Fundings during the Doctorate

[Translate to English:] Stipendienvereinbarung

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

  • a budget or third-party funded position as a research assistant at the university, current job advertisements can be found here
  • 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

Doctoral Scholarships

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 find the announcement on the internal announcements page. 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.

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


Consulting for Doctorate | Graduate Services
(Staff Unit Research and Graduate Services)
C02 - Verwaltungsgebäude / Raum 0.32

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