Internal scholarship applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 31st, annually

External funding applicants
Deadlines vary


BIGS-DR coordination team
Dr. Günther Manske
Max Voit


External funding

Online registration for external funding applicants: open

External funding applicants have to register online and submit a complete application as well. In addition they have to apply for scholarships independently or provide information on how they are planning to fund their studies at BIGS-DR. A conditional letter of acceptance can only be issued after a positive review of a complete application by BIGS-DR. Please note that our review process for candidates applying with external funding is thorough and can take up to three months. The conditional letter of acceptance can be used to finalize the scholarship applications of the applicant at the end of the process. Final admission is only granted to applicants which secured sufficient funds.

Please remember: 

  • External funding applicants have to submit several applications at the same time: to our program and to prospective scholarship providers. Timing your application carefully is therefore most important if you apply as an external funding applicant. It is especially important to provide BIGS-DR with all deadlines set by the scholarship providers. We cannot issue a conditional letter of acceptance in time, if we are not being made aware deadlines by the BIGS-DR applicant at the time of application.
  • External funding applications are always considered for the next possible intake based on supervision capabilities. That can mean for the upcoming academic year or the next academic year. That determination is being made during the review process.
  • External funding applicants need to secure sufficient funds for both their living cost and research cost while studying at BIGS-DR.

Types of external funding

DAAD and Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarships

Other sponors

Vacancies at ZEF

Independent & self-funded