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Pursuant to the Berlin state Act on the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Academic, Scientific and Artistic Fields (Gesetz zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses), scholarships are awarded for doctoral researchers as well as for the completion of dissertations (in the final stages) that are being written at one of the universities in Berlin.

The application platform is now closed. The next deadline will be Friday, 18th of November 2022 (12.00 noon). The application platform opens in October 2022.

Funding Conditions

Applicants must be able to demonstrate performance that far exceeds the average, especially in their undergraduate degrees. There must be reason to expect that applicants’ academic projects will make a significant contribution to the body of research in the field. Applications must be accompanied by documentation of the researchers qualifications, a statement from his or her supervising professor, and a working plan that shows the reasons the applicant has chosen the particular topic, the status of preliminary work on the project, an outline of the research project, and a schedule for the implementation of the project. Applicants must not have already received earlier public funding for the same project.

Application Deadlines

There are two deadlines per year, one in April and one in November. The office will announce the exact deadlines (cutoff dates). Successful applicants begin receiving funding on either April, 1 or July, 1.

Scope of Funding

The scholarship is 1,350 euro per month, plus a lump-sum allowance of 100 euro for the costs of materials. Family allowances and special allowances for travel costs can be granted. Scholarships are initially granted for a period of up to two years. Each applicant is required to submit a report on his or her work and a statement from his or her academic supervisor at the end of the first and second years of the scholarship. Scholarships are granted for a maximum period of three years. Scholarships for completion of the dissertation are granted for a maximum of one year, without any possibility of extension. Grantees are required to devote the vast majority of their time and energies to the work for which they are receiving support.


Scholarships are granted based on the decisions made by the inter-university Commission for the Allocation of Doctoral Grants (Kommission zur Vergabe von Promotionsstipendien), whose members are appointed by the Senator for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality.

Contact Information

Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 16
D-14195 Berlin

Please note that visits to Dahlem Research School are currently not possible. For questions and advice please contact us by email or phone only.

Consultation hours (by phone): Tuesday and Thursday 9.00-12.00! 

Phone: ++49 30 838-52877, -60279

Email: nafoeg-stipendium@zuv.fu-berlin.de
Further information: Hinweise für Gutachterinnen und Gutacher (PDF), Antragsformular, Information Brochure