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Travel Assistance

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MArburg University Research Academy (MARA) generally awards travel assistance twice a year to its doctoral candidate members and postdocs. For example, you may apply for travel to conferences, field visits, and visits to archives if no other funding opportunities are available.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Tender periodTender period

    Calls for applications are usually made in early January with an application deadline in late January and again in early June with an application deadline in late June. You will find information on current tenders further down this page. Both grants include the stipulation that the travel must commence in the same year as the approval and must conclude no later than March 31 of the following year.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Funding conditionsFunding conditions

    It is important to note that there is only a small budget available for travel allowances each year and that we are therefore unfortunately unable to fund all applications. We ask for your understanding. For this reason, our funding program is designed as a so-called emergency fund or failure funding. This means that MARA only supports scientific trips if no other funding or funding is possible. For you, this means that you must first apply for funding elsewhere (e.g. your department, the DAAD, a foundation, a specialist society, etc.). We ask Begabtenförderungswerke scholarship recipients to inquire with their Begabtenförderungswerk about fixed travel allowances and/or additional assistance for international travel. If your application is rejected there or if there is no funding opportunity at all elsewhere for your specific travel project, you have the option of applying to MARA.

    Should you have already submitted an application for travel assistance elsewhere or be able to apply for such assistance, you are always required to provide proof of such application. If the other entity has not yet decided on granting assistance and all other requirements have been met, MARA may approve travel assistance on the condition that no other funding is granted. If you wish to apply to MARA, please submit a written refusal from the Begabtenförderungswerk.

    • Special rules apply for possible funding of international travel through DAAD programs: Should a corresponding DAAD program exist (see especially the DAAD Kongress- and Vortragsreisenprogramm as well as the Programm für Kurzstipendien für Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden), you are expected to first apply with the DAAD; please supply us with proof of that application. Please note that missing the DAAD application deadline cannot be recognized by MARA as a valid reason for applying. This also applies if the DAAD has declined an application on formal grounds.
      Please note that in some DAAD programs certain application documents – for example, confirmation of acceptance as a speaker, verification of the amount of the conference fee, or a letter from your advisor – may be submitted later so that you can first submit an application without these documents. Please review the corresponding DAAD conditions for application thoroughly before concluding that you cannot apply for the programs in question.
    • It is obligatory that no travel warning has been issued by the Federal Foreign Office or the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for the destination of the planned journey.
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What can be promoted?What can be promoted?

    Your travel must be related to your respective doctoral or research project. A travel assistance is then available for

    A) International travel:

    • Travel to conferences (only if applicant is contributing to the conference)
    • Travel for academic collaboration (also summer schools and similar formats in the interest of academic discourse and not exclusively continuing education)
    • Field research (archive, library, monuments, etc.)

    B) Domestic Travel:

    • Travel to national conferences (as a rule only if applicant is presenting)
    • Travel to international conferences (only if applicant is contributing to the conference)
    • Field research (archive, library, monuments, etc.)

    As part of the travel assistance offered by MARA, travel expenses, accommodation expenses, and other expenses such as conference fees can be covered at their actual value.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What can not be promoted?What can not be promoted?

    Costs for food, including a daily allowance, and costs for books cannot be covered by MARA.

    In principle, all PhD students and post-docs at Philipps University can apply. There is an exception in the case of doctoral candidates in the field of medicine: Medical students pursuing a Dr. med. (dent.) doctorate are eligible to apply provided that the doctorate is a research doctorate (minimum of two years full-time, independent scientific research).

    Only one trip per person and call will be sponsored. If you have already received two travel grants from MARA during your doctoral or post-doctoral phase, it is no longer possible to apply.

    Travel from abroad to Germany is not eligible for funding.

    Once an application for a travel allowance has been declined, it cannot be submitted a second time.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How is promoted?How is promoted?

    Fundig is available in the amount of 2,000 EUR per applicant and 1,500 EUR per trip during the doctoral phase. Only one application for a travel grant can be submitted per person per call.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Current calls for applicationCurrent calls for application

    The next call of applications is expected to take place in January 2022.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Further hintsFurther hints

    Only applications for travel assistance that is currently being offered will be accepted. Please see the current call for applications for details on the application deadline, documents to be submitted, application procedures, and all additional information.

    Please note that the planning and organization of your travel is not done through MARA but through your department. This also applies if you are requesting permission for work-related travel.


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