University of Würzburg Graduate Schools


    DAAD STIBET - Support for Doctoral Researchers

    The "University of Würzburg Graduate Schools" co-ordinates the distribution of DAAD funds through the STIBET program „Betreuungsmaßnahmen für ausländische Doktoranden und Postdoktoranden" at the University of Würzburg. That support is only available for members of the University of Würzburg.


    New funding (12.000 €) will become available starting January 2022.

    Applications may be filed in September 2021 at the earliest.


    Introductory Remarks

    • Fellowships are only available for non-German doctoral researchers already working at the University of Würzburg at the time of application ("Abschlussbeihilfen") or for international doctoral researchers from cooperating/partner institutions abroad who want to come to JMU for a short term research stay
    • Fellowships can start any time throughout the year
    • Incoming applications will be evaluated usually within 4 weeks.
    • Before an application, please inquire about the current funding situation, eligibility issues and what to consider regarding the content of the application

    Description of the two types of fellowships available


    • Purpose: Finishing a delayed JMU doctoral thesis project ("emergency case")
    • Maximum duration 3 months, maximum amount 1200 €/month
    • Less can be applied for, however at least 2 months and 250 €/month
    • Applications must explain/document the following:
      a) good performance of the candidate
      b) doctoral candidate is not responsible for the delay in finishing the thesis project
      c) funding is not possible from the research group's or institute's resources
      d) thesis defence must be reasonably planned to happen within one year after the start of the fellowship at the latest
      e) the time plan provided in the project description (see below) should end with the submission of the thesis, as this is the usual endpoint up which funding can be granted

    "Kontaktstipendien" (only second priority after “Abschlußbeihilfen”)

    • Purpose: Funding of research stays of non-German doctoral candidates from cooperating research groups / partner universities abroad
    • In case of limited funds, "Kontakstipendien" have lower priority than "Abschlussbeihilfen"
    • Duration: min 1 month, max. 6 months, maximum amount 1200 €/month
    • Less can be applied for, however at least 250 € for 1 month
    • Applications must explain/document the following:
      a) good performance of the candidate and match to collaborative/partnership objectives
      b) any relevant proof of cooperation/partnership

    Application Constraints

    • Applications can be filed by any member of the University of Würzburg who supervises doctoral researchers; affiliation with a Graduate School is not necessary (neither PI nor doctoral candidate)
    • Candidates receiving other publicly funded fellowships -from Germany or from abroad- serving the same purpose at the same time are not eligible and other types of income may reduce the fellowship payed
    • Decisions about fellowships are made by a panel of reviewers derived from the UWGS
    • Decisions are not contestable

    The Application Comprises

    • The Application Form:  Download, open with Acrobat Reader and fill in. Don't forget signatures! 
    • The application letter by the supervisor at JMU
    • One additional letter,  recommending the candidate, written by some other PI who knows the candidate (1 page)
    • A concise project description (contents, objectives, schedule/milestones; max. 2 pages), which must be written by the prospective fellow. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact schroeder-koehne@uni-wuerzburg.de, phone 31-86068, to inquire about details and to get advice
    • Candidate’s CV
    • Certificate of enrollment in a doctoral study program, University of Würzburg ("Abschlusseihilfen") or university abroad ("Kontaktstipendien")
    • Evidence of candidate's prior performance: diplomas, publications (references only!), any other document that may support the application; wherever possible in form of a concise list!
    • Please send the application in one PDF file to schroeder-koehne@uni-wuerzburg.de
      The date of the email is decisive for meeting any potential deadline.
    • In addition, please send one copy of the application application in paper with original signatures to: Universität Würzburg, UWGS, Beatrice-Edgell-Weg 21, 97074 Würzburg;
    • In case of questions please contact: Stephan Schröder-Köhne, Phone 31-86068, schroeder-koehne@uni-wuerzburg.de