State Doctoral Scholarships at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany, 2017



The Friedrich Schiller University is offering State Scholarships, so called Landesgraduiertenstipendien, funded by the State of Thuringia. Scholarships may be extended up to a maximum funding period of three years.

Friedrich Schiller University Jena is a public research university located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany. The university was established in 1558 and is counted among the ten oldest universities in Germany.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the doctoral programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award: The funding period of these scholarships is up to two years. Scholarships may be extended up to a maximum funding period of three years. Since 2017, the scholarship is 1350,- EUR per month and (if applicable) extra payments for child care.

Number of Scholarships: The number of scholarships granted varies from year to year – in recent years, it was about 10-12 each year. Each faculty can grant 1-2 scholarships.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility: The scholarship can be awarded to candidates who

  • Proof their qualification for research with outstanding exam results
  • Are accepted by at least one supervisor at Friedrich Schiller University
  • Meet the admission requirements for a doctorate at FSU Jena and who prepare a doctorate at FSU.

The applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • University studies finished in an appropriate time
  • Outstanding exam results that show the applicant’s special qualification for research
  • A scientifically complex and demanding dissertation project, which can be finished within three years and is meant to be an important contribution to science.

Nationality: Citizens of Germany are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

How to Apply: Applications are made online. Please add these documents to your online application (upload as pdf at the application website):

  • CV (with photo)
  • Exposé of your PhD project, containing the aims, their derivation and reasons, current re-search, methods, the schedule of your project and relevant literature (5-10 pages without the bibliography), Arial 11pt, line pitch 1.5
  • Abstract of the written exam paper (if applicable) on 2 – 3 pages
  • Scan of your university degree (with transcripts)

Further parts of your application:

  • A confidential reference by your supervisor, containing information about the PhD project and the personal and scientific qualification of the applicant.
  • Please ask your supervisor to submit the form directly to
  • A confidential, formless reference by a second professor. Please ask the professor to submit the form directly to

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

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