Doctoral Scholarships

Both resident as well as foreign doctoral students are eligible to apply for a doctoral scholarship in all disciplines (except for medical degrees).

Eligibility requirements for a doctoral scholarship include outstanding academic performance during undergraduate studies as well as  proof of social engagement in the spirit of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

Various kinds of scholarships for doctoral students exist which vary in their eligibility requirements. Applicants can only apply for one scholarship at a time!

German doctoral students enrolled in a public or publicly accredited institution of higher education in Germany, the EU or Switzerland are eligible for scholarships. Foreign doctoral students enrolled in a doctoral programme at a public or publicly accredited institution of higher education in Germany are also eligible. Foreign students who plan an extended research stay outside of Germany during their doctoral studies are also eligible for this scholarship.

Doctoral Scholarship

This scholarship is disbursed in line with the regulations established by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The standard duration of the scholarship lasts two years, but can be extended for an additional semester up to two times in individual cases. Additional domestic or foreign doctoral funding will be subtracted from the duration of the scholarship.

Scholarships exclusively for completing an ongoing dissertation are not awarded. Scholarships cannot be awarded for dissertations being written part-time alongside other employment.

The doctoral scholarship is largely independent of one’s income and consists of 1350€ per month. Additional lump sum payments of 100€ to cover research costs and further health care subsidies are also available. Scholarship holders can also receive funding to cover stays abroad (for research, attending conferences, etc.).

Double funding (such as receiving two publicly funded scholarships simultaneously or receiving unemployment benefits along with the scholarship) is principally excluded.

Inquiries and Information

Tel.: (030) 44310-223

Office hours for applicants: 

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

from 17.3. until 31.3. also Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.