External funding for doctoral students


Students of one of the doctoral programmes at the Hertie School benefit from generous funding through PHD GLOBAL at different stages of their PhD. Here are some examples of its measures:

Before the start of the programme

  • Presentation of our programme at Study Fairs abroad
  • Pre-programme visits: International applicants are invited to a campus tour and talks with the potential supervisor and current PhD students
  • Support in applying for external scholarships

During your studies

  • German courses for international PhD students
  • Funding for trips abroad: conferences, research visits, field research, workshops, summer schools (see below)
  • Professional skillls workshops such as presentation skills, academic writing, and project management
  • Career events that strengthen your international profile
  • International PhD conferences
  • Exchange with visiting PhD students from abroad


Travel funding

Attending conferences, workshops, winter and summer schools or traveling to collect data are important parts of working on a PhD thesis. The Hertie School of Governance is able to provide limited support for such travel. Hertie School PhD students who travel abroad to collect data, to present their research at conferences, to receive methods training or to spend time as a visiting PhD student at other research institutions, may apply for travel grants through the PHD GLOBAL project, 

All doctoral candidates enrolled at the Hertie School - both in the BTS and in the Doctoral Programme in Governance - may apply for this funding. Decisions are taken every two months.

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DAAD Stipends for non-German doctoral students

Letters of eligibility for DAAD applications

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers stipends to non-German students. The deadline for an application to the DAAD depends on the country of origin. Please check the DAAD website for the deadline that applies to you. It also explains the application procedure.

For the DAAD application, the Hertie School needs to confirm that you are eligible for the School’s doctoral programme. Please note that the DAAD does not require a confirmed PhD supervisor for a structured doctoral programme such as the Doctoral Programme in Governance at the Hertie School, but only a Letter of Eligibility.

If you need a Letter of Eligibility from the Hertie School, please send the short version of your PhD application to phd-applications[at]hertie-school[dot]org including:

  • Transcripts and certificates of all acquired university degrees
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Short research proposal (minimum 3 pages) 
  • English proficiency proof (TOEFL IBT 100, PBT 600, CBT 250; Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE C, CAE B; or IELTS overall 7.0 incl. writing score 7.0)
  • Please indicate the deadline for DAAD applications in your country of origin and make sure that you submit your short application at least two weeks before the deadline.

Please note that you need to also submit your full PhD application to the Hertie School application portal. We recommend that you submit your application early, before the end of the year, as the DAAD usually hopes for an early admission decision. The Hertie School needs your full PhD application documents to decide on your admission as your scholarship application to the DAAD and your application to the Hertie School doctoral programme are two separate processes. 

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