The MIN Graduate School awards short-term stipends for international doctoral researchers and master students of MIN Faculty who are facing financial difficulties through no fault of their own. The aim of the scholarship is to allow scholarship holders to fully concentrate on their studies/research in the final phase of their master/doctorate or in-between funding gaps within the doctoral research (for doctoral candidates only).
The next deadline to submit applications to MIN Graduate School is 8 March 2021. Scholarships can start from May 2021 onwards.
Funding amount and duration
- The scholarship amounts to 1.000 € per month for international doctoral researchers and 600 € per month for international master students. The payment is due at the beginning of each month.
- Financial support usually covers six months.
- In justified exceptions, the funding period can be extended for another six months. Please already state the entire, realistic extent of required funding in the initial application.
You are eligible for funding if you
- are regularly enrolled at Universität Hamburg and
- have registered your master thesis or have received the admission to your doctoral studies at MIN faculty of Universität Hamburg and
- have obtained a university entrance qualification at a school abroad (including German schools abroad) or have obtained a university entrance qualification at a German Studienkolleg and
- have been forced into financial difficulties through no fault of your own.
Guest researchers and exchange students cannot be considered.
International students and doctoral researchers who are engaged in extracurricular social or political activities in an international context may be preferred.
If the scholarship holder obtains the master or doctoral degree prior to the end of the funding period, he or she must inform MIN graduate school immediately. With the awarding of the degree, the eligibility criteria are no longer fulfilled. Further, funding will not be granted if the applicant receives different funding for the same purpose during same period.
How to apply
Please send the following documents, preferably in one PDF file, to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Application form;
- letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) including information on
- the topic of your master/doctoral thesis, including research objectives during the funding period,
- future career goals (e.g. prospective doctoral project for master students),
- your financial situation;
- detailed schedule of research/study activities during the funding period;
- semester certificate (to be downloaded in STiNe under Studium/Dokumente);
- a letter of recommendation by the supervisor of your thesis (at MIN faculty), in which the expected duration and the prospects of the project’s success are outlined;
- proof of social or political engagement in an international context (if applicable).
We accept applications in both English and German. Please note that the file with your application should not be bigger than 2 MB.
The decision will be made according to the following criteria:
- good to excellent academic performance;
- applicant’s financial situation;
- social and/or political engagement in an international context;
- prospective successful completion of studies/research;
- other verifiable skills and achievements (e.g. lectures, publications, awards).
The selection committee consists of the head and the coordinator of the MIN Graduate School and representatives of the cooperation partners (listed below).
The decision will be communicated per e-mail within six weeks after the deadline.
In a short final report (ca. 400 words), the scholarship holder documents the progress of the research project as well as the added value of the scholarship. Without further request, please submit the report to MIN Graduate School within three weeks of the end of your scholarship period.
The scholarship is awarded once or twice a year in cooperation with the DAAD in the framework of the program STIBET III and the Joachim-Herz-Stiftung, the Carl-Christiansen-Gedächtnis-Stiftung, the Stiftung zur Förderung der naturwissenschaftlich-medizinischen Wissenschaft und Forschung (formerly Leidenberger‐Müller‐Stiftung), and the Stiftung Akademische Auslandsstelle of Universität Hamburg.