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

External funding applicants
Deadlines vary


BIGS-DR coordination team
Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin


Living costs

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
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.