Further non-DFG funded PhD students

Interested PhD students are encouraged to apply for individual scholarships at national and international funding organizations, e.g., DAAD, EU, national funding organizations, etc. In this case, a pre-application to the targeted supervisor is required.

Do not hesitate to apply for scholarships and external funding. Some of the organisations do not have enough qualified applicants – it is probable to be successful.

Examples of further funding opportunities for individual scholarships are:

  • DAAD Scholarship database, more…
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, PhD scholarships, more…
  • Gottlieb Daimler- und Carl Benz-Stiftung, more…
  • DAAD: Research grants for graduates within the sandwich model, more…
  • University of Münster: Scholarships and grants for PhD students, more…

Several websites provide information about organizations and institutions that promote grants and scholarships in higher education:

  • Stipendium Plus – promoting young talent in higher education, overview about public-private funding organizations, more…
  • Association of German Foundations, provides probably the broadest overview about private funding organizations, more…

Do not forget to do your annual tax declaration – even if you’ll stay in Germany for less than one year. Many of the expenses regarding your PhD activities lower your individual tax due – so get your money back at the end of the year!