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Doctoral Scholarships from Philipps-Universität Marburg

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

Currently, Philipps-Universität Marburg 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. Excepted are medical students who pursue the Dr. med. (dent.) degree before completing the third state examination. The university invites applications for scholarships in the humanities and social sciences and in the life and natural sciences on an alternating basis.

The next call of applications will be in the middle of July 2021 in the humanities and social sciences.

The funding is provided in accordance with the Guidelines for the Award of Doctoral Scholarships at Philipps-Universität Marburg (PDF). Regarding equality standards, the Guidelines refer to the DFG's "Verwendungsrichtlinien, Bedingungen für Förderverträge mit der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG) über Graduiertenkollegs" (PDF) (DFG's "Usage Guidelines, Conditions for Research Agreements with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG) on Research Training Groups"). 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 for a reduction of the original scholarship amount by as much as 50 % and the scholarship extended accordingly. The support amount is currently 1,300 EUR per month plus material costs amounting to 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, as a rule, a 24-month period. Continued annual payment for the second or third year is possible upon favorable evaluation. The selection and extension processes entail report obligations and evaluation procedures. Doctoral candidates receiving funding are expected to become a member of MArburg University Research Academy (MARA).

Applications may be submitted online only. Please see the current call for applications for further information on application requirements, the application process, application deadlines and dates, documents to be submitted, and when support commences.

Please note that the departments, Research Training Groups, structured doctoral programs, and research projects often also award their own doctoral scholarships. Please inquire with your department, Research Training Group, structured doctoral program, or research project for further information.


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