One of the central questions for doctoral candidates organising their research work about financing themselves for the time of their doctorate. Doctoral candidates have various options for financing their living expenses. The most common financing models for the multi-year phase of the doctorate are
support through a doctoral scholarship from the university or from various foundations and organisations (see below),
a gainful employment outside the university,
self-financing through e.g. savings or support from the family.
Funding Formats of the University of Erfurt
The University of Erfurt awards scholarships to gain a doctorate. The funds for scholarships come from the university's budget or additionally from the Thuringian State Graduate Fund. Once a year, a number of scholarships are awarded for outstanding doctoral projects within the EPPP-certified graduate centres at the University of Erfurt.
Monthly funding amount: 1,400 euros (plus supplements if applicable) Duration of funding: 3 years of basic funding + 1 year extension on application (+ a possible further extension due to childcare, family responsibilities, disability or serious chronic illness). Announcement/application: As a rule, the application period is from 1 August to 30 September. Information on the eligibility requirements and application documents to be submitted can be found in the information sheet under Graduate Service.
You can see how the application and selection process is structured in the graphic.
In order to receive doctoral scholarships from the University of Erfurt, it is necessary to provide proof of your current insurance status. Please find more information about this under Scholarships | Leaflets and Forms at Graduate Services.
Completion scholarships serve to bridge the time between the submission of the dissertation and the final examination or disputation.
Completion scholarships are available to doctoral candidates, who have submitted their dissertation to one of the faculties of the University of Erfurt or to the Max-Weber-Kolleg and who started a doctoral scholarship of the University of Erfurt or a doctoral scholarship according to the Thüringer Graduiertenförderungsverordnung (ThürGFV) before 10.05.2018 or who have received a third-party funded scholarship to support the doctoral project with a duration of less than four years.
Monthly funding amount: 1,000 EUR (plus supplements if applicable) Duration of funding: a maximum of 3 months Announcement / Application: Applications are possible at any time. For further information on the documents to be submitted and the application procedure, please refer to our call for applications.
You can find the statutes on the awarding of scholarships of the University of Erfurt here.
Initiatives for Academically Gifted 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.