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Referentin Internationale Forschung / Wissenschaftlermobilität

Universitätsring 19/20
06108 Halle (Saale)

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
International Office
D-06099 Halle (Saale)

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How can I fund my doctorate at MLU?

What are the financing options for your living expenses whilst doing your doctorate at the Martin Luther University?

Scholarships from your native country

Some countries, e.g. Brazil, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iraq, have launched their own undergraduate and graduate student scholarship programmes, also known as government grants. Applications must be carried out in the respective country.

Grants from a German funding organization

The scholarship possibilities in Germany are numerous. Most foreign doctoral students come to Germany by means of a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Applications need to be submitted in your native country. Please check with the respective branch office or the appropriate information centre (IC) of the DAAD in your home country.

Employment at the university

Employment at Martin Luther University may take the form of a project position (externally funded project), a budgetary position (funded by the university budget) or by gaining a contract as a research assistant. Please ask your doctoral supervisor if he or she can offer you a job.

Employment at a non-university research institute

In Germany there are four non-university research institutions with numerous research centres located in various places all across Germany. These are:

  • The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG)
  • The Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HFG)
  • The Max Planck Institute (MPS)
  • The Leibniz Association (WGL).

Non-university research institutions do not have the right to award doctorates but provide employment for post-graduate students. The doctorate is accomplished in cooperation with universities, such as Martin Luther University. In Halle, there are 8 non-university research institutions:

Post graduate work in conjunction with a company

Just as non-university research institutions do not have the right to award doctorates, neither do companies. However, companies do often have business interests in particular fields of doctorate work and are therefore also willing to financially support individuals during the doctorate phase. This form of financial support is still relatively rare in Germany. It is best to contact your future PhD supervisor who ideally has established cooperation agreements with companies.

Since 2014, as part of the EU Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020, the EU has been promoting European Industrial Doctorates (EID) as part of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie actions programme. If interested, please contact department 6.1 of the MLU.

Paid work outside the university

A paid job outside of the academic sector can help to pay for the cost of living.

The Career Center at Martin Luther University has an overview of job opportunities in the region and offers workshops and individual support related to job search. They also post a job offer each day here.

Furthermore you can actively search for job vacancies in electronic job portals or by checking the job offers in the newspapers.

After the end of an employment it is usually possible to register as a job seeker and receive unemployment benefits. The contact point for this is the employment agency.

An alternative place to go in Halle in order to register as seeking employment is the Agentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency)   .

Family, partner, personal funds

A doctorate can be financed using personal resources, e.g. with savings or through financial support from a partner or parents.

Scholarship databases and useful links

Research in Germany

Introductory portal to the German research sector, aimed at foreign scholars, multipliers from politics and economics, as well as journalists, etc. Overview of funding opportunities.

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EURAXESS Deutschland    


The National Coordination Point at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is an information and advisory centre for internationally mobile researchers. In addition to information for researchers going abroad, the EURAXESS portal also provides information for researchers who wish to come to Germany.

Since February 2012, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg has been part of the EURAXESS Services Network.

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