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 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. 


Scholarships | Graduate Services
(Staff Unit Research and Graduate Services)
Verwaltungsgebäude, Raum 0.32

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.

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: 30 April and 31 October


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Elke Mack

Application deadlines: 15 January and 15 July


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. André Brodocz 
Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik

Application deadline: 1 March

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau

Application deadlines: 15 January and 15 July


Liaison lecturer:

Application deadlines: 1 April and 1 October

Trade union oriented


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

Application deadlines: 31 May and 2 November

Religious oriented

Avicenna Studienwerk

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

Application deadlines: 1 April and 1 October


Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Julia Knop

Application deadlines: 1 November and 1 June

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

Liaison lecturer:

Application deadlines: 31 March and 30 September

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

Liaison lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Manfred Lüders

Application deadlines: 1 June and 1 December

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: 31 January and 1 August