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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. 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). The assistance is a contingency fund, a so-called emergency fund. That is to say, funding can be granted only if no other funding is available. 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. 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.

Due to the current situation, the date of the next call of applications is not set yet.

The travel should be related to the research project.

Travel assistance is 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.)

Fundig is available in the amount of 2,000 EUR per applicant and 1,500 EUR per trip during the doctoral phase. You may not apply if you have already received two travel assistance grants from MARA or the Graduate Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. It is obligatory that no travel warning has been issued by the Federal Foreign Office for the destination of the planned journey.

In addition, the travel may not be subsidized by any other entity and no such subsidy should be available. 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. We ask Begabtenförderungswerke scholarship recipients to inquire with their Begabtenförderungswerk about fixed travel allowances and/or additional assistance for international travel. 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.

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. Costs for food, including a daily allowance, and costs for books cannot be covered by MARA. Only one trip per person and call will be sponsored. 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.

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