Programme Description

The Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) is one of the foundations for the development of talent which are supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Studienwerk specifically promotes talented Jewish students and doctoral candidates. ELES stands for a pluralistic, liberal and confident Judaism with a sense of its own history.

Technically qualified Jewish doctoral candidates in all disciplines and concentrations (except medicine) are eligible for funding by ELES. Moreover, non-Jewish PhD students are invited to apply, provided that they propose a research project focusing on a Jewish subject.
Candidates are expected to submit an innovative doctoral project of exceptional scientific quality which must be concluded within a range of 3 years and effective academic mentoring which is suitable for the candidate as well as for the project.

In addition to having an outstanding academic record, applicants are actively involved in, i.e., the Jewish community, the social field, youth work, student organisations or their social environment. Furthermore, they should keep in regular contact with the liaison lecturer and actively participate in the scholarship’s non-material services, activities and organisations as well as – after the programme has ended – join and contribute to the alumni network of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.

Target Group

technically qualified Jewish doctoral candidates in all disciplines and concentrations (except medicine) and non-Jewish PhD students who propose a research project focusing on a Jewish subject

Academic Requirements

  • admission to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany or, if the applicant holds German citizenship, in an EU member state or Switzerland
  • In justified cases doctoral programmes at a higher education institution in an extra-European country may be funded.
  • The doctoral scholarship promotes the next generation of academics. The application for a doctoral scholarship should be made in the initial phase of developing the dissertation.

Duration

The doctoral scholarships are generally awarded over a standard period of 2 years. In exceptional cases, however, academics may apply for the funding to be renewed twice for 6 months at a time.

Scholarship Value

  • financial support
  • non-material support
  • religious mentoring
  • comprehensive mentoring of the academics with the aim of promoting academic excellence and fostering personal growth

Application Papers

Please find detailed information on the application procedure here.

Application Deadline

Deadlines for scholarship application are 31 March for admission on 1 October of the same year and 30 September for admission to the programme starting 1 April of the following year.

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