Funding opportunities provided by the WWU Graduate Centre

  • 1. 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.

    Please send your application by mail to: linda.dieks@uni-muenster.de

    *Currently no application possible*

  • 2. Degree Completion Grants (DAAD-STIBET, PhDs)

    Within the scope of the DAAD project STIDokWWU (STIBET Doktoranden), funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the WWU Graduate Centre awards degree completion grants for international doctoral candidates, who are in the final phase of their PhD. The degree completion grants aim to enable international doctoral candidates to complete their degree without having to worry about finances.

    Further details may be found in the official call for applications as well in the details and FAQs.

    The application form as well as the form for the letter of recommendation may be found here:

    Recommendation Form

    Application Form

    Please email your application documents in one PDF file to Ms Sabine Schneider: internationals.gc@uni-muenster.de. The recommendation form needs to be sent separately and directly by the supervising professor.

    Applications may be handed in at any time (2019-2021).

  • 3. Community Engagement Grants (DAAD-STIBET, PhDs)

    Within the scope of the DAAD project STIDokWWU (STIBET Doktoranden), funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the WWU Graduate Centre provides community engagement grants for international doctoral candidates. The grants aim to support international doctoral candidates at the University of Münster who are characterized by a high community engagement in the international context related to the university. The goal is to honor community engagement, support it and motivate future involvement.

    Further details may be found in the official call for applications.

    The application form as well as the form for the letter of recommendation may be found here:

    Application Form

    Recommendation Form

    Please email your application documents in one PDF file to Ms Sabine Schneider: internationals.gc@uni-muenster.de. The recommendation form may be filled out by two different persons and should be submitted, together with the other documents, by the applicant.

    Deadline for applications is 15.04.2019.

  • 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 (linda.dieks@uni-muenster.de).