Funding Organisations: PhD Students

Here you find German funding organisations providing funding for PhD students.


More than two-thirds of the annual funds invested in research come from industry. Companies either conduct research themselves or collaborate with research partners. (Junior) researchers are supported not only with job offers, but also with scholarships and prizes from corporate foundations. More Companies

European Union

The EU is funding research in a variety of ways through Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. These measures do not only include support for basic and applied research, but also funding programmes for collaboration and exchange in higher education. More European Union

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports internationally networked, application-oriented research and is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe. More Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers More German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG is the central research funding organisation in Germany. It supports research projects and funds cooperation between researchers – also at an international level. More German Research Foundation (DFG)

Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association is the largest German research organisation. It offers several opportunities for young researchers. More Helmholtz Association


The Leibniz Association brings together 88 research institutions working in many different disciplines. It offers many interesting opportunities for doctoral students and senior researchers. More Leibniz-Association

Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent non-profit research organisation. It also has a duty to support young researchers. More Max Planck Society


Thirteen organisations that work nationwide have come together to form StipendiumPlus under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They support outstanding undergraduate and doctoral students. More StipendiumPlus