Scholarship amount and duration
Currently, the scholarship is 1,000 EUR per month plus material costs amounting to 103 EUR and, where applicable, a child allowance. The scholarship does not include a living-abroad allowance or cost-of-living adjustments.
The maximum duration of the scholarship is 36 months. Funding ends no later than three months after the month of the last oral exam or at the close of the month in which the candidate discontinues doctoral work at Philipps-Universität Marburg for other reasons (such as abandoning doctoral work or transferring to another university to pursue it). The scholarship can only be extended beyond the 36-month period in accordance with the university’s policies to promote equal opportunity between female and male scholarship holders or in the case of partial scholarships (see for this the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) “Usage guidelines for Research Training Groups with instructions for the final report and regulations governing good scientific practice” (“Verwendungsrichtlinien Graduiertenkollegs mit Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis”)).
The scholarship is initially granted for a twelve- or, as a rule, for a 24-month period. It is extended for an additional twelve months for a second and third time upon favorable evaluation by the Selection Committee.
Candidates may apply for a doctoral scholarship offered by Philipps-Universität Marburg if
- they have completed university studies qualifying for admission as a doctoral student; a certificate of proof must be submitted at the latest by the time funding begins;
- they have proven outstanding academic research ability through exceptional results in previous studies and examinations;
- their proposed doctoral research promises to make an important and outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in their field of research; and
- they have been admitted as doctoral candidates at Philipps-Universität Marburg; proof of admission must be submitted at the latest by the time funding begins.
A doctoral scholarship cannot be granted if the scholarship holder is receiving another scholarship from public or private funds. Income from self-employment or employment and transfer payments (earnings before taxes) as well as income from assets of the scholarship holder (capital assets [e.g., interest on savings deposits], rental and lease income, income from company shares or business ownership, as well as agriculture and forestry) that exceeds 6,000.00 EUR per year (for each scholarship year) will be deducted from the scholarship.
Documents for the application
Complete and submit the application electronically via the Online Application Form, which can be found the "Further official information" link below and to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following documents must be submitted with the application (complete, not write-protected, and summarized in a single PDF file, with translations into the German or English language, where necessary):
- A description of the proposed research project, including a work and time schedule and a statement on the reasons for pursuing the doctorate at Philipps-Universität Marburg (6 pages max.).
- A curriculum vitae in tabular form (1 page max.).
- A letter of recommendation from the first advisor of the dissertation (primary review of the
- Proof of completion of university studies (certificate of graduation) including a transcript of records; if this proof is not yet available, the following documents can be submitted preliminarily provided that the course of studies has been completed: a list of examination grades, a statement by the advisor assuring that the final thesis will receive an excellent grade (if applicable), and a statement by the dean’s office that the requirements for admission as a doctoral candidate will be fulfilled upon provision of the necessary documents; proof of completion of university studies must be submitted at the latest by the time funding begins.
- A certificate of admission as a doctoral candidate to a faculty of Philipps-Universität or a statement documenting that the requirements for admission to a faculty of Philipps- Universität are fulfilled; the certificate of admission must be submitted at the latest by the time funding begins.
- A separate statement by the candidate that she or he will not be receiving another scholarship from public or private funds, income from employment (or self-employment), or transfer payments once the scholarship begins (should any of the aforementioned apply, a statement must be provided accordingly); should the candidate receive income from employment (or self-employment) or transfer payments, additional proof of such income must be provided.
- The office of the dean of the faculty is requested to provide the following documents after the end of the application period:
- A secondary review of the dissertation proposal (external reviewers are accepted; it may not be prepared by the candidate's first advisor or the first advisor of any other applicant).
- In addition to the required statement concerning scholarships and/or other income, the Selection Committee will contact the candidate once the scholarship has been awarded and request a separate statement on income from assets and other sources.
The key criteria applied in assessing the applications are
- the description of the planned research project including the work and time schedule,
- the reviews, and
- the results of previous studies and examinations.
The major selection criterion is the applicant’s exceptional qualifications. Besides academic achievements in previous studies, the candidate’s exceptional qualifications are primarily assessed on the basis of the high academic excellence of the dissertation proposal. It is expected to make an important and outstanding contribution to advancing knowledge in the respective academic field (academic relevance). In addition to enhancing academic knowledge in the field, aspects contributing to science policy or of economic-technical or socio-political significance can also be considered in this respect. Apart from the research objective and the work and time schedule, the high academic excellence of the dissertation proposal is first and foremost reflected in the research plan/research design (research approach, methodology, etc.).
Scholarship holders are obliged to
- be members of MArburg University Research Academy at Philipps-Universität,
- indicate any change in her/his factual and legal circumstances, particularly in her/his personal or economic status (e.g., birth of a child, receipt of another scholarship, changes in income from employment or assets) and provide proof thereof,
- indicate all scholarships, transfer payments, as well as income from self-employment, employment, and assets and provide proof thereof annually without further request,
- comply with further obligations of proof emanating from, for instance, choice of the “money- instead-of-time” option in accordance with the DFG provisions for the promotion of equal opportunity laid down in its “Usage guidelines for Research Training Groups with instructions for the final report and regulations governing good scientific practice” (“Verwendungsrichtlinien Graduiertenkollegs mit Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis”) (requiring specific proof of expenses for childcare),
- comply with reporting requirements.
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