The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz invites applications for the Research Proposal PhD Scholarship in Germany for the 2022/23 academic session.

The proposal scholarships are intended to help potential recipients complete a convincing research proposal within the six-month scholarship period. This provides the foundation for a successful PhD scholarship application or university position. In addition to the financial support, the scholarship also offers a substantial level of non-material support. This includes workshops on research proposal writing and PhD preparation, along with other advisory and skills development opportunities.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship amounts to 1,450 € per month (basic scholarship plus a flat rate allowance for research costs).
  • A childcare allowance may also be awarded.


For the sake of this scholarship, applications are welcomed from

  • advanced students or graduates of any university (in Germany or abroad). Students who either already hold, or will soon hold, a degree entitling them to do a PhD at the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU);
  • advanced students or graduates of foreign universities, who would like to do their doctorate at the JGU. Students who have either already submitted, or are about to submit, an application for recognition of their foreign qualifications;
  • people currently participating in an aptitude assessment/fast track procedure at the JGU as preparation for admission to doctoral studies.

How to Apply

When sending your application, be sure to include the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Tabular CV
  • Covering letter (1-2 pages)
  • Certificates of all university degrees (including Transcripts of Records). Where a degree certificate is not yet available, you should include a current Transcript of Records

Equally include


  • brief outline of project (max. 2-3 pages + max. 1-page bibliography). This should include a working title for the doctorate and indication of the discipline in which the doctorate is being done.
  • letter of recommendation from a university lecturer (JGU or home university) (max. 1-2
  • confirmation from a JGU lecturer entitled to supervise in the chosen doctoral subject, and who is available to mentor the applicant during the funding period. (This does not imply any commitment to later supervision of the doctorate). The mentor’s confirmation of supervision can be submitted as an informal letter and should be attached to the application as a scan.

Where applicable, you should include a description of individual factors which have had an impact on your education or studies. It is important to indicate how this resulted in the maximum period of three years between graduation and application not being kept to.

Deadline: The Research Proposal PhD Scholarship application window closes June 15, 2022. 


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