STIBET Degree Completion Support

DAAD STIBET Degree Completion Support:


Eligible international PhD candidates have to be in their final phase of graduation, which means an expected submission within a year.


  • PhD candidates need to be foreign students, i.e. holding an university entrance qualification from abroad and have a foreign nationality
  • Financial need
  • The submission of the thesis should be expected within a year
  • Good academic achievements
  • Acceptance as a doctoral candidate by the PhD Committee of Kassel University

Financial Support:

  • 800 € per month for a maximum of 6 months
  • PhD students with children receive further support (100 € per child for up to three children)
  • Funding is possible until month of submission of thesis according to work plan

Application Documents:

  • Letter of motivation (including a timeline, work plan, and a statement of the intended duration of the financial assistance)
  • Description of the PhD project (max. 1 page) Statement from your doctoral adviser concerning the state of the project
  • Curriculum Vitae A copy of the agenda of supervision
  • Copy of PhD acceptance letter of the University of Kassel
  • Completed attachment

Please explain the suggested start and end date of your financing period in your application.

Applications can be submitted in either German or English by email.

Selection process:

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline has expired and evaluated by a selection committee. The selection committee consists of representatives from different faculties. The candidates are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Financial need (double weighting)
  • The study progress (double weighting)
  • Description of the PhD project (simple weighting)
  • Performance appraisal evaluation of the doctoral advisor (simple weighting)

All applicants will receive feedback at the latest six weeks after the application deadline.

Upon the completion of your project, the Department of Internationalisation and International Cooperation requests an immediate notification.

Deadline: next Call for Applications: spring 2021

Dr. Constanze Engel / Katharina Grede (student assistant)
Dpt. Development Planning
Div. Internationalisation and International Cooperations
University of Kassel