Completion Scholarships of the University of Kassel


1 May 2024

start of funding:

1 October 2024

reference: 37022

Only the German version of this call for submissions is legally binding.

The University of Kassel is seeking applications for as many as four scholarships to enable doctoral candidates to complete their doctoral thesis in order to promote projects that are well advanced at the University of Kassel.

Target group

Doctoral candidates at the University of Kassel are eligible to apply if they are just about to complete their doctorate.

Amount of the scholarship

The scholarship is worth EUR 1,300 per month. A supplement of EUR 200 per month is possible for candidates who are looking after children.


The scholarship is granted for up to 12 months. The main goal of a completion scholarship is to ensure that candidates conclude the process and submit their paper during the funding period. As a rule, the funding period is 1 October 2024 up to 30 September 2025.

Selection procedure

The committee for doctoral scholarships makes decisions on awarding the scholarships according to how likely it is that the doctoral thesis will be successfully submitted within the period that has been requested. The aim of compensating for any disadvantages that occur for doctoral candidates should also apply. The criteria for compensating for any disadvantages that occur include special burdens, such as those caused by taking care of children, one´s own chronic illness or serious illness or disability. Compensation for disadvantages must not have already taken place through similar funding instruments of the university.

The committee for doctoral scholarships consists of the current Vice-President, at least three professors and an academic employee.

Application documents

The application is made electronically. The following documents in German or in English must be submitted in collated form in one PDF file (exclusion criterion) in the order mentioned below:

  • a brief letter, including an explanation why compensation for any disadvantages should be granted (max. one page),
  • a generally comprehensible summary of the doctoral project (max. one page),
  • the outline (max. eight pages in all; the outline should mention the current state of research and any preliminary work, goals and issues, methods, the envisaged academic contribution and the state of the work already completed, including the current work plan and timetable within the funding period mentioned above),
  • a CV in tabular form,
  • one copy of higher education qualifications,
  • Written confirmation of acceptance as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kassel,
  • If relevant, a description of any work performed in your most recent employment relationships, if the compensation for disadvantages is based on pressure connected to tasks that are unrelated to the doctorate.

The committee for doctoral scholarships must request an assessment by the supervisor from the dean’s office in the relevant faculty.

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2024.

Contact details University of Kassel, Stabsstelle Forschungs- und Graduiertenförderung, Mönchebergstr. 19, 34109 Kassel, stipendium@uni-kassel.de, Phone 0561 804-7742 or -2263. Website: http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/completion-scholarship

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