Funding Options

The GRADE brochure "Financing Your Doctorate" holds information on how to finance your PhD course. It gives an overview on how to finance your doctorate either as a research assistant or with a scholarship as well as general information on financial support in Germany: What kind of individual support do scholarships offer? What are the advantages of doing a doctorate within a structured program? Are there any support options for an international doctorate? What kind of support does Goethe University offer its PhD candidates?

You will also find information on support specifically for women in science, explanations on partially granted financial support and details about a possible bi national doctorate (Cotutelle de Thèse). Furthermore, the brochure includes practical hints on grant application and social security as well as helpful links.


Some scholarships and funding options are available directly at GRADE. They include:

  • Starting scholarships for international doctoral candidates
  • Financial support for doctoral candidates with children
  • Ad Infinitum scholarship for PhD candidates in German Studies and related subjects
  • GRADE completion scholarship
  • GRADE Research Assistantship

GRADE Completion Scholarship

>> Application deadline May 31, 2020 <<

GRADE awards eight completion scholarships to international doctoral candidates of Goethe University. The scholarships are sponsored by the STIBET program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The scholarship supports students during the final phase of their PhD. The call for applications is open to all international doctoral candidates of Goethe University. The deadline for application submission is May 31, 2020 . We are looking forward to your application!

Announcement of scholarship with detailed information.

»» Application form in English and German language.

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GRADE Research Assistantship

>> Next Call: May/June 2020 <<

GRADE awards six research assistantships to international doctoral candidates of Goethe University. The scholarships are sponsored by the STIBET program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The GRADE Research Assistantships are made available to international doctoral candidates in order to include them in research projects conducted by faculty staff of Goethe University.

The call for applications is open to all international doctoral candidates of Goethe University who do not hold a full-time position.


Ad Infinitum Scholarship - for PhD Candidates in German Studies and Related Subjects*

>> No Current Call <<

GRADE (Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers) offers two scholarships for PhD candidates in German studies and related subjects*. The scholarships are funded by the Ad Infinitum Foundation and cover up to 1.000 € per month.

Requirements

  • Admission as a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Modern Languages of Goethe University
  • Fast course of study, not older than 29 years
  • Exceptional capability for scientific work
  • No sufficient alternative financial support

Conditions

  • Scholarship of up to 1,000 €/month
  • Period of funding: 2 years

* The scholarhips are also available for PhD projects General and comparative literary studies, General linguistics, Scandinavian studies or Theatre, film and media studies that have a link to German Studies.


Starting scholarships for international doctoral candidates

>> No Current Call <<

The Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE) awards up to 15 starting scholarships for international doctoral candidates at Goethe University. The scholarships are funded by the Franz Adickes Stiftungsfonds. They are open for international doctoral candidates right at the start and in the early phase of their doctoral project at the university.

International doctoral candidates face special challenges at the start of their doctorate in Frankfurt, namely considerable costs for mobility, furnishing an apartment, fees at public authorities etc. The scholarships are intended to facilitate the start of the doctoral project and provide funding for the first few months in Frankfurt. The scholarship amounts to 1000,- € per month for a period of three months. Only persons with an international background in the first 12 months of their doctoral project can apply. Grantees of a scholarship cannot have a full-time or substantial employment – at Goethe University or with another employer – during the period of the scholarship ¹

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¹ Small-scale employment is possible if the content and purpose of the employment are clearly different from the scholarship. For details, see FAQ.


Financial support for doctoral candidates with children

>> No Current Call <<

Funded by the Franz Adickes Stiftungsfonds, the Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE) plans to financially support up to 20 doctoral candidates with children completing their PhD at Goethe University.

Working on your doctoral thesis is challenging and entails a high workload. Raising and taking care of your kids at the same time produces an additional financial burden and puts severe constraints on your time management. GRADE wants to support doctoral candidates in this special situation.

For candidates with small-scale employment, this support may take the form of a scholarship ¹. For persons with substantial employment, we can finance the hiring of research assistants, who can cover routine tasks, thereby creating relief for the PhD candidates. The total sum of support amounts to 2400 EUR.

We can only consider applications from persons currently caring for dependent children. Furthermore, the admission as doctoral candidate at Goethe University is required

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¹ Small-scale employment is possible if the content and purpose of the employment are clearly different from the scholarship. For details, see FAQ.