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How can I finance my doctoral degree studies?

Look here for information on several scholarships for self-financing your doctoral degree studies, as well as various forms of financial assistance specially for women and international doctoral students.

You do not need to pay tuition for your doctoral program studies at a German university. However, you do have to cover your living expenses.

Most individual doctoral degree candidates at the University of Stuttgart already have a paid doctoral student job and work as research assistants for the University. If they are in structured PhD programs, they are also supported financially. Still another financing option for doctoral students is through outside employment.

If you are especially talented and motivated, you may also consider applying for a scholarship to cover your living expenses. Germany has many foundations, public agencies, and research organizations capable of supporting you and your research with a scholarship.

Additional funding options exist especially for women and international doctoral students.

Allgemeine Informationen und Stiftungssuche

Scholarships for the highly gifted

  • Stipendium Plus – A coalition of 13 organizations housed in the Federal Ministry for Education and Research to foster young talent
  • Doctoral studies scholarships through the State graduate funding program. Contact Herr Roth in the Student Affairs Office for more information on this scholarship source.

Scholarships by discipline and specialized field

Topic-specific doctoral degree scholarships

Financial support for women

The University of Stuttgart Feel Science mentoring program for women in Science and Research

  • Provides a seasoned mentor from academe or industry to provide career support and counsel.
  • Offers career-relevant contacts with leaders and other mentees.
  • Helps hone career skills through series of seminars and workshops, for example, in rhetoric, presentation techniques or project management.

Frau Regina Rapp of the Mentoring Coordination Program will be glad to answer your questions about the program.


Counseling for female doctoral students

Dr. Barbara Unteutsch with the University of Stuttgart Gender Equality Office stands ready to provide advice in case of conflicts, in basic decision-making situations, and on support options.

Information for international doctoral students

In Germany, many foundations, research organizations and public institutions also support highly qualified doctoral students, including those from other countries.

The largest scholarship provider for international doctoral students is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). On its website you will also find a scholarship data base that covers both DAAD scholarships and those offered by other institutions.

The University of Stuttgart's International Office provides support and answers to questions regarding your stay here. It can refer you to German language lessons and scholarship opportunities for doctoral students from other countries. Contact your advisor at the International Office.

Die Universität Stuttgart ist international vernetzt und zieht Promovierende aus aller Welt an (c) Max Kovalenko