Financing Your Doctoral Studies
- Grant aid: you can check out the prospects for qualifying for a doctoral research grant by enquiring at the Germany Embassy or the nearest branch of the DAAD in your home country. Applications must be submitted from home, not from within Germany.
- Financial assistance at JLU: to find out what the preconditions are for obtaining financial aid for doctoral study from JLU Giessen, consult these pages and the webpages dealing with Research Grants.
- Further grant authorities and institutions can be found in the DAAD Grants Database and here.
Unfortunately, there have been some recent cases of dubious scholarship offers. It is highly unusual for scholarship donors to ask for money from you in advance or even for your fingerprints. If this happens to you, please be cautious and inform us. However, the institutions listed in the DAAD-database and on JLU’s web pages can be regarded as trustworthy.
- as a lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in a university Department at Giessen:
Positions as lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) are advertised on the open market, so you must not only apply personally but must also expect there to be a lot of competition from other candidates wishing to undertake doctoral work.
Apart from preparing and completing your dissertation while occupying such a position, you are obliged to undertake work within the Department. This usually involves teaching courses and assisting a professor in teaching and research matters. In combination with your doctoral research, this activity can consume a lot of your time and energies, but does provide you with a secure livelihood. It is also of advantage for your CV and professional prospects, of course, if you can show that you have worked and taught in a university Department.
- Over and above the various possibilities sketched in here, there may be other special grant-aid programs of relevance to you, such as the GCSC Graduate Program.