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

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 € 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.

In addition 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.

New applications

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

For scholarships that start on 1 October 2021 applications must be submitted by 30 April 2021.

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.

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!


The application consists of the following documents:

  • Form "Additional information"
  • Letter of application
  • Chronological C.V.
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • Copy of the acceptance letter of your faculty ("Annahmeschreiben") or copy of the letter of the faculty that confirms that you have applied for acceptance as a doctoral candidate
  • 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 to the dean's office of your faculty by the respective deadline. The application must be submitted to the dean's office in electronic form as one single pdf scan. Please note that the documents must be scanned in the exact order as described above; if you wish you may then add further documents. .

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. The application must be submitted as one single pdf scan. Please note that the documents in the scan must follow this sequence:

Letter of application, statement from the mainsupervisor, report of the progress of your project, and a work and timeplan.

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

Taxation of scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to finance the cost of living of the recipients. In general scholarships are exempt from taxation. Under specific circumstances a scholarship may be taxed. You can find more information on this topic here.


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