Basically there are the following sources of financial assistance for doctoral studies:
- in the context of an employment at a university
- scholarship or position as a member of a Graduate School
- position in a company (industrial doctorate)
- a scholarship
- financing on your own
- financial support for women to complete a doctorate (from funds of the Rectorate's Commission for Gender Issues)
- Scholarships for international mobility of young researchers "youngGEOMATENUM international"
For applicants who want to do doctoral studies within a Graduate School a limited number of scholarships or positions will be offered.
For a scholarship or an appropriate support programme you can search either within the database of the German Academic Exchange Servise (DAAD), Funding Guide, or within the Electronic Research Funding Information System ELFI.
A (incomplete) overview obout the most important scholarship and support programmes for doctoral students as well as useful Web tips we prepared for you on this page.
- 1 Scholarships from the State of Saxony
- 2 Government support programmes
- 3 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- 4 Private foundations
- 5 Research funding through a programme of the European Union
- 6 General web-tips
Universities offer scholarships which are financed with resources of the state budget and regardless of the subject and degree. The doctoral students who apply for such a scholarship have to have passed the final examination with excellent (above average) results. Additionally the dissertation has to make an important contribution to science. Each university has a certain number of scholarships available and decides autonomously about the awarding. The applications for the scholarship have to be directed to the university at which you want to do the doctoral studies.
Application deadlines will be published on this page.
The appropriate regulation of the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art on the award of the Saxon State scholarships can be found here (non-official reading version) .
- support for re-entry in academic education for women who interrupted doctoral studies or habilitation because of birth of children or because of work
- Application deadlines/ places: see Scholarship from the State of Saxony
The related regulation of the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art on the award of scholarships for re-entry can be found here(non-official reading version).
An overview about the funding organizations as well as information about the requirements, admission requirements and the amount of payment is available on the website http://www.stipendiumplus.de.
- Avicenna-Studienwerk e.V. (www.avicenna-studienwerk.de) – Support of Muslim (doctoral) students of all disciplines
- Cusanuswerk – Support of catholic domestic and foreign students of all disciplines
- Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst (www.evstudienwerk.de) – Support of evangelical domestic and foreign students of all disciplines
- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (www.fes.de/studienfoerderung)
- Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (www.freiheit.org)
- Hans-Seidel-Stiftung (www.hss.de)
- Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (www.boeckler.de)
- Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (www.boell.de/Studienwerk)
- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (www.kas.de)
- Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (www.rosalux.de)
- Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (www.sdw.org)
- Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (www.studienstiftung.de)
- Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (www.eles-studienwerk.de)
Information about finding programmes (including the application for research projects with research assistant positions) you may find on the pages of the DFG http://www.dfg.de/en/
(also for foreign doctoral students)
The DAAD is the world´s largest organisation for the international exchange of students and scientists. Supported will be:
- Foreign graduates from universities who come to Germany for research visits or for doctoral studies.
Offers for doctoral studies are described here
- German graduates from universities who want to carry out research work abroad as a part of their doctoral thesis can apply at DAAD for scholarships for doing study, research or teaching abroad
Search for scholarships
Often the topic of the doctoral thesis is important for being awarded a scholarship from private foundations: it should correspond to the main focus of the foundation. Another difference to the Begabtenförderungswerke (organisations for promoting gifted students) is that only the subject-related qualification of the applicant is decisive for awarding a scholarship instead of e.g. social commitment. However, the number of offered scholarships is much lower than the number of scholarships offered by Begabtenförderungswerke. In the following there are given two examples of foundations which correspond to the profile of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Main subjects/ thematic priorities: change annually
Annually 60 scholarships
Main focus: environmental protection
Many of the small foundations are administrated by the Stifterverband Promoting Science and Education. This means they do not have head offices or websites. An investigation about foundations which offer scholarships is useful.
through the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020
- about Begabtenförderungswerke (organisations for promoting gifted students)
- about scholarship-networks, e.g. e-fellows
- European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)
- free positions for doctoral students and postdocs (with max. 5 years of research experience)