Financing

Financing your Doctorate

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possibilities for financing a doctorate

With secure funding, you can invest more time and energy in your doctorate. The Graduate Academy provides you with information on funding options for your doctorate.

You have various options for financing your doctorate. Doctoral students work as research assistants at the university, part-time in a company or receive an explicitly designated, rather rare doctoral position. If applicable, you may be eligible for a doctoral scholarship and can, thus, concentrate fully on your doctorate.

For individual consultation, please contact the Graduate Academy Team via making an appointment for a consultation via this form.

 

 

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Contact

Kontaktperson
Sandra Dietzel
Referentin für wissenschaftliche Nachwuchsförderung
Raum: Rz/A/0/32
Telefon: +493461 46-2361

Doctoral scholarships

Foundations and funding organizations

The scholarships granted by sponsoring organizations and foundations usually run for three years. Most foundations have fixed application deadlines twice a year, which you can find on the websites listed below. Before applying, it is best to check whether the idealistic (party/political or denominational) and thematic orientation of the foundation or the respective sponsoring organization is compatible with your personal attitudes as well as the topic of your PhD. The following table provides a quick overview:

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research ­allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for families, childcare, travel expenses, conference fees­)

Conditions

  • Muslim orientation
  • initial phase of the doctorate
  • social commitment
  • convincing justification for your application

Further Information

https://www.avicenna-studienwerk.de/scholarship/

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research ­allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for families, health insurance­)

Conditions

  • Jewish orientation
  • initial phase of the doctorate
  • social commitment in Jewish communities, in the social sector, in youth work, in studen­t organizations or in the societal environment­
  • social responsibility­, awareness and ability to engage in a dialogue

Further Information

https://eles-studienwerk.de/foerderung/promovierendenfoerderung/

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research ­allowance

Conditions

  • Protestant orientation
  • belonging to a Protestant church
  • support in the initial phase

Further Information

https://www.evstudienwerk.de/english/doctoral.html

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research ­allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for families, childcare, health insurance­)

Conditions

  • Catholic orientation
  • membership of the Catholic Church
  • strong sense of social responsibility­, voluntary work, creativity, openness and ability to reflect ­

Further Information

https://www.cusanuswerk.de/foerderung/finanzielle-foerderung/foerderung-von-promovierenden  (only available in German)

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,500 (if applicable, monthly child supplement) + monthly €210 or annually €2,520 in kind for the caring institution

Conditions

  • technical orientation (environmental protection and nature conservation)
  • innovative approaches to environmental and nature conservation solutions
  • reference to the environmental situation in Germany or to global environmental tasks
  • existing contact to the working group or future supervisor

Further Information

https://www.dbu.de/2821.html

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research ­allowance

Conditions

  • political orientation (social-democratic)
  • socio-political commitment in line with the values of social democracy, personal commitment to society

Further Information

https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/ (only available in German)

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 per month + €100 research allowance

Conditions

  • political orientation (liberalist)
  • personal commitment and dedication to a liberal and open society

Further Information

https://www.freiheit.org/scholarships-for-doctoral-students

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 per month + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for families, childcare­, stays abroad)

Conditions

  • political orientation (Christian-social)
  • voluntary commitment (politics, church, social association, sports, music, etc.)
  • political interest
  • ppproval of the goals of the Hanns Seidel Foundation

Further Information

https://www.hss.de/en/scholarship-programmes/

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 per month + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for families, childcare­, health insurance)

Conditions

  • political orientation (trade union)
  • trade union or socio-political commitment
  • if possible, the doctoral project should have socio-political relevance.

Further Information

https://www.boeckler.de/en/scholarships-37501.htm

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 per month + €100 research allowance (if applicable, family allowance)

Conditions

  • political orientation (Green)
  • responsibility in politics, science and society and worldwide commitment to the basic values of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Further Information

https://www.boell.de/en/scholarships

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,600

Conditions

  • professional orientation (technical-scientific)
  • preference is given to doctoral scholarships within eligible research projects
  • development and research in scientific and technical fields

Further Information

https://www.johannes-huebner-stiftung.de/#page-content (only available in German)

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,850 + annual: €1,000 material cost allowance ­(+ a one-off payment of €5,000 for travel expenses and materials for the caregiver)

Conditions

  • professional orientation (chemistry)
  • German or EU citizenship
  • application only possible at a maximum of four months after start of the doctorate
  • completion of the doctoral thesis in an outstanding, chemically oriented research group at a university or non-university research institution

Further Information

https://www.vci.de/fonds/downloads-fonds/publikationen/2021-04-foederprogramm-des-fonds.pdf

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplement for stays abroad)

Conditions

  • political orientation (Christian Democratic)
  • voluntary commitment and active participation in shaping the community
  • willingness to assume responsibility in politics, business, science, the media, culture and society in the future
  • Christian Democratic values

Further Information

https://www.kas.de/de/web/begabtenfoerderung-und-kultur/stipendien (only available in German)

 

Type of Funding

Various scholarship programs that are part of calls for proposals on topics such as health, education, society, culture and international understanding. The current calls for applications can be found on the Robert Bosch Foundation's website.

Further Information

https://www.bosch-stiftung.de/en/support-we-offer

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplement for health insurance, stays abroad)

Conditions

  • political orientation (Left Wing)
  • pronounced social commitment in keeping with that of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • no funding of medical doctoral degrees

Further Information

https://www.rosalux.de/en/foundation/studienwerk/doctoral-scholarships

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to € 1,350 + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplements for childcare­, stays abroad, health insurance)

Conditions

  • German nationality or foreigner in the sense of § 8 BAföG
  • voluntary commitment
  • team player
  • interest in society, politics, the economy

Further Information

https://www.sdw.org/das-bieten-wir/fuer-studierende/studienkolleg/programm.html (only available in German)

 

Type of Funding

  • monthly: up to €1,350 + €100 research allowance (if applicable, monthly supplement for childcare, health insurance, stays abroad)

Conditions

  • curiosity and pleasure in acquiring knowledge
  • commitment beyond one's own interests (special achievements in the service of the general public)
  • willingness to perform and motivation, social competence, broad extracurricular interests as well as social commitment

Further Information

https://www.studienstiftung.de/en/doctoral-scholarships/doctoral-scholarships/

 

State Graduate Funding

Merseburg University of Applied Sciences awards doctoral scholarships on the basis of the Graduate Funding Act of the State of Saxony-Anhalt of 30 July 2001, the Graduate Funding Ordinance issued for this purpose and the ordinances amending the Graduate Funding Act. The scholarship is initially granted for one year with the option of extension for a further year. The maximum funding period is three years. There is no legal claim to the granting of the scholarship.

The decision on the granting of the scholarship is made by an award committee on the basis of the documents submitted and a presentation of the doctoral project. The documents to be submitted can be found in the document Application modalities.

Applications must be submitted by post and electronically with the complete application documents to the Prorektor*in for Research, Knowledge Transfer and Business Start-Up as chairperson of the Award Commission of Merseburg University of Applied Sciences. The Senate Commission for Research and Knowledge Transfer (KFW) decides on the awarding of the state graduate scholarship.

By post to:

Hochschule Merseburg,              
Prorektorat für Forschung, Wissenstransfer und Existenzgründung,
Eberhard-Leibnitz-Str. 2
D-06217 Merseburg.

Digitally to:

Prorektorat.forschung@hs-merseburg.de   

 

Overview of the application deadlines for the State Graduate Scholarship

- Please note the possibly changed deadlines -

type of requestdeadline for the applicationearliest start of funding
initial application

15 July

1 January of the following year

application for continued approval

15 January, every year

15 July, every year

1 March, every year

1 September, every year

The deadlines are subject to the availability of funds.

 

Contact

Kontaktperson
Maria Löffler
Referentin für Personalbindung
Raum: Rz/A/0/27
Telefon: +49 3461 46-2311

Documents for Download

Employment as a Research Assistant

Funding through Projects

Some doctoral students at universities of applied sciences work as a research assistant on a project and finance their doctoral studies in this way. The topic of the doctorate and the topic of the job do not always coincide. Nevertheless, the academic working environment can be very useful and stimulating for one's own research and academic career. It is advisable to implement clear self- and time management so that both the doctorate and the job are successful.

Take a look at the job offers at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences.

If you have already been able to find a supervisor for your doctoral idea, find out whether he/she has funded a project that is of interest to you and has a project position available. Particularly committed doctoral candidates or doctoral students can try to acquire a third-party funded project together with the supervising professor. This can finance a position as a research assistant within the framework of the research activity. Third-party funding is funding that only a university or the professor can apply for, so the application must be submitted via the university.

The staff responsible for the main research areas at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences have a good overview of calls for third-party funding. When planning an application for external funding, be sure to consult the Research Officer Luise Störmer.

 

 

Funding on a Budgetary Basis to Initiate a Doctorate

Within the framework of available budget funds, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences grants start-up funding for research projects of its professors and provides positions for research assistants for up to 12 months. The funded projects are intended, in particular, to support young researchers and especially to initiate doctoral projects. The positions are awarded annually in a competitive procedure.  The conditions of participation and deadlines are stated in the respective call for applications, which your supervisor at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences will receive in advance by e-mail.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the research officer Luise Störmer.

Doing a Doctorate alongside your (part-time) job

Doctoral students at universities of applied sciences often do their doctorate alongside their full-time job. This is often done outside the world of academia, which can add an applied perspective to the research topic and have a stimulating effect. Likewise, clear self- and time management is recommended here so that the doctorate, like the job, does not suffer.

Another possibility to finance the doctorate in phases is to take up a part-time job (for example in a company or a seasonal job).

 

Grants for Doctoral Students

Grants for Travel and Publication Costs

Active participation in seminars as part of the CASE qualification program or in conferences is an important part of your doctorate. Exchanges with your mentor can also be very useful for your career. Your university's promotion of young researchers will support you with subsidies for your travel costs.

In addition, you can receive grants towards publication costs as part of your cumulative doctorate.

You will find all the necessary information in "Guidelines for the distribution of grants for travel and publication costs to doctoral students at HAWs in Saxony-Anhalt". This guideline is valid as long as it can be found on the website. For the request for cost absorption, use the form in the download.

If you have any questions, please contact your Speaker of Promoting Early Career Researchers, Sandra Dietzel.

 

Contact

Kontaktperson
Sandra Dietzel
Referentin für wissenschaftliche Nachwuchsförderung
Raum: Rz/A/0/32
Telefon: +493461 46-2361

Mobility Grants

The International Office of Merseburg University supports the mobility of university members.
Further information on mobility funding can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service.

Kontaktperson
Nora Hartenstein
Koordinatorin für internationale Angelegenheiten
Raum: Hg/G/1/23
Telefon: +49 3461 46-2295

Center of Advanced Scientific Education (CASE)
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