Financing for Your Doctorade

It rarely happens that a doctorate is financed by one, single funding method. Possible funding elements are, for example, employment as a research associate, activities in the context of positions in science management or as a research assistant, doctoral scholarships, partial scholarships for specific phases or projects as well as external funding through employment outside the university.

Most doctoral candidates will have funding from mixed sources during their doctorate, which can change and can also vary depending on the individual situation and personal focus and goals.

In addition to financing the actual doctorate, there are also financial sources for academic publications, the organization of academic events, meetings and conferences as well as stays abroad.


Doctoral candidates can apply for various funding options in the different phases of the doctorate, such as:

    Short-term scholarschips to start your doctorate

    Full doctorate sholarships

    Re-entry scholarship for female researchers

    Funding for stays abroad

    Funding for conference participation abroad (DAAD, Fresarch department)

The Scholarship _Advisory Service is available as a contact for all prospective doctoral candidates. You can find initial information, current openings and tips on the homepage of the Scholarship Advisory Service. In addition, you can arrange for a personal counseling appointment.

Stays Abroad and Travel Expenses

Stays Abroad

When it comes to funding various types of stays abroad (research stays, teaching stays abroad, participation in exchange programs, e.g. ERASMUS+ for doctoral candidates), the International Office is the right contact and you can find information on their homepage.

Travel Allowance for International Conferences

From the budget of the research fund, doctoral candidates can apply for a travel allowance of up to € 500 for participation in international conferences, provided that they are invited to participate with their own lecture or poster.

Organization & Implementation of Academic Events, Conferences and Meetings


TriGUT – Funding for Meetings and Conferences

With its “TriGUT” project, the GUT funds conferences and meetings organized by young academics.

UniGR – Funding for Academic Events

The UniGR supports the organization of academic events with a cross-border character – the format of the academic events can vary from conferences, colloquiums and workshops to summer schools.

Grants for Academic Events

For the preparation and implementation of workshops, meetings and conferences at Trier University, grants of up to € 3,000 per event can be requested from the research fund budget. The funding is advertised separately twice a year with an application deadline for the 1st of April and October. The Presidium will decide where the funding will be awarded.

Academic Publications

GUT Publication Prize

The Graduate Center ot Trier University awards puplication prizes every year as a distinction for outstanding academic publications. Academic publications that have appeared in a specialist journal or anthology over the past two years can be submitted as competition entries. A jury comprising members of the respective faculties (Fachbereiche) evaluates the publications according to research achievement, relevance and originality. Each of the six prizes is remunerated with 500 euros.

Open-Access Fund

With the support of the DFG, doctoral candidates at Trier University also have an open-access publication fund to finance publications in genuine open-access journals.