Federal State Funding at Kiel University

Kiel University grants scholarships to doctoral candidates in accordance with the Landesverordnung zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses. The Landesverordnung (federal state regulations) 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 € 1,350 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.

Important notice concerning the application for a federal state scholarship: This year no more scholarships for the 1st year will be awarded. Applications for further funding can be submitted as usual; the deadline for submissions is stated in the letter of approval.

The federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is currently preparing modifications to the Hochschulgesetz (Higher Education Act). This will include new regulations concerning the federal state scholarships. Therefore the University Board has decided not to award any more new scholarships this year. This decision does not apply to applications for the extension of federal state scholarships. These can be submitted according to the guidelines described below.

We will inform you once it has become clear how doctoral scholarships will be advertised and awarded from 2022 onwards.

Please note:

Usually the federal state scholarship is awarded for two years. In a few cases an application for additional monthly stipends is granted, but the number of months granted never exceeds 36 months in total. Please note that an application for funding in addition to the customary 24 months requires a special justification. If e.g. your doctoral research project has been impaired because of measures to combat the COVID pandemic you may explain this in your application.

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.

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

Please note that we do not accept incomplete applications.

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 circumstances.

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 Scholarships send an e-mail to consulting@gz.uni-kiel.de.