Doctoral Scholarships funded by the B. Braun Melsungen AG

The University of Kassel, the Kassel School of Art and Design and the B. Braun Melsungen AG share the idea of promoting academics and art in Northern Hesse in a rootedness with the region and therefore supporting the region's economy and culture.

The parties have agreed to establish a programme under the name of the Otto-Braun Fund in 1989 that financially promotes young academics in the areas of the natural and technical sciences, the humanities, social sciences and business sciences, as well as young artistic talent.

Target group

Doctoral candidates of the University of Kassel who have already been accepted by the responsible PhD committee as doctoral candidates or have submitted an application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate at the doctoral office are eligible to apply for a doctoral scholarship.

The age limit for the first-time award of a doctoral scholarship is generally 35 years. Each child raises the age limit by one year. Vocational training or a second-chance education before the start of studies raises the age limit by this time period for a maximum of three years.

Amount of the scholarships

The doctoral scholarship amounts to 1,300 euros per month for the term of 24 months, with a maximum of 36 months.

Scholarship holders can claim a monthly childcare allowance with a maximum 200 euros for their children if they provide evidence of the childcare costs.

The possible earnings in addition to the doctoral scholarship through academic or specialised activities are limited to a maximum of 6,000 euros per year.

Annual grant for an active participation in a conference

Within the scope of the doctoral scholarship, it is possible to receive an annual grant of up to 500 euros for an active participation in a congress or conference with a lecture or poster session when proof of the costs is submitted to the Office for Strategic Research Funding and Promotion of Young Academic Talent.


The awarding of doctoral scholarships from the Otto-Braun Fund is generally for two years.

In individual cases, the scholarship can be extended by one more year.

In the case of childbirth, it is possible to submit an application for extending the doctoral scholarship by six months.

Selection procedure

The board of trustees decides on the quality and prospects of success. The biographies of the applicants provide important indications on the prospects of success. In addition, the explanation of how the project's content is relevant to B. Braun's topics can be assigned a further importance in the selection of the scholarships.

Application documents

The application should be sent in electronic form per email to: The following documents must be included in the application in German or English (PDF file):

  • The online registration form available at
  • A brief cover letter (max. one page)
  • A generally understandable summary of the dissertation project (max. one page)
  • The exposé, including a work plan and schedule (total of max. eight pages)
  • Letter of support by the supervisor with original signature (the letter explains the research context into which the respective project can be classified and gives an opinion about the person who is to be funded. It is expected that the statement emphasises the candidate's special aptitude for academic work. This letter of support should also contain clear statements on the special academic quality and
    innovation of the dissertation project)
  • A CV in tabular form
  • The university transcripts, including one copy of the Abitur certificate
  • Proof of the candidate's income
  • Certification of acceptance as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kassel



Reporting Obligation

With the receipt of the funding, the scholarship holders commit to submit the current status of the work and/or its results to the B. Braun Melsungen AG after one year and upon conclusion of the funding period, as well as participating in the public relations work for the Otto-Braun Fund.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021.

Statutory framework

Agreement between the B. Braun Melsungen AG and the University of Kassel
for the funding of young academic and artistic talent at the University of Kassel in the form of the Otto-Braun Fund.