You need sufficient financial resources for the whole doctoral program period of three years. You have different options, and depending on your choice different application documents and procedures are required:
ZEF accepts qualified participants with funds of their own or stipends from third parties, such as governments or international sponsors. You need approximately 900 Euros per month for a decent living in Germany. Currently, ZEF raises no tuition for the program, but adequate research funds of up to 20,000 Euros must be secured. If you plan to study with own funds or you already have a scholarship award, you may submit an application at any time. In such a case, you have to submit a complete application (No. 1 - 11 on the list of required application documents).
If you do not have sufficient financial funds of your own or a scholarship award yet, you have to apply for a scholarship/stipend. Options for scholarships depend on your origin, discipline and research area:
Scholarships directly available at ZEF:
- Candidates from developing countries can apply for a scholarship provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). A number of these DAAD scholarships are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and directly available at ZEF. For these scholarships, at least two years of relevant professional experience is required. If you apply for such a scholarship, you have to submit the application documents 1 to 12, except No.11 from the list of required application documents directly to ZEF. The deadline for such an application is August 31, every year, for the intake in October of the following year.
- You can also apply for a PhD position in one of ZEF's projects. In this case, the topic, region and discipline of the research is given by the project. You can only apply for vacancies announced on ZEF's website (look under SERVICES/ VACANCIES). If you apply for such a scholarship, you have to submit the application documents 1 to 10 directly to ZEF (click here for the list of required application documents).
Scholarships not directly available at ZEF:
- The German Ministry of External Affairs has also bilateral agreements with many countries (not only developing countries) on DAAD scholarships. One type of these DAAD scholarships, the so called "Government Scholarships", are co-financed and have specific requirements. These DAAD scholarships are especially interesting for candidates from countries, which are not officially considered as developing countries, such as the GUS, Central Asian and European states. If you want to apply for such a scholarship, first you have to be accepted by the ZEF doctoral program and have been provided a supervisor. Then, you can submit your application for a DAAD-scholarship to a German embassy or DAAD office in your home country. Please ask the German embassy in your country for details and the deadline for applications. You may submit an application for a supervisor at any time to ZEF (click here for the list of required application documents. Here application documents No. 1 to 10 are needed). Please have in mind that we need at least 4 weeks to decide upon your supervision.
- You can also apply for a scholarship from any other foundation and sponsor. The procedure is the same as above: you have to be accepted by the doctoral program at ZEF and provided with a supervisor first before you can apply for a scholarship. You may submit an application (click here for the list of required application documents. Here application documents No. 1 to 10 are needed) for a supervisor at any time. Please have in mind that we need at least 4 weeks to decide upon your supervision. Please indicate to which sponsor / foundation you want to apply.