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Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate Scholarships of JLU

 Due to sevral inquiries about the procedure and the still difficult to predict development of the pandemic situation, this year's deadline for the application for the Postgraduate Fellowship is postponed by 4 weeks. The new deadline for application submission (see below) is Friday, October 15, 2021.



  • College degree that allows one to start doctoral studies
  • Above-average performance in studies and examinations
  • A special talent for academic work
  • Adhering to the JLU statute on Ensuring Good Scientific Practice in all areas
  • The doctoral project should make an important and outstanding contribution to the pursuit of knowledge in the scholar's field of study.
  • At the time of application, no preliminary work on a large scale regarding the doctoral project


An award of the scholarship is subject to available funding from JLU.


Applying in 2021

Information on how to apply and additional tips for applicants

Your application for a postgraduate scholarship at Justus Liebig University must contain the following documents:

1. A completely filled out Ausschreibung Förderfonds Forschung application form.

2. Your curriculum vitae.

3. A dated work plan and timetable in German or in English, both in duplicate
(between 8 and 12 pages, Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 line spacing)

Introduce the work plan with a short comment about 50 words in length - preferably in German - that describes the project goal. Applicants must affirm via signature that they wrote and submitted the application themselves.

4. An appraisal by the supervising professor (please refer to the Ausschreibung Förderfonds Forschung Letter from the Executive Board to the Supervisor) - which includes i. a. a written confirmation that, at the time of application, no preliminary work exists on a large scale regarding the doctoral project.

5. Your university diploma

(If this is unavailable, get a transcript from your examination Office.)

6. Written confirmation from the doctorate committee that you fulfill the requirements for doctoral studies.


Please send these documents to the following address prior to the application deadline of Friday, October 15, 2021:


Justus Liebig University Giessen
The President
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen


The postmark date, or the date you put the application into the mailbox of the Erwin Stein Building (Goethestrasse 58), must be on or prior to the deadline.

Women are especially encouraged to apply for a scholarship.


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Research Office (; tel.: 0641/99-12101).


Please heed the following information as well:


Documents 1-4 mentioned above must be received by October 15, 2021. Documents 5-6 can be submitted later as long as they arrive by December 31, 2021.


In addition to the paper documents, please e-mail PDF copies of documents 1-3 prior to the deadline of October 15, 2021 to your faculty dean with the subject header "Application for a JLU postgraduate scholarship"


Anyone who submits an incomplete application by the deadline risks the application not being available for consideration due to the university's quick internal processing period.


Tips for applicants:

Ausschreibung Förderfonds Forschung Instructions on applying for a scholarship

Please adhere to JLU's guidelines on data protection.