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Information for doctoral candidates

The Robert and Christine Danizger Scholarship is awarded to very good doctoral candidates from Africa (primarily from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa) who are planning a doctorate at Heidelberg University in the fields of Geography (with a focus on Geoinformatics) or Political Science and who need help with funding their doctorate. Learn more about everything you need to consider when applying, on this page.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship if

  1. Your are from Africa (primarily from Ghana or another country in West and Central Africa).
  2. You are planning a doctorate at Heidelberg University in one of the following fields:
    • Geography with a focus on Geoinformatics
    • Political Science
  3. You are among the best in your field.
  4. You need help with funding your doctorate.
  5. You do not live in Germany, yet (exception: attendance of a language course in Germany to acquire the required language skills).

Please note: The application for a scholarship is not an application for a doctorate. Therefore, please apply additionally for a study place at Heidelberg University.

What does the funding look like?

  • The amount of the scholarship for doctoral students is 1,200 € per month.
  • The award period is generally 2 semesters. An extension is possible on request and if all requirements are met (academic performance, financial hardship, availability of funds) for a maximum period of 2 semesters.

Good to know: During the support with a Robert and Christine Danziger Scholarship,

  • the simultaneous receipt of another scholarship is not possible,
  • the tax-free personal allowance from income from self-employed or non-self-employed activities may not be exeeded,
  • scholarship holders can only accept a max. 25% position for graduate assistants at Heidelberg University if there is no connection to the scholarship in terms of content and time. Please also note the previously mentioned reference to the personal allowance.

Whether the scholarship is tax-free depends on the individual case. Please make sure to contact your tax office for clarification.

Which application documents are required?

Please submit the following application documents during the application period:

  • Signed application form
  • Current preformance records: University diploma that qualifies for a doctorate (original certificate) including the final grade as well as an official translation in German or English and if available, an official conversion of the diploma to the German grading system.
    If your university diploma is not available by the end of the application period, it is sufficient to submit a provisional certificate from the university confirming your academic performances, so far (ideally with a grade of all examinations, so far), that states that you expect to complete your course of study by the start of the semester following the application period. Please note that you have to submit your missing certificate by the start of the lecture period.
  • Recommendation for doctorate (must be submitted until the end of the application period, at the latest)
  • Curriculum vitae in table form
  • Letter of motivation with reference to the topic of the doctorate
  • Recommendation letter from a university instructor in the specific field
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Self-disclosure of money available each month
  • Evidence confirming the financial situation (pay slip of the parents, own wage slips etc.)

Please note that you have to submit a valid certificate of enrolment in order to receive scholarship payments.

When and how can I apply?

You can apply for a scholarship from 1 May to 15 July. Please send your application documents as one single pdf document by email to

You prefer sending your documents by mail? Then please send them to Heidelberg University | Division for Foundations and Assets | Department 8.2: Donor Relations and Guesthouses | Seminarstr. 2 | 69117 Heidelberg. Please note that the receipt stamp date applies.

Please note: Applications that have not been received within the application period will unfortunately not be considered for selection.


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We are happy to help

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the scholarship programme:

Yasmine Schaller
Tel. +49 6221 54-12801

Simone Raasch
Tel. +49 6221 54-12823