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Getting Started Acquiring External Funding

Whether you are a prospective or current doctoral student, a post-doc, or a scholar working on a Habilitation, you are concentrating on a research project with which you hope to achieve an academic qualification. You can fund your research with a scholarship or through specific projects. You also have the opportunity to organize a stay abroad.

Doctoral and Postdoc Scholarships

The various foundations offer a range of different scholarships. Check the homepage of the foundation in question for information on the required application documents and instructions regarding the application process and deadlines. You can complete and submit an application yourself. If your application is successful, you will be awarded the scholarship and will be responsible for ensuring that you have sufficient health insurance coverage yourself. The University of Bayreuth Graduate School provides a scholarship guide.

Project Funding

Project proposals are submitted via the University and can only be submitted by scholars with a doctoral degree. Within the scope of a project, one can apply for personnel resources (also to cover your own position), material resources, and funding to cover travel expenses. Project proposals may, for example, be submitted to the German Research Foundation, federal and state ministries, or to a foundation such as the Volkswagen Foundation, or the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. As an academic staff member employed at the University, your health insurance and social insurance will be covered.

A stay abroad

German and other European research funding organizations have the aim of fostering the excellence of early-career scholars in Europe. Some funding organizations offer one-year or two-year research visits abroad for especially well-qualified early-career scholars.

Any further  questions? We are happy to advise you one-on-one at the Office of Research Support.


Support for doctoral candidates
National  and EU funding programmes for early-career scholars
International funding programmes for early-career scholars

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