Federal State Funding at Kiel University

Kiel University grants federal state funding to doctoral candidates in accordance with the Landesverordnung zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses (StpVO) vom 14.12.2009. The Landesverordnung lists all requirements you need to fulfill in order to be granted a scholarship.

Please note that you are not eligible for a scholarship if you have already received funding for your doctorate from public institutions in Germany and abroad.

The monthly stipend is currently € 900 and will be paid at the beginning of the month. The grant is awarded initially for the duration of one year and can be renewed for another year.

As specified in the Landesverordnung you may also receive a gratuity for defraying travel costs and costs for materials (not for printing costs) in your first and second year of funding of € 800 per annum.

An English translation of the Landesverordnung is not available. The Graduate Center's Office provides help if needed.

New applications

For scholarships that start on 1 October 2020 applications must be submitted by 30 April 2020.

For scholarships that start on 1 April 2021 applications must be submitted by 15 October 2020.

Applications for further funding:

The deadline for submitting your application for further funding is stated in the official letter granting your scholarship.

Please note:

Please note that doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences must comply with different deadlines.

Applications from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences have to be handed in personally at the dean's office.

Generally you have the possibility of applying for a third year of funding. The regulations (Landesverordnung) only allow such an additional year of funding in especially well-founded cases, for example to further the compatibility between doctorate and family. Therefore applications for a third year of funding require a special justification. The justification will be considered and assessed by the commissions. Please note: Because of the regulations (Landesverordnung) a third year of funding is quite an exception!


Please submit the following documents together with your applicaiton:

  • Letter of application
  • Chronological C.V.
  • Copy of degree certificate
  • Two recommendation letters including one of your supervising professor at Kiel University
  • Abstract of your proposed doctoral research including the current state of your research and a time and work plan
  • Short summary of your abstract (max. 1/3 page)


The dean's offices may request further documents.

Please note that you are responsible that your application is submitted by the respective deadline. In order to ensure this you may ask for a date stamp on your application or you may send in your application as a registered letter. In order to meet the deadline you can also hand in your application at the university's main gate at Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4.; in this case please ask for a date stamp.

Selection procedure

In a first step your application will be reviewed by the respective faculty's Commission. The Central Commission for the Support of Young Researchers and Artists will then decide on the final awarding of the scholarships. Finally you will receive a letter of approval or rejection.

Since this procedure takes several weeks, we ask you to refrain from queries concerning your application's status.

Applications for an extension of funding

Applications for an extension of funding have to be submitted to the dean's office by the date stated in your letter of approval.

Instead of an abstract it is sufficient to hand in a work and time plan covering the funding period you are applying for, as well as a statement detailing the progress of your work, especially which results have been achieved in what timeframe. In addition a statement of your supervising professor about the progress of your work has to be handed in.

Please note that application for a third year of funding will only be granted in very special cirumstances.

If you have any questions concerning the Federal State Grants send an e-mail to consulting@gz.uni-kiel.de.