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Doctoral Scholarships from Philipps-Universität Marburg

Form for a doctoral scholarship with a ballpoint pen
Photo: Rolf K. Wegst

Philipps-Universität Marburg currently awards two doctoral scholarships each year for dissertation projects of exceptional academic quality to outstanding junior scholars who would like to pursue their dissertation at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

The university invites applications for scholarships in the humanities and social sciences and in the life and natural sciences on an alternating basis.

  • How is funding structured?

    The scholarship amount is currently 1,300 EUR per month plus a materials allowance in the amount of 103 EUR and, where applicable, a child allowance of 400 EUR for the first child and 100 EUR for each additional child.

    Initial approval is for a twelve- or, typically, a 24-month period. Continued funding for the second or third year is possible upon favorable evaluation. The selection of scholarship recipients and their continued funding in the second or third year is premised on the applicant meeting certain reporting requirements and receiving a positive evaluation.

    The scholarships are awarded for a maximum of three years. To promote equal opportunity, scholarship recipients with one or more children under 12 years of age can extend the scholarship and/or receive an additional childcare allowance. In the event of special personal circumstances (for example, disability or severe illness of the scholarship recipient, family members in need of special medical care, and similar circumstances), approval can be granted to reduce the scholarship amount by up to 50 % and extend the scholarship accordingly.

    Detailed information on the terms of funding can be found in the Guidelines for the Award of Doctoral Scholarships at Philipps-Universität Marburg (PDF).

    In regard to equal opportunity, the doctoral scholarships are aligned with the DFG's "Verwendungsrichtlinien, Bedingungen für Förderverträge mit der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG) über Graduiertenkollegs" (PDF) (Usage Guidelines, Conditions for Research Agreements with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG) on Research Training Groups).

  • What is not funded?

    In principle, all doctoral candidates who have been accepted to pursue their doctorate at Philipps-Universität can apply, with the exception of medical students who are pursuing a Dr. med. (dent.) degree before having completed the third state examination.

    Furthermore, the doctoral scholarships are not designed to fund the completion of a doctorate. They are intended to support individuals who are at the beginning of their doctoral studies.

  • Additional information

    Unfortunately, we can only award two scholarships per year. Therefore, we would like to point out that the [university’s] departments or research training groups, structured doctoral programs, research projects, and the large foundations in particular often also award their own doctoral scholarships. Please contact these entities for information on possible scholarship programs and other scholarship options. 

    The decisions on awarding the scholarships are made by a cross-disciplinary selection committee composed of professors of Philipps-Universität: Selection Committee for Awarding Doctoral Scholarships of Philipps-Universität Marburg (PDF)

  • Current call for applications

    At present, it is unclear whether and when the doctoral scholarships will be announced again. For further information, please refer to the e-mail distribution lists of Philipps-Universität Marburg.


Dr. Jan-Paul Klünder
MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Tel.: +49 (0)6421 28 21299