News for Early Stage Researchers

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Here you will find announcements about:

  • the newsletter of the Graduate Services,
  • events and interdisciplinary workshops for doctoral candidates,
  • thesis defense,
  • external programmes and grant offers. 

Furthermore you can register for the newsletter of the Graduate Services by following this link.

Newsletter of the Graduate Services

Here you can find the latest newsletter of the Graduate services.

Gladly we will e-mail the newsletter of the Graduate services to you too!

You will receive the newsletter whenever the workshops for the „Academic Career and Qualification programme“ or scholarship announcements are made public. The newsletter will be send once a month at most.

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You can unsubscribefrom the mailing list at any time.

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Events and Interdisciplinary Workshops

Academic Career and Qualification Programme

The programme "Academic Career and Qualification" offers workshops focused on didactic progammes and interdisciplinary key competences. Further information can be found here.

Information on external scholarship formats

A doctoral scholarship is an attractive way for prospective academics to finance their research. Prestige, networking, funding opportunities for stays abroad, exclusive events and more flexibility and freedom in shaping one's own research are the advantages of a scholarship. But the diversity of the German scholarship landscape and its requirements can make applying confusing and difficult.

The Research and Graduate Services is therefore offering an information event for anyone interested in finding out more about doctoral scholarships. The aim of this information event is to provide an overview of the foundation landscape (Initiatives for Academically Gifted Doctoral Candidates and other scholarship providers), to provide orientation on the application requirements and to encourage applicants to apply. Finally, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

The speaker Maia George is a former doctoral scholarship holder and an active member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation.

The event will take place digitally on 24 October 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00.

If you are interested, please contact us by email at nachwuchsfoerderung@uni-erfurt.deto receive the invitation link. The event will be held in German.

In addition to this information event, the AQW programme offers a two-day workshop for prospective doctoral candidates and doctoral candiates in the early stages of their doctorate, who would like to apply for a scholarship and would like to receive in-depth guidance and guidance on the topic of scholarship applications. Please register for the workshop on 7 and 8 November independently from the information event at the AQW programme website.


Thesis Defense

We are not aware of any thesis defenses right now.

External Programmes and Grant Offers

Students at Risk - Hilde Domin Programme

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany.

Potential candidates cannot themselves apply for participation in the Hilde Domin Programme, but are nominated by the management (presidiums/rectorates) of an institution that is a legal entity domiciled in Germany. Please contact us at if you are interested or if you know a suitable doctorate candidate. 

Here you can find the announcement for the nomination for the Hilde Domin Programm. Applications can be submitted until 14 September 2022.

Further information could be found on the website of the DAAD.

Foundation Education and Science | Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates in Literary Studies

In the conviction that independent people can make a significant contribution to balancing the group interests that exist in society, the Foundation for Education and Science was founded to support, among other things, doctoral candidates with a scholarhip in the field of literary studies.

Deadline for applications: 1 October each year

Further information can be found here (in German only).

Fulbright Germany - Scholarship for research trips to the USA

Fulbright Germany supports German doctoral candidates, who wants to do a four to six month research project at an university in the USA, which is directly linked to their thesis.
Until 1 November 2022 German doctoral candidates can apply at Fulbright for the scholarship. The research journey must be started between 1 August to 31 December 2023.

The scholarship pays 1.700 euros per month, additional 300 euros per month for utility costs, travel expenses, health and accident insurances, and the Fulbright J-1 visa.

More information on the Fulbright Scholarship can be found here (in Germany only).

Science Prize by the City of Augsburg for Intercultural Studies 2023

In 2023 the city of Augsburg is offering the Price for Intercultural Studies for the 25th time. The main prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and will be awarded to a relevant and outstanding dissertation or habilitation of any research field, who focus on intercultural topics and life in Germany.
Additionally an award for a bachelor, master, diploma, or state examination with the same research foci will be offered as well. It is endowed with 1,500 euros.

Deadline for applications is 9 December 2022.

Further information about the Science Prize 2022 and shortly about the Science Prize 2023 can be found here (in German only).

Foundation Education and Science | Completion Scholarships for Literary Studies and History

The foundation Education and Science offers doctoral candidates in Literary Studies and History (with a focus on economic and social history), whose funding has ran out or is about to run out an additional funding for up to one more year to finish their doctoral thesis successfully.

Application deadline: 15 January of each year.

Further information can be found here (in German only).

"Writing-Fridays" for Doctoral Candidates

The offers doctoral candidates free online writing-days. Each first Friday in a month from 9:30 to 12:00 am doctoral candidates meet each other and get additional support for their writing process by professionell coaches. Doctoral candidates from all research fields are welcome to join, regardless of how much progression they have with their own thesis. Joining the writing-days is possible to any time.

Application and further information can be found here (in German only).

DocColloq for Doctoral Candidates

The "DocColloq", founded in 2018 at the University of Trier by the research assistants Camilla Haake and Natalie Tröller, forms an interdisciplinary network for doctoral candidates from all research subjects and institutions. Digital meetings will take place on a regular basis to further the Germany-wide exchange between doctoral candidates, the networking with each other and to encourage to get insights outside their own disciplines and researches. In those two hour meetings up to three doctoral candidates will give an insight into their own research in short 15-minute presentations, followed by joint discussion of the plenum. All doctoral candidates are invited, no matter which university, research area, progress of their dissertation or if they just want to pay attention to the presentations.

The meeting takes place via Zoom. People interested in joining are asked to register by mail at You will get a link to the meeting afterwards.