Funding Options

This page provides you with funding options during your dissertation phase as well as for Postdocs.


Starting scholarships for international doctoral candidates

>> Application Deadline March 31, 2020 <<

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

Applications are possible until March 31 2020 by submission of the following documents:
  • Completed application form ( English version  / German version )
  • CV and a copy of the last academic degree (with grades)
  • Documents on your doctoral project at Goethe University:
    > either faculty letter of admission as a doctoral candidate at Goethe University Frankfurt
    > or specific declaration by supervisor that she / he will supervise your doctoral project
  • Short proposal of your doctoral project (two DIN A4 pages maximum)
  • Preliminary funding plan for the eintire doctoral project

> Download application form: English version / German version
> Download FAQ
> Download Datenschutzerklärung (Data Privacy - German version only)

 

Please send your complete application documents by E-Mail as one single pdf document to:

GRADE
Dr. Matthias Köhler
koehler@grade.uni-frankfurt.de
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-49402

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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

>> Application Deadline March 31, 2020 <<

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.

You can apply until March 31, 2020 by submitting the following documents:
  • Completed application form ( English version / German version )
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of birth certificate for your children or an equivalent confirmation
  • Faculty letter of admission as doctoral candidate at Goethe University Frankfurt

> Download application form: English version / German version
> Download FAQ
> Download Datenschutzerklärung
(Data Privacy - German version only)

 

Please send your completed application documents by e-mail as one single PDF document to:

GRADE
Dr. Axel Kohler
kohler@grade.uni-frankfurt.de
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-49406

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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.


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

>> Application Deadline March 31, 2020 <<

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 1,350 € 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 1,350 €/month
  • Period of funding: 2 years

More information is available (in German) in the guidelines for the award of the scholarships

Application

  • Send complete documents to GRADE till March 31, 2020
  • Applications will be assessed by GRADE and the selection committee
  • Announcement of funding till June 30, 2020
  • earliest start of funding: August 1, 2020

Download Application form

Download FAQ

Download Datenschutzerklärung (Data Privacy)

Contact for questions on the application process and funding conditions at GRADE:

Dr. Matthias Köhler
Phone: 069/798-49402
E-Mail: koehler@grade.uni-frankfurt.de

* 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.


GRADE Completion Scholarship

>>> Next Call: March/April 2020 <<<

GRADE awards two 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 GRADE Completion Scholarships aim at supporting international doctoral candidates in the final stages of their doctoral thesis.

The call for applications is open to all international doctoral candidates of Goethe University.


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.