Fundings during the Doctorate

[Translate to English:] Stipendienvereinbarung

One of the central questions for doctoral students organizing their research work is funding during the time of their doctorate. Doctoral students have various options for financing their living expenses. The most common financing models for the multi-year phase of the doctorate are

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.

Completion Scholarships

Completion scholarships serve to bridge the transition between the submission of the dissertation and the final examination or disputation. Graduation scholarships are available to doctoral students who are in the final phase of their doctorate and whose doctoral procedure has been opened at the University of Erfurt.

Monthly funding amount: 1,000 euros (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.

Please note: 
From 01.01.2021, until further notice, completion scholarships can only be awarded to persons who started a doctoral scholarship at the University of Erfurt (Christoph-Martin-Wieland or Landesgraduate Scholarship) before 10.05.2018. Scholarship holders who started their doctoral scholarship after May 10, 2018, have received or may receive an extension of the regular duration of their scholarship in accordance with the amendment to the Thuringian Higher Education Act (ThürHG). They therefore do not (no longer) have the opportunity to apply for a completion scholarship.

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


Scholarships | Graduate Service
(Research and Graduate Service)
Verwaltungsgebäude / Raum 0.31

Initiatives for academically gifted doctoral candidates | Lecturers of confidence

These organisations for the promotion of talented young people 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 currents in Germany.

Politically oriented


Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm

Prof. Dr. Manfred Baldus

Dr. Jochen Voit

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit


Prof. Dr. Elke Mack


Prof. Dr. André Brodocz

Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik


Prof. Dr. Michael Gabel

Prof. Dr. Elke Mack



Trade union oriented


Prof. Dr. Frank Ettrich

Dr. Dunja Mohr

apl. Prof. Dr. Dr. Helge Peukert

Religiously oriented



Prof. Dr. Julia Knop


Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst

Prof. Dr. Manfred Lüders


Philosophically and politically independent

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Prof. Dr. Tilmann Betsch

Entrepreneurially oriented

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

Prof. Dr. Gerd Mannhaupt