Fundings before the Doctorate

[Translate to English:] Geldmünzen in Töpfen

Graduates who are aiming for a doctorate can already be supported in the preparation for their doctoral phase. For the purpose of preparing an exposé for the doctoral project as well as obtaining a scholarship for the planned doctorate, so-called ‚Predoc‘ or ‚Doctoral preparation‘ scholarships are awarded. Aside from those scholarships, budget or third-party funded positions are regulary advertised at the university for research assistants, whose requirements include among other things the willingness to take up a doctorate. 


Funding Formats of the University of Erfurt

Predoc Scholarships

Predoc scholarships opens for those interested in a doctorate the opportunity to prepare and write an exposé for a doctoral project. This enables them to look after acceptance as a doctoral student with a supervisor at one of the faculties and potentially apply for a doctorate scholarship by the University of Erfurt or external scholarship providers.

Monthly funding amount: 1,000 EUR (plus supplements if applicable)
Duration of funding: depending on the faculty, between 3 - 6 months
Announcement / Application: Predoc scholarships are awarded decentrally by the faculties and the Max-Weber-Kolleg, each of which has its own award procedures and commissions.

Questions will be answered directly by the deaneries of the faculties or the Max-Weber-Kolleg.

You can find the statutes on the awarding of scholarships of the University of Erfurt here. 


Consulting for Doctorate | Graduate Services
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Initiatives for Academically Gifted Students and Doctoral Candidates | Liaison Lecturers

The following organisations promote talented young people and award scholarships to students and doctoral candidates, who stand out for their excellent performance as well as their social commitment. They reflect the various ideological, religious, political, economic or trade union-oriented movements in Germany. The stated application deadlines apply to doctoral candidates and may differ for other status groups. Therefore, please refer to the information on the respective websites.

Politically oriented


Liaison lecturers:
Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm
Dr. Jochen Voit

Application deadlines: Applications are possible at any given time.

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Liaison lecturers:

Application deadlines: April 30 and October 31


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Elke Mack

Application deadlines: January 15 and July 15


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling

Application deadline: March 1 and September 1

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau

Application deadlines: January 15 and July 15


Liaison lecturer:

Application deadlines: April 1 and October 1

Trade union oriented


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Frank Ettrich
Dr. Dunja Mohr

Application deadlines: May 31 and November 2

Religious oriented

Avicenna Studienwerk

Liaison lecturer:
The organisation does not have any liaison lecturer.

Application deadlines: April 1 and October 1


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Julia Knop

Application deadlines: November 1 and June 1

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

Liaison lecturer:

Application deadlines: March 31 and September 30

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Manfred Lüders

Application deadlines: June 1 and December 1

Ideological and political independent

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Liaison lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Tilmann Betsch

Prof. Dr. Petra Kirchhoff

Prof. Dr. Guido Mehlkop

Prof. Dr. Dr.Holger Zaborowski

Application deadlines: Applications are possible at any given time.

Entrepreneurial oriented

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Mannhaupt

Application deadlines: January 31 and August 1