An overview about 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

1.1 Scholarship from the State of Saxony

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 for the current announcement is the 25th of January 2022. For more information see on the Blog of the GraFA.

The appropriate regulation of the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art on the award of the Saxon State scholarships can be found here. For better understanding a non-official reading version of the translation of these regulation is available.

1.2 Re-entry scholarship for young parents after a break because of giving birth to a child

  • support for re-entry in academic education for women who interrupted doctoral studies or habilitation because of birth of children or because of work
  • Applications can be sent at any time to Dr. Wopat wopatattu-freiberg [dot] de, who will then clarify the formalities with you. It is advisable to submit the application before the start of the interruption, ideally by the beginning of November of the previous year, so that the necessary funds can be applied for from the Ministry of Science at an early stage. 

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).


2 Government support programmes

2.1 Begabtenförderungswerke (organisations for promoting gifted students)

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

2.2 German Research Foundation (DFG)

Information about finding programmes (including the application for research projects with research assistant positions) you may find on the pages of the DFG


3 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

(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


4 Private foundations

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.

4.1 Evonik Foundation

Main subjects/ thematic priorities: change annually

4.2 German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

PhD Scholarships

Annually 60 scholarships
Main focus: The DBU funds innovative, exemplary and solution-oriented projects for the protection of the environment, with special consideration of small and medium-sized enterprises. The funding activities focus on environmental technology and research, nature conservation, environmental communication and protection of cultural assets.
Deadlines: 15th of January and 15th of June every year

Website for PhD Scholarships

Fellowships for university graduates from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - doctoral candidates can apply if the doctoral project is not completed until after the end of the scholarship

funding period: 6-12 months
Website for these scholarships

4.3 More

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.


5 Research funding through a programme of the European Union

through the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020


6 General web-tips

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, or on the internet portal "Stipendienratgeber"of The following links include information

  • free positions for doctoral students and postdocs (with max. 5 years of research experience)


7 Scholarship for the finalization of the doctorate

With funds of the Rectorate Commission for Gender Issues TU Bergakademie Freiberg is funding the finalization of the doctorate. Because of the funding purpose, priority is given to women and fathers whose project progress has been delayed due to family obligations. They can apply to the Rectorate Commission for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion for a grant to support the completion of their doctorate for a maximum of six months by 28 February and 31 August of each year. A prior consultation with the Faculty's Equal Opportunities Officer is obligatory, during which you present the project status you have reached, including the chapters you have already worked on, as well as the work programme planned for the funding period. The scholarship regulations contain all important information.

Falls Sie Stipendienprogramme kennen, die Sie hier nicht finden, freuen wir uns über einen Hinweis, den Sie gern an corina [dot] dungeratgrafa [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de ( Frau Dr. Dunger) senden können.