The Graduate Academy assists doctoral students in their search and application for various types of funding.
The Graduate Academy awards doctoral fellowships as well as grants for doctoral candidates and postdocs and provides information about funding organizations as well as structured doctoral programs. Our Service Point team can also help you with your search for funding opportunities (information on scholarship providers, exposé advice etc.).
Financing your doctoral studies
A fellowship gives doctoral students the freedom to devote themselves entirely to their dissertation. It should be noted that doctoral candidates with a scholarship are not covered by social security and therefore have to take care of their own insurance cover (e.g. health insurance).
Foundations and organizations for the promotion of young talent
In Germany there are 13 funding organizations for the promotion of young talent (Begabtenförderungswerke). These organizations are carried by different societal agencies (political parties, churches etc.) and all organizations award doctoral fellowships.
Structured doctoral programs
The University of Heidelberg has more than 30 structured doctoral programs in all disciplines that are funded through a variety of sources. Depending on the kind of program, fellowships are granted only at the outset of the program or throughout its duration.
Funding programs offered by the Graduate Academy
The Graduate Academy awards funding support to doctoral candidates at Heidelberg University who are in the final phase of their doctoral training without funding. Funding will be granted only for the writing process of the dissertation, which has to be completed and submitted at the end of the funding period.
Travel grants for doctoral students and postdocs
The Heidelberg University Graduate Academy offers travel grants for doctoral students and postdocs at Heidelberg University for the participation in conferences, workshops and for short-term research trips in Germany and abroad. The reimbursement of travel and living expenses (excluding meals) as well as registration fees is possible.
Grants for the Publication of Dissertations
The Heidelberg University Graduate Academy offers grants for the publication of high quality doctoral dissertations. Grants can be awarded to applicants with above-average qualifications who completed their doctoral training at Heidelberg University within the twelve months before the application deadline and who received a final grade of summa cum laude, Mit Auszeichnung, or magna cum laude (only in special cases) on their dissertation. Applicants must also clearly state in their application why their dissertation cannot be published electronically.