Informationen für ausländische Promovierende aus Nicht-EU-Ländern

Information for foreign doctoral students from non-EU countries

Information about the scholarship

Doctoral scholarships are initially granted for one year and may be extended for two more years. As a rule, the doctorate is supported for three years. Funding beyond three years is only possible for up to one year in exceptional cases such as illness or childcare.

We offer workshops, training courses and seminars on current scientific and competence-oriented areas such as academic writing, presenting academic results, career planning or project management through our extensive non-material support.

We accompany our doctoral students throughout their doctoral studies and support you both academically through our liaison lecturers and personally through our employees.

The scholarships are awarded according to the guidelines of the Federal Foreign Office.

  • Richtlinien des Auswärtigen Amts über die Förderung, Betreuung und Nachbetreuung von ausländischen Studierenden, Praktikanten, Graduierten und Wissenschaftlern (Stipendien-Richtlinien)

Unfortunately, we cannot fund the following:

  • Doctorates in human medicine and dentistry
  • Doctorates abroad
  • Postdoctoral programmes
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Doctorates during the final phase
  • Projects, printing subsidies or travel for non-scholarship holders

Persons with a law degree can only apply for a doctoral scholarship if they have already completed their postgraduate traineeship or will only start it after their doctorate. Unfortunately, the doctorate may not be interrupted by a postgraduate traineeship.



  • Required application documents for doctoral students