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Scholarships and grants are available for students at any stage in their career and for various purposes from diverse institutions and foundations. Generally speaking, the more advanced you are with your studies, the more offers you may find.

Funding can be obtained for almost any aspect of one's study or research. Individual foundations, associated with political parties, confessions or other social organizations, provide long-time support for postgraduate and doctoral students for up to three years. They sometimes provide additional funds for study or research abroad.

Exhaustive lists of foundations and programmes offering grants and scholarships are provided by the German Labor Union for Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has a useful database not only for travel funds. Internally, within Heidelberg University, the International Relations Office can be consulted.

Funding for Conference Participation

Universities, individual projects and foundations may also provide funds for conference or short-term research trips. Doctoral students can apply for funding for conference and lecture participation at the DAAD and the University's Graduate Academy. Post-Doctoral students have the additional opportunity to apply for travel subsidies at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG). 

Publication Grants

Grants to complete and publish doctoral theses, on the other hand, are limited and difficult to obtain. It is therefore advisable to plan well in advance, stick to a strict schedule and to keep searching for alternative funding. The University's Graduate Academy provides limited grants through funding from the Excellence Initiative.

Below we provide you with announcements of current offers. If not stated otherwise, the offers listed on these pages are available for German as well as foreign students.

Funding Offers

Mar 26, 2015

Start-Up Scholarships, Basel

The Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S) at the University of Basel, Switzerland, is seeking applications for Start-Up Scholarships, starting in October 2015.Applicants should have an M.A. in one... read more

Mar 26, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowships and One-year Postdoctoral Writing Grants, Göttingen

The Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, is seeking applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships and one-year postdoctoral writing grants, starting on... read more

Mar 24, 2015

College Fellow in Pre-modern Japanese Humanities, Massachusetts

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, USA, is seeking applications for a position of college fellow in Pre-modern Japanese Humanities for one year with the... read more

Mar 12, 2015

PhD Scholarships at the Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences, Copenhagen

The Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking applications for PhD scholarships, starting on September 1, 2015.The Graduate School of Social Sciences... read more

Mar 12, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Position in Sinology, Amsterdam

The School of Culture and History at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the Cultural History of China (Sinology), starting... read more

Mar 12, 2015

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in the Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia", Duisburg-Essen

The DFG-funded Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia" at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, is seeking applications for one postdoctoral position, starting in June 2015, five... read more

Mar 12, 2015

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in History, Massachusetts

The Department of History at Boston College, USA, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in early modern and modern history, starting in September 2015 for up to three... read more



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