Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Are you working on an innovative and convincing research project and have already been accepted for a PhD at a German university? Then apply for a scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. In addition to material support, the scholarships also provide wide-ranging non-material support.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • currently working on a meaningful research project
  • social and liberal-minded problem awareness and engagement are desirable
  • law students can only apply for a doctoral scholarship if they have already completed or will only begin their legal clerkship upon completion of their PhD
  • there are no age or subject restrictions apart from the following: doctoral students in the fields of human medicine and dentistry are not permitted to apply; funding is not provided for postdoctoral programmes, postgraduate courses or PhDs in the final phase 

What form does funding take?

The main scholarship benefits are as follows:

  • a basic stipend of 1,200 euros per month is paid, plus health insurance
  • funding is provided for a maximum period of two years and can be extended by two further periods of six months upon application
  • workshops, training courses and seminars are provided in relevant academic and competence-based areas such as academic writing, presentation of academic results, career planning and crisis management
  • academic and personal support throughout the doctoral programme

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: > PhD scholarships (in German only)