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Funding Advice

How can I finance my doctorate?

We provide members of the GGK and GCSC with targeted information on possible sources of funding. Depending on your needs, counselling may include for example:

  • Reflection on suitable funding methods with regard to your individual situation and career goals

  • Information on possible scholarship providers, application procedures and requirements as well as useful tools for independent search for scholarships or part-time jobs

  • For international applicants: Information on current funding options and the funding landscape in Germany

  • If necessary, referral to further contact persons or counselling centres, e. g. for help with the preparation of application documents.

On this page, you will find some basic information on the topic of financing your doctorate. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact  (for members of the GCSC) or  (for members of the GGK).

Funding Advice

In Germany, doctorates in the humanities and social sciences are most often financed through scholarships or part-time employment at a university, e. g. as a research assistant ( Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin ) or academic assistant ( akademische Hilfskraft ). Other doctoral students work full or part-time in the private sector or are self-employed. A few finance their doctorate privately.

Depending on your circumstances and your career goals, different options may be more or less suitable for you. It is therefore worthwhile to think about your preferred path early on and also to pursue backup paths.

Advisory Team

For more specific questions, please contact the GGK and GCSC advisory team by e-mail or phone to make an appointment.

We wish you good luck and success in your search for funding for your doctorate!

For members of the GCSC:
Lena Nüchter
+49 641 / 99-30 056 (Office)

Office hours: Tuesday 14.00-16.00

For members of the GGK:
Jacqueline Sim
+49 641 / 99-30 024 (Office)

Office hours: by arrangement