There are numerous financial support programmes for doctoral students.

On these pages you will find the right programme for your needs.

Doctoral Fund

Our Doctoral Fund supports doctoral students at the University of Konstanz in building scientific networks. Several times a year, grants for conference travel, research stays, data collection and organization of workshops can be applied for. All doctoral students accepted for doctoral studies at the University of Konstanz are eligible to apply.

Retreats for doctoral students

Within the framework of the Doctoral Fund, for the first time, several doctoral students can apply jointly for funding for a retreat that serves their scientific work, their collaboration and networking, or their continuing education.

Scholarship programme of the University of Konstanz according to the LGFG

Doctoral students at the University of Konstanz can receive doctoral scholarships through the scholarship programme of the University of Konstanz according to the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz (LGFG).

Kongressreisen- und Vortragsreiseprogramm des DAAD

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Der DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) hat neue Kongressreisen- und Vortragsreiseprogramme ausgeschrieben. Unterstützt wird die Vorstellung der eigenen Forschungsergebnisse an ausländischen Institutionen oder die aktive Teilnahme an Fachtagungen im Ausland. Zuschüsse zu den Reisekosten, Aufenthaltskosten oder Tagungsgebühren können beantragt werden. Förderanträge können bereits in der Promotionsphase gestellt werden.

Details finden Sie auf den DAAD-Seiten Kongressreisenprogramm bzw. Vortragsreisenprogramm.

AFF - phase-out funding for doctoral students

The Committee for Research Questions writes: "For the phasing-out financing of doctoral students, supervisors can apply for half-time positions (TV-L E 13) for a maximum of three months. Applications for this are possible informally during the main and supplementary campaigns as well as outside of the campaigns with a detailed justification and a specific description of duties."

Support programmes of the Equal Opportunities Office

The Equal Opportunity Council promotes qualification and career development of young female scientists through programmes and offers. It also promotes structural projects to anchor equality and gender in the university.

The offers for equality are aimed at young female scientists including persons whose identity does not correspond to the standardized gender identities, e.g. transgender, transsex, intersex, agender. You can find more information on the Financial support page.

Financial assistance for international doctoral candidates

A number of financial aids are available for international doctoral students such as the teaching and research assistantships for international doctoral students and junior scientists or the emergency fund for international students (BA, MA, PhD).

Dr. August und Annelies Karst Foundation

The Dr. August und Annelies Karst Foundation supports research and research work, events, exhibitions and material resources. It does not cover the costs of positions and shares of positions, start-up funding or continuing projects, e.g. event and publication series. All members of the University of Konstanz are eligible to apply.

Further financing possibilities for your doctorate

Financing through employment

About half of all doctorates at the University of Konstanz are financed through employment as a research assistant.

Job advertisements of the University of Konstanz for scientific employees can be found on the job advertisements page. Scientific job offers can also be found on or via mailing lists of the student body of your desired department.

External doctoral fellowships

Instead of a staff position, a doctoral degree may also be funded by a grant from government or private institutions and from foundations. The largest share of individual scholarships are awarded by the Begabtenförderungswerke, which are supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Their application criteria vary, but all require above-average academic and examination results as well as social commitment. A comparative overview of the similarities and differences between the thirteen scholarships for the gifted can be found at In addition, there are a number of scholarships from smaller foundations and institutions, some of which award subject-specific, topic-specific or even person-specific scholarships. In addition, there are funding opportunities ranging from simple printing subsidies to funding for travel and stays abroad.