The Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Art invite applications for the Fellowships for Individual Doctoral Training at the University of Heidelberg for the 2019/2020 academic year.

A  fellowship provides a great deal of freedom to work on your dissertation. However, you should be aware that with a fellowship, you make no payments into the social security system and therefore must arrange and pay for your health insurance separately. Due to the reduction of the funding for the Landesgraduiertenförderung Programme by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Art, they are currently not able to award any new fellowships.

If you are interested in a fellowship as an international student, you should first research what is available in your home country through programs offered by your government, the German embassy and other funding agencies such as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Information about the fellowships offered by the DAAD as well as other funding agencies is available through the DAAD Scholarship Database.

Worth of Award

  • 1,000 € per month basic fellowship
  • 110 € per month material and travel expenses
  • 250 € child care benefit for one child (if applicable)
  • 350 € child care benefit for one child (if applicable)


Applicants must have these criteria:

  • Successfully completed university degree (Masters level or equivalent)
  • Admission as a doctoral candidate in the appropriate faculty at the University of Heidelberg
  • Academic supervision by a professor or associate professor
  • Outstanding qualifications and a scientific project that is expected to make a significant contribution to current research
  • Employment during the receipt of the fellowship must be approved and must be related to the discipline of your doctoral studies. If you are employed by Heidelberg University, no overlap between the activities carried out as part of the fellowship and those of the employment is permitted.

How to Apply

If you are applying for the first time, please follow these steps:

  • Fill out and submit the online application form with the following attachments (in a single PDF file):
  • Outline of your doctoral project (max. 5 pages) and a bibliography
  • Schedule for completion of the project (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae in table form
  • Qualifying university degree and certificates (copy, generally Diplom or Master; in German or English)
  • Certificate of admission as a doctoral candidate to your faculty (copy)


Deadline: applications close April 30, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply

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