Grants for measures shaping your personal profile

The Graduate Center supports measures that strenghten the personal profile of its registered doctoral candidates by contributing to the expenses for individual qualifying measures.

Conference visits and research stays are not supported by this programm. In these cases please apply for grants for research stays and conference visits.

The following measures can be supported:

  1. You acquire skills and knowledge that improve the quality of your doctoral research project and which you cannot acquire during conference visits or research stays;
  2. You acquire skills and knowledge that are useful for your future academic career;
  3. You acquire skills and knowledge that are useful for a future career outside academia.

The Executive Committee of the Graduate Center evaluates the measures listed in points 1 - 3.

Measures from the scientific and academic sector will be given priority. We pay particular attention to measures that improve the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of the applicants. We welcome applications from the priority research areas of Kiel University (KMS, KLS, SECC und KINSIS), whose doctoral candidates would like to pursue a measure from a different discipline.

If you are uncertain whether the measure you are planning qualifies for a grant from the Graduate Center please contact Dr. Sabine Milde - even in the early stages of the planning process.

Funds will be paid for documented costs incurred for travel expenses, accommodation and the measure itself but not more than a total of € 500.  We also take into consideration other funding you may have acquired for the measure. Since overall funding is limited, not all applications can be approved or fully funded.

For personal measures that last longer than a week and therefore cause higher cost you should consider the Promos funding programme of the DAAD. You can find information about this programme and how to apply for funds on the respective website of the International Center.

The Graduate Center's funding is particularly intended for doctoral candidates who do not secure 100% funding elsewhere. For this reason, the Graduate Center expects you to apply first to all possible funding organizations or sponsors.

Deadline for submitting applications:

Applications have to be submitted to the Graduate Center at least six weeks before the start of the measure. In very special cases exceptions are possible. Please contact  Dr. Sabine Milde before you submit an application.

Payment of grants via travel application

The Graduate Center grants  for measures shaping your personal profile will only be allocated through Kiel University’s Travel Expenses Office, following the submission of your travel expenses statement. This means that when you have applied for funds from the Graduate Center you must submit a travel application even if you are a scholarship holder. Applications for a business trip must be submitted via Kiel University's electronic submission system Win Trip Advanced. Employees of the university can log in with their personnel number. Doctoral candidates that are not employees of the university may request a login from Travel Management. You can find more information here.

Please note: new regulations concerning the A 1 certificate
On 01.07.2019, the electronic A1 certification procedurehas become mandatory for secondments to EU countries as well as countries of the so-called EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland).You can find all relevant information concering the certificate and the appliation procedure here.


Application forms:

Please apply via our online portal.

If you are not yet registered with the Graduate Center you have to create a user account first.

Additionally you have to submit the following documents:

Supervisor's assessment (main supervisor according to  the doctoral degree regulations)

Confirmation by the institution you wish to visit or by the organizers of the measure

Scholarship holders have to submit a current copy of their scholarship grants and other grants they may receive.

The application must be filled out and submitted in our online portal. In addition please submit a complete and signed print-out of your application to
Geschäftsführung des Graduiertenzentrums der CAU Kiel, Leibnizstraße 3, 24118 Kiel or hand it in at the CAU Main Gate, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4 (in this instance please ask for a stamp of receipt). Both applications must reach the Graduate Center at least six weeks before the measure commences.

Additionally you have to send the supervisor's assessment, filled out completely and signed, as a scanned pdf to the Graduate Center via on time.

Applications that are not submitted to the Graduate Center as described above will not be processed.


Advice for completing the pdfs:

  • Please use the Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Save the pdf locally to edit the form at any time
  • Make sure that no text field is enabled when you save the pdf