Programme Description

The Foundation, which is affiliated with the political party 'Christian Social Union' (CSU), sponsors highly-qualified doctoral candidates either from EU-member states or with the legal status of German educational nationals (as per BAföG § 8). Applicants from all disciplines completing promising doctoral theses at a higher-education institution in Germany are welcome to apply. The support aims at helping the scholars become technically competent and responsible citizens who uphold Christian social values and co-operate actively in forming and strengthening Germany's liberal and democratic constitutional order.

Independent of income, scholarship holders are granted a monthly sum of EUR 1,350 plus a research cost allowance of EUR 100 as well as child- and family allowances, if necessary. The scholarship also entails comprehensive non-material support.

Target Group

highly-qualified doctoral candidates with the legal status of German educational nationals (as per BAföG § 8) of any subject area who are regularly enrolled at a state or state-recognised higher-education institution. Applicants propose a thesis that shows promise for excellence in their field of research. They furthermore demonstrate unusual potential for contributing to research as well as personal integrity.

Academic Requirements

admission to post-graduate studies (certificate of higher-education degree required) at a state or state-recognized higher-education institution in Germany with proof of first deliverables of the project or at least after completion of literature research


The scholarship is initially granted for one year with the option to renewal if applied for. An assessment of academic achievement will take place before the award. The sponsorship ends after two years. Under extraordinary circumstances the scholarship may be extended twice for six months at a time.

Scholarship Value

  • EUR 1,350 per month plus a research cost allowance of EUR 100 and family- and child allowances, if necessary
  • non-material support in the form of, i.e., seminars, events and networking meetings

Application Papers

application forms and further information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

15 January and 15 July of each year

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