1. you have filled out and submitted the online registration form. This email will provide you with your LGFG identification number and the relevant additional information required for the application for the fellowship,
  2. an evaluation for your application has been uploaded. Please note that a new application for an individual fellowship requires two reports from two university professors. Therefore, you should receive two emails, each confirming the receipt of one evaluation report. Please also check your spam folder.

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




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