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

External funding applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 1st, annually


Dr. Silke Tönsjost
Max Voit


External funding

Online registration for external funding applicants: open

External funding applicants have to apply on the application portal as well with a proof of external funding. A conditional letter of acceptance can only be issued after the selection process. Please note that our review process for candidates applying with external funding is thorough and can take up to three months. 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.
  • The deadline for external funding applications is August 1st for the intake in October. 
  • 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