Ph.D. funding

Ph.D. funding:


Federal Report on the Promotion of Young Researchers


The Verein für Socialpolitik promotes young researchers with awards for presentations at international conferences. In addition, publications of young scientists may be considered for the Reinhard-Selten-Prize.


Those who need to organize PhD-funding may also consider the following links:



Foundadions providing scholarships:

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


Scholarships of the Catholic Church

Protestant Academic Association (Evangelisches Studienwerk)

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Student Association

Jewish Scholarships

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (SPD-close scholarships)

Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (FDP-close scholarships)

Hanns-Seidel-Foundation (CSU-close scholarships)

Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (Die Grünen-close scholarships)

Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (CDU-close scholarships)

Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation (Die Linke-close scholarships)

Hans-Böckler-Foundation (Scholarships of the German Trade Unions)



Other Foundations


Dr. Jost-Henkel-Foundation

Center of Excellence for Women in Science (Database of funding opportunities for woman)

Industry Research Foundation

PhD abroad funded by the DAAD

Another major supporter is the German Research Foundation (DFG). Professors can, for example, apply for "Research Grants" for research assistant positions that will then be filled with doctoral students.



Thematic Doctoral Scholarships

German Federal Foundation for the Environment (funding of doctoral research in all disciplines linked with environmental issues)

Foundation Money and Currency (funding of doctoral research in the field of monetary economics)

Robert Schuman Foundation (funding of doctoral research relating to the European Union)

Scholarship Fund of E.ON Ruhrgas (funding of doctoral research related to the topic "Germany - Norway")

Foundation Capital Market Research for Germany (funding for research on capital market issues)

Minerva Foundation (funding of research related the topic "Germany - Israel") 

Erich-Becker-Foundation (Fraport AG) (funding of research related to aviation)

Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (World Bank Institute) (funding of research related to the economic development)

Hamburg Scientific Foundation (funding of research related to Hamburg)

Esche Schümann Commichau Foundation (funding of research related to business law)

Peter-Fuld-Foundation (funding of discriminated and financially needy doctoral students)

Foundation fiat panis (funding of research relating to the topic of development cooperation)

Hansen-Foundation (funding of research relating to the topic of human collectivity)