Funding opportunities provided by the WWU Graduate Centre

  • 1. Stipends for stays abroad and get-to-know stays (IP@WWU, PhDs)

    If you are a doctoral student enrolled at the WWU and are planing a stay abroad to advance your research, you can apply for a research stipend (NEW: conference trips funding!). Further information may be found here.

    Professors who are in contact with potential PhD students from abroad may apply for a get-to-know stipend for these candidates. These stipends offer professors and PhD applicants a chance to clarify a future research project, get to know each other and make a deliberate decision regarding future collaboration. Further information may be found here.

  • 2. Short-term PhD stipends (Sybille-Hahne Foundation, PhDs)

    After the first successful calls, the WWU Münster again offers short-term PhD scholarships (Matching Funds) for WWU's doctoral students. Funds for the scholarships are provided by the Sybille-Hahne Foundation. The scholarships amount to 600 € per month and can be granted for a maximum period of four months. These scholarships are intended to fill financial gaps at any stage of the PhD. You may download the application forms here:

    Bewerbungsbogen/Application Form
    Richtlinien für die Vergabe von Promotionsstipendien (The WWU's guidelines for PhD scholarships, in German)

    Only fully completed and appropriately delivered application forms will be considered.

    The following documents must be attached to the application:

    1. Work plan which clearly describes the current state of the academic project, and includes a time plan as well as the content.
    2. Reference letter from the supervising professor, including an evaluation of the work plan.
    3. Certificate of complementary funding of at least 450€ but no more than 765€, as mentioned in the guidelines §2 section 3.

    Deadline: 19 February 2018.  

  • 3. Teaching and research assistantships (STIBET, PhDs)

    The WWU Graduate Centre provides research and teaching assistantships for international PhD students. These are part of the project STIBET Doktoranden which is promoted by the DAAD and financed by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). Professors of the University of Münster can nominate international PhD applicants for a research or a teaching assistantship.

    Details about the teaching and research assistantships and the application form may be found here:

    Call for applications
    Application Form

    Please email the fully completed application form and the letter of recommendation to Ms Sabine Schneider: The recommendation letter should describe the suitability of the candidate as well as the intended activity and its added value for the institute as well as for the PhD student.

    The deadline is February 23rd.

  • 4. Stipends for postdocs

    The Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster (WWU) has anchored the promotion of young scientists in its mission, and is therefore awarding stipends through the WWU Graduate Centre to outstanding young researchers in the postdoctoral phase twice a year. 50% of the funds are to be used to support women.

PhD funding advice

The financing of one's PhD is a very important concern for most doctoral students, especially in the beginning of the endavour. If funding through employment at an institute, a work group or a chair is not possible, you can still apply for one of the various scholarships.

In order to support PhDs in their search of suitable funding, the WWU has established the advisory service for external funding applications (SAFIR). Ms Linda Dieks may provide you with further assistance in this field. You can contact her either via phone (+49 251 83-2 10 83) or email (