Financial Support for Doctoral Degrees

The Research Funding Support SAFIR supports you before and during your doctorate with individual advice on doctoral scholarships and offers a strategic review of your application. In addition to full scholarships for your doctorate, e. g. from the talent promotion programme (Begabtenförderungswerke), you can also apply for travel scholarships (research visits and conference/congress trips). We would be happy to advise you on this as well!

Talent Promotion Programme (Begabtenförderungswerke)

In Germany there are 13 BMBF-funded foundations [de] with different orientations. They offer monthly full scholarships including lump sums to cover research, family and childcare expenses. In addition to very good academic performance, prospective scholarship holders generally have to demonstrate social commitment and identify with the orientation of the respective foundation. The funding period is initially two years and extensions are possible. In addition to financial support, the scholarships also include non-material support for the scholarship holders and networking opportunities.


In addition to scholarships for outstanding students, there are many smaller foundations, which promote specific fields or disciplines. The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt – DBU) awards up to 60 scholarships annually to doctoral students of all disciplines who are working on research topics related to current environmental and nature conservation problems. The Gerda Henkel Foundation supports historical and humanistic research. To help you find the right scholarship provider, you can use the extensive funding search service RESEARCHconnect (SSO login with your identification via the University of Münster), as well as the freely available offers such as the BMBF's scholarship guide [de] (Stipendienlotse), the DAAD scholarship database, or the search engine of the German Foundation Centre [de] (Deutsches Stiftungszentrum).
Some of the various Graduate Schools at Münster University also offer scholarships for their doctoral students. So make enquiries – it may pay off!

DAAD Scholarship database for international doctoral students

For international doctoral students scholarships are often available from outside the university. Information on these scholarships and on the requirements for applying for them is provided by a database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Graduate Schools scholarships

Some of the various Graduate Schools at Münster University also offer scholarships for their students. So make enquiries – it may pay off

Scholarships for international PhD students

WWU Graduate Centre offers 2 types of scholarships for international PhD students:

  • Who are in the end phase of their PhD ( Degree Completion Grants)
  • Who are highly engaged in the community ( Community Engagement Grants)