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Doctoral scholarships / 

Financial support

Financial support in Germany

The Studienstiftung offers generous financial support for Ph.D. students. Doctoral scholars receive € 1,450 a month, comprising a basic monthly stipend of € 1,350 and a research allowance of € 100 a month.

In addition, scholars can apply for a contribution towards the costs of health insurance, amounting to 50 % of documented costs to a maximum of € 100 a month. This contribution is available to scholars whose health insurance is not covered by employment (for example in research and teaching).

Family and childcare allowances are available for doctoral scholars. Further funding for childcare can be provided through a reallocation of scholarship funds from the final year of funding ("time for money").

Scholarship holders may pursue academic employment corresponding to a 25-percent part-time position, allowing further integration in the research context.

Funding for research and travel abroad

Doctoral scholars who travel abroad for research purposes, laboratory visits or to attend conferences can apply for grants for travel and additional living expenses.

Duration of funding

Funding is initially granted for two years. On application and subject to successful progress, the scholarship may be extended twice, for up to six months respectively. The maximum funding period is 36 months; for scholarship holders with children this period can be increased to 48 months. On the birth of a child during the funding period, mothers may extend their scholarships for a further three months to cover maternity leave. Previous periods of scholarship funding for the doctoral project will be deducted from the maximum funding period. A short-term suspension of funding is possible, for example during temporary employment in an academic position.