DBU Doctoral 2013 Scholarships for International Students in Germany
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German Federal Foundation for the Environment granted Doctoral Scholarships in the field of Environmental Protection for International Students at German Universities. Full scholarship details:

School:German Universities /Germany

Level:Doctoral Research

Field(s): Environmental Protection

Deadline:15 January 2013 and 15 February 2013

Funded by: German Federal Foundation for the Environment

Beneficiaries:Scholarship is open to International Students


  • There are about 60 Scholarships awards are offered and the scholarship benefits stays for 3 years.
  • The scholarship amounts to 940.00 EUR per month, and is paid for a maximum of 3 years.
  • In addition to the grant, a monthly standard allowance of 210.00 EUR is available for material and travel expenses.
  • Other Benefits:The child allowance amounts to 200.00 EUR for the first child and another 150.00 EUR for the second and every further child.
  • Instead of the child allowance, scholarship holders with children can opt to have their scholarship extended by a max. of 6 months.
  • In special cases (e.g. birth and the period after birth, child sickness), scholarship holders with a child to look after can apply for family leave, during which the DBU scholarship is suspended. This family leave is limited to a max. of 12 months per child.


The DBU grants

  • 60 dissertation fellowships per year,
  • for young scientists of all disciplines,
  • for advanced research work in the field of environmental protection.
  • Entitled to apply are highly qualified young scientists who work on research subjects with a clear relation to current environmental issues and who contribute to solving these issues through their work.


  • Applicant eligible to apply are graduates of higher education institutions with above average examination results who are no older than 28.

  • Academics qualified for doctoral studies and with an above-average degree.
  • A selection committee, composed of professors of different disciplines, 
decides on successful candidates twice a year.

Selection Criteria

  • You have not yet started your doctoral thesis.
  • An institutional support is excluded as also a concentration on a larger range of topics (pooling of individual applications) without prior reconciliation with DBU.
  • Incomplete and late applications (received after the deadline) can not be considered.
  • We clearly welcome subjects of international importance. The work, however, has to be done mainly in Germany, with a clear reference to the German environmental situation.
  • The application must be written in German.
  • We expect good skills of German from foreign applicants to allow their integration into the DBU scholars' network.
  • Besides an above-average degree, the chosen topic is expected to be of high relevance and should contribute to solving problems in environmental and conservation efforts.
  • Generally, all environmental issues are welcome who meet the above-mentioned criteria, i.e. in addition to the natural sciences and engineering, also applications from the social sciences, humanities, economics and law.
  • Interdisciplinary topics that support a sustainable development, are especially welcome.
  • The complexity of environmental problems requires interdisciplinary collaboration between different scientific disciplines.
  • Therefore, DBU would like to support young researchers with its scholarship programme with as many different environmental issues and in various fields.
  • In terms of this target range of themes, DBU expects that each workgroup and/or scientific supervisor submits not more than one application per selection round.
  • The DBU attaches great importance to a transparent work plan and timetable, which, together with the tutor's statement, clearly show that the work can be completed in a period of up to three years.
  • The refusal of an application excludes from further attempts.

Scholarship Application Method

  • Apply through online

For more Information about DBU Doctoral Scholarships Programme

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