Doctoral Scholarships at the University Kassel

The University of Kassel awards scholarships to Ph.D. candidates and scholarships to enable candidates to complete their doctoral thesis in order to encourage young academics. The goal of awarding scholarships to Ph.D. candidates is to support excellent doctoral candidates in all the faculties.

Target group

Ph.D. candidates at the University of Kassel are eligible to apply if they are just about to complete their doctorate.

Amount of the scholarship

The scholarship is worth EUR 1,200 per month. A supplement of EUR 200 per month is possible for candidates who are looking after children.


The scholarship is granted for two years. A third year is possible if an application is made and this is supported by the supervising professor.

Selection procedure

The committee for Ph.D. scholarships makes decisions on awarding the scholarships according to the criteria of academic quality and how likely it is that the Ph.D. project will be successful. The committee consists of the current Vice-President, at least three professors, an academic employee and a representative of the scholarship holders who are currently being supported.

Application documents

Applications must be sent electronically by e-mail to: The following documents in German or in English must be submitted in collated form in one PDF file in the order mentioned below:

  • a brief letter (max. one page),

  • a generally comprehensible summary of the Ph.D. project (max. one page),

  • the outline (max. eight pages in all; the outline should mention the current state of research and any preliminary work, goals and issues, methods, the envisaged academic contribution, the work plan and timetable, if relevant),

  • a CV in tabular form,

  • one copy of higher education qualifications,

  • written confirmation of acceptance as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kassel (this can be submitted later if at least confirmation that the doctoral office has received an application for acceptance as a Ph.D. candidate is attached to the application).


The committee for Ph.D. scholarships must request an assessment by the supervisor and another independent assessment from the dean’s office in the relevant faculty.

Application deadline:  November 1, 2020

Please note the following statues that include all details concerning the scholarships.