Doctoral research | Funding

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Financial support and stays abroad

Research projects, participation in a conference, or a research stay abroad require financial resources as well as time and commitment. In addition to financial support, scholarships and funding programmes often offer additional idealistic support, and are at the same time a recognition of your outstanding achievements.

In the following, we have compiled information on funding programmes for doctoral researchers and provide links to common databases for more in-depth research.

Funding programmes at a glance

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Current announcements

Here you can find current calls for proposals, e.g., for scholarships, awards, and sponsored research stays abroad.

Current announcements
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Overview of third-party funding programmes

Here you will find an overview of selected funding programmes from foundations, ministries, and associations, including doctoral scholarships in particular.

Third-party funding programmes
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Personal counselling

Do you have questions about your application? Are you unsure which funding program is right for you?

Make an appointment with Simon Kresmann.

Reimbursement of costs for child care needs in special situations

The so-called "Feuerwehrtopf" provides financial aid for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with children who need short-term childcare due to a sudden emergency situation.


Funding opportunities through the IZfB

The Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Research (IZfB) offers several funding opportunities, including start-up financing and funding to attend conferences.


Faculty/departmental support

The faculties of the UDE support and promote their doctoral candidates, for example, through subject-specific awards, prizes, or mentoring programs. Information on this can usually be found on the websites of your faculty or department.

University Library: Open Access Funding

Did you know? The University Library supports Open Access publications (journals, monographs, and collective works – except doctoral theses) by paying publication fees.

Information on eligibility criteria and the scope of funding can be found on the University Library website.

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Sources for your own search

Grant databases

Grant databases are an important research tool when looking for a suitable grant for your project.

Links to relevant databases

    Information on EU research programmes and grants
  • EURAXESS Funding Search
    EURAXESS includes databases of job opportunities and funding opportunities for researchers, as well as information and resources on career development.
  • FastWeb
    Free search for US scholarship providers.
  • Forschen-Fördern
    Herbert Worch Foundation database of awards and funding for research in Medicine and the Natural Sciences.
    Database of current DFG-funded research projects.
    This scholarship database enables, among other things, a targeted search for doctoral scholarships.

Research in Germany

The Research in Germany portal offers a comprehensive overview of funding opportunities in Germany and publications on selected funding programmes of the most relevant research funding institutions for German and international researchers.

Research in Germany portal

Research stays abroad

Do you want to spend a certain period of time in a foreign country during your doctorate? A stay abroad is an enriching experience. It opens many new contacts and gives insight into academic research in another country. Here you will find links to selected funding programmes and contacts at the UDE:

Tip: The Aurora Doctoral Pool can be a helpful search tool if you are looking for researchers from our partner institutions within the European universities network Aurora who are open to collaboration. In some cases, research stays at Aurora universities can be funded by the mobility grants listed above.