Scholarship announcement

Application deadline 2024-08-31


Short term grants for international doctoral candidates

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) provides financial support for international doctoral candidates in the time span between the opening and termination of the doctoral examination procedure. The scholarships are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and cover maximum 1.000 € per month..

Who can apply

Doctoral candidates of non-German citizenship from all disciplines at Jena University

  • who will not receive any other funding after the submission of their thesis
  • who are not affiliated with an external research institute
  • and who submit their dissertation no later than four months after application.

The grant can only be awarded if the applicant receives no other public funding.


You can apply for a monthly grant of € 1,000 in the time span between the opening and termination of the doctoral examination procedure in order to:

  • complete a research project
  • conduct a clearly defined research project
  • prepare a new research project.

How does the assessment take place?

The short-term grants are awarded by the Graduate Academy's Awarding Committee based on the following criteria:

  • academic quality and originality of the research project
  • duration of the dissertation
  • proof of active participation in the academic community (e.g. publications, conference presentations, organisation of academic events, participation in structured PhD programmes).

The award of the grant is subject to the opening of the doctoral examination procedure. Candidates may apply before the opening, but need to submit the confirmation of their faculty (via doc-in or separate confirmation letter) before receiving the grant.

Preference will be given to applicants and their supervisors who explicitly assure that no other form of financial support is available. The requested scholarship must be used to ensure the means of subsistence of the PhD candidate and therefore constitutes an essential condition to end the PhD.

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