More financing options

Apart from full scholarships to support doctoral candidates, there are institutions that will support you - irrespective of whether you are a grant holder - with subsidies towards your expenses for travelling, printing, or taking part in conferences. Other institutions specifically promote women in scientific careers. We have also put together a selection of links to databases where you can search for financing options for your individual project.

Travel expenses

You will find information and links to foundations, funds and associations that grant subsidies or grants towards working as a visiting researcher or towards travel expenses for seminars, conferences etc.

Scholarships independent of subjects

Friedrich Schiller University Jena: ProChance
Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) is committed to the objective of equal opportunities for women and men in science. The objective of programme line A 2 is to enhance the scientific interaction and increase the noticeability and scientific qualification of female scientists at FSU Jena. This objective is attained by providing funding for the participation in scientific events, in which the applicant is a presenting author or leading to the enhancement of the applicant's scientific qualification. Eligible are female doctoral candidates at FSU, as long as they are not employed by a research institution external to the university. Applications may be submitted at any time, but at least six weeks prior to the date of intended utilisation of funding. For more information, click here.

German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service offers travel grants for conferences and more. For more information, click here.

Dr. Jost-Henkel-Stiftung
Among other forms of research funding, the Dr. Jost Henkel Foundation provides one-time payments, such as travel grants for doctoral candidates of all fields. More information in German is available here.

Fazit Stiftung
The Fazit Stiftung offers travel grants for doctoral candidates. For more information, click here.

Minerva Stiftung
Minerva Short-Term Research Grants are available for all subject areas and are open to applicants from all research facilities (in Israel - public or governmental research institutes) and universities in Germany and Israel. Applicants should not be older than 38 years. For more information, click here.

Subject-specific scholarships

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (B.I.F.)
The B.I.F. award travel grants for junior researchers pursuing experimental projects in basic biomedical research. Travel grants are awarded for short-term visits of up to 3 months. The B.I.F. do not support attendance of conferences, symposia and workshops without practical training. Further information you can find here.

Christoph-Dornier-Stiftung
This foundation provides funding for junior researchers in the area of clinical psychology, such as grants for research trips abroad or travel to conferences. For more information in German, click here.

Max-Weber-Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (DGIA)
Once a year the Max Weber Foundation offers Gerald D. Feldman travel grants to German academics with support of the Peters-Beer-Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The travel support aims to improve the professional opportunities for outstanding, internationally orientated humanities academics. Further information you can find here.

Weichmann-Stiftung
This foundation funds research on political exile. It offers grants to fund trips to archives for doctoral candidates whose dissertation project is already in an advanced state of completion. For more information in German, click here.

Publication Grants

Here is a list of links to foundations and organizations which offer publication grants for your dissertation or postdoctoral thesis.

Scholarships independent of subjects

Friedrich Schiller University: promotion of interdisciplinary publications
The Graduate Academy supports young researchers of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena with the promotion of interdisciplinary publications. Further information can be found here.

Deutscher Akademikerinnenbund
The grants committee of the Deutscher Akademikerinnenbund (German Female Academics' Alliance) accepts applications for publication subsidies from female academics of all fields of study. The committee awards grants for academic publications done at a German publishing house (up to 500 euros) and also offers female academics the opportunity to have their dissertation published in the alliance's own series at the LIT Verlag (Münster/ Hamburg/ London) (without publication subsidies). For more information in German, click here.

FAZIT-Stiftung
This foundation offers publication grants for the mandatory copies of your dissertation or postdoctoral thesis if you have no chances of receiving funding from another source. In addition, you can also request a list of publishers which print dissertations for a relatively low price. More information in German is available here.

Gerda Weiler Stiftung
The Gerda Weiler Foundation provides funding for feminist women's studies. It awards publication grants for research projects which fulfill the criteria of the foundation and which would otherwise not be published due to insufficient funding. Work in the following research areas is eligible for funding: anthropology, biology, history, art, medicine, music, philosophy, religion, social sciences, spirituality, and linguistics and literary studies. For more information in German, click here.

VG Wort
The endowment fund of the German copyright collection society VG Wort provides funding for science and research, particularly through grants for the initial publication of academic monographs which would otherwise not be published due to their high degree of specialization and small print run. A committee composed equally of publishers and researchers uses strictly academic criteria to decide whether a publication can receive funding and if so how much. For more information in German, click here.

Subject-specific scholarships

DZ Bank Stiftung
The DZ BANK Foundation provides funding for outstanding academic projects with direct relevance for cooperatives and banking. Publication grants are among the possible forms of funding. For more information, click here.

Franz-und-Eva-Rutzen-Stiftung
This foundation promotes scholarship and research in the area of archaeology. It provides support for publications and awards publication grants. More information in German is available here.

Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim - Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften
This foundation awards publication grants for scholarly publications in the humanities which have some connection to the German-speaking world in the broadest sense. The foundation only provides publication grants for dissertations which received a grade of summa cum laude or magna cum laude. Further information in German is available here.

Georg Strecker Stiftung
The Georg Strecker Stiftung is dedicated to promoting theological scholarship and the field of theology. Among other forms of support, it offers publication grants for above-average academic achievements. More information in German is available here.

Johanna und Fritz Buch Stiftung
The Johanna and Fritz Buch Foundation awards publication grants for dissertations and postdoctoral research projects in the humanities, the social sciences, and law. The foundation has no website of its own. Applications are to be directed postally at: Johanna und Fritz Buch Gedächnisstiftung, c/o Notariat Bergstraße, Dr. Axel Pfeifer, Bergstraße 11, 20095 Hamburg.

Studienstiftung ius vivum
This academic foundation provides rapid and unbureaucratic funding for academic work. Among other forms of funding, the foundation also awards publication grants. Further information in German is available here.

Funding for Conferences

This page provides information on and links to foundations, endowment funds, and other organizations which offer funding for Conferences.

Scholarships independent of subjects

Friedrich Schiller University: promotion of interdisciplinary events
The Graduate Academy supports young researchers of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena with the organisation and the implementation of interdisciplinary events. Further information can be found here.

Ernst Abbe foundation
The Ernst Abbe foundation promotes projects which are predominantly located at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. For more information, click here.

European Science Foundation
The European Science Foundation funds conferences which transcend the boundaries of generations and disciplines. The foundation aims to establish long-term partnerships with research institutions. Details are available here.

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation provides funding for small-scale conferences which deal with interdisciplinary issues or bring together international experts on a particular topic. For more information, click here.

ProChance - Programme for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Science
The programme supports scientific activities and qualification of female scientists. For detailed information about the programme, click here.

VolkswagenStiftung
The Volkswagen Foundation funds small-scale, interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, or workshops focusing on innovative topics. More information is available here.

Subject-specific scholarships

DZ-Bank
This foundation supports conferences on topics with direct relevance for cooperatives and banking. More information is available here.

Fonds der chemischen Industrie
The endowment fund of the German chemical industry funds selected international conferences in Germany. The organizers of the conferences can also apply for travel stipends for international participants. For more information in German, click here.

Franz und Eva Rutzen-Stiftung
This foundation provides support for conferences, particularly in the area of archaeology. More information in German is available here.

Financial support for women

Only few foundations focus primarily on promoting young female researchers. However, most DFG programmes include measures that aim at establishing equal opportunities, such as the extension option for scholarships granted to parents or financial support for childcare.

Below you will find a number of foundations that support women. The Friedrich Schiller University of Jena also has its own programme to promote women in science. For more information on doing a doctorate with children, click here.

Funding opportunities of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

ProChance - Programme for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Science
Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) is committed to the objective of equal opportunities for women and men in science. While the situation at FSU has been improved through comprehensive efforts in the past, real equality of opportunities has yet to be attained.
FSU will therefore continue the 'ProChance' programme commenced in 2008. The programme supports scientific activities and qualification of female scientists.

For detailed information about the programme, click here.

Further funding opportunities for women

Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation
The Foundation promotes talented female researchers with children and is particularly aimed at postgraduate and postdoctoral students of experimental natural sciences or medicine. For more information, click here.

Deutscher Akademikerinnen Bund e. V.
Female academics of all subject fields are supported, especially with regard to publications and achievements, by the provision of awards. The association provides support without consideration for politics, religion, nationality or age. Female students are also invited to apply for support. For more information, click here.

International UNESCO-L'Oréal scholarships: "For Women in Science"
The scholarships are awarded once per year to 15 highly qualified researchers of the life sciences (biology, medicine, pharmacy, physiology, agriculture sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry) from all around the world. For more information, click here.

UNESCO-L'Oréal promotional programme for researchers with children
Every year, the UNESCO-L'Oréal Support Programme in Germany supports three outstanding female PhD candidates with children. The programm is for young scientists in experimental life sciences or medicine. The yearly support amounts to max. 20000 EUR for each PhD candidate. For more information, click here.

Databases

Most databases that will help you find full scholarships will also contain information on where to apply for one-off subsidies. Two databases even provide an option to search explicitly for additional financing options for doctoral candidates:

Servicestelle für Elektronische Forschungsförderinformationen (ELFI)
This database is run by the "Service Centre for Electronic Information on the Promotion of Research" (Servicestelle für Elektronische Forschungsförderinformationen). You can run a dedicated search for additional allowances, such as subsidies towards printing, travel or organising conferences.

Stipendienlotse des BMBF
The "Scholarship Pilot" (Stipendienlotse) is run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and provides an option to search for "Costs of material and travel".