Cost of living

BIGS-DR raises no tuition fees. However, there is semester fee of around 290 EUR per term at the University of Bonn. The semester fee includes unlimited use of the public transportation in the region, and grants students reduced fares around the city. The following price list gives a rough estimate of the living expenses per month for a student in Bonn.

 

 Living expenses per month

Health insurance50-150 EUR
Housing300-400 EUR
Food250-300 EUR
Clothes, etc.80-100 EUR
Books, etc.50 EUR
Entertainment100 EUR
Total
830-1100 EUR

 

Depending on individual lifestyles, the average monthly living expenses should come out to around 900 EUR per month. In addition to the cost of living in Bonn, applicants will need to secure or propose how they will obtain adequate research costs for their planned field research. The funds you need to secure for your research will vary from project to project, which can range from 5,000 to 20,000 EUR.

Admission to BIGS-DR does not guarantee a scholarship. There are a number of different scholarship possibilities, and just a few of the options are listed below. Also listed below are several online databases that help students find the right scholarship option for their field.

Funding options

Scholarships via BIGS-DR (deadline: August 31st annually)

Candidates from developing countries and emerging economies (list of eligible countries) can apply for a scholarship provided by the Development-Related Postgraduate Course program (EPOS) of 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 available via BIGS-DR. Please see the list of required application documents. The application deadline is August 31st every year, for the intake in October of the subsequent year.

Applicants with a citizenship from a developing country or emerging economy can apply for a DAAD scholarship directly from ZEF. You have to submit a DAAD application form which can be downloaded here, from the DAAD home page, the German embassies, or DAAD offices worldwide.

  • A prerequisite for applying for this DAAD scholarship is having at least two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Only applicants who have not lived in Germany yet or have been a resident in Germany for less than 15 months at the time of application can apply for this DAAD scholarship.
  • When filling in the DAAD form, select "Scholarship for a postgraduate course with relevance to developing countries".
  • Please make sure that you send one copy of the DAAD scholarship form and one copy of the BIGS-DR application form to BIGS-DR. It is not necessary to send additional copies to DAAD.

Special prerequisites and requirements for DAAD scholarship applicants from China:

Applications from China must be submitted via the Academic Evaluation Centre of the German Embassy in Beijing, where the academic certificates have to be verified.

Other DAAD/Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarships (deadline: varies)

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has bilateral agreements with many countries for DAAD scholarships or "government scholarships". These DAAD scholarships may be of interest for candidates from countries which are not officially considered developing countries, such as the CIS and Europe. Typically, applicants should aim to apply simultaneously for scholarships and for the doctoral program. The University of Bonn may issue a conditional letter of acceptance to students who require a confirmation from the university in order to grant the scholarship.

Tip: Conditional letters of acceptance can take up to three months to process, so be sure to apply well in advance!

Please ask the German embassy in your country for details and the deadline for applications. With these DAAD scholarships, applicants may submit their application anytime during the open admissions period, which typically lasts from March to September.

Other sponsors (deadline: varies)

You can also apply for a scholarship from any other foundation or sponsor. The procedure is the same as above. Applicants should apply simultaneously for scholarships and for the doctoral program and provide a copy of the scholarship information to BIGS-DR. Be sure to indicate in your application (motivation letter or attachment) if the foundation or sponsor has a deadline. The University of Bonn may issue a conditional letter of acceptance to students who require a confirmation from the university in order to grant the scholarship.

Tip: Conditional letters of acceptance can take up to three months to process, so be sure to apply well in advance!

With this type of funding, applicants may submit their application anytime during the open admissions period, which typically lasts from March to September. In your application documents, please include:

  • A letter of award from the foundation or sponsor, or
  • Information about the foundation or sponsor for which you have already applied, or contact that you have made. Information should include: amount of funding, duration of funding, expense breakdown, the application deadline, and any further information that details the foundation.

Vacancies at ZEF (deadline: varies)

You may also apply for a vacancy for a doctoral position in one of ZEF's projects. In this case, the topic, region, and discipline of the research are set by the project. You can apply only for vacancies announced on ZEF's website. Please apply first for the project vacancy with the contact person listed on the posting, and then submit your BIGS-DR application documents to docp.zef(@)uni-bonn.de. The deadlines are mentioned in the respective vacancies. With this type of funding, applicants may submit their application anytime during the open admissions period, which typically lasts from March to September.

Independent/self-funding (deadline: varies)

BIGS-DR will also considers qualified candidates with funds of their own. If you plan to study with your own funds, please submit your application documents according to the list of required application documents. A conditional letter of support will be issued once your application has been reviewed by our Selection Committee.

Tip: Conditional letters of acceptance can take up to three months to process, so be sure to apply well in advance!

With this type of funding, applicants may submit their application anytime during the open admissions period, which typically lasts from March to September. Please note:

  • Proof of self-funding can be determined by including a bank statement in your application that covers the entire duration of your studies. This includes expenditure that you may incur during your planned field research.

Contact

BIGS-DR coordination team

Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin

Email: docp.zef(@)uni-bonn.de

Address

BIGS-DR
Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn
Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 73 1792

Fax +49 (0)228 73 1839