Although Germany offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities full funding for doctoral research is only available from a limited number of organisations for the promotion of young talent (Begabtenförderungswerke), some of which also accept applications from international candidates. Further details can be found below.

The main source of financial support in the form of scholarships for international applicants is offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which has offices and information centres around the world and offers also an extensive scholarship database. Furthermore, some of the structured programmes at the University infrequently offer scholarship opportunities.

International candidates should also refer to the Researcher's Mobility Portal established by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which offers information on a range of funding opportunities.

Some more research databases (provided in German only) can be found on our related website in German.


Elite Network of Bavaria

As we were just informed, there will be no new Call for Applications. The last doctoral candidates have been accepted in May 2013.


Promotion of Young Talent

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports eleven organisations for the promotion of young talent which are either politically or denominationally oriented. Those organisations offer scholarships for outstanding and socially active candidates and many of them welcome international candidates.

Further information:
Organisations for the promotion of young talent


Women in Academia

A number of programmes are available for the targeted support of young women in academia. For an overview, please, read our website on Gender equality and see the homepage of the FAU Office for Gender and Diversity .