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Berlin Funding for Graduates (Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin)

Pursuant to the Berlin state Act on the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Academic, Scientific and Artistic Fields (Gesetz zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses), scholarships are awarded for doctoral students as well as for the completion of dissertations (in the final stages) that are being written at one of the universities in Berlin.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate performance that far exceeds the average, especially in their undergraduate degrees. There must be reason to expect that applicants’ academic projects will make a significant contribution to the body of research in the field.

The application may be written in English as well as in German. The deadline for the current application period is 11 September (CHANGED! from 3 April) 2020 at 12:00 with successful applicants receiving funding from 01 December 2020 onwards. 

The base scholarship is 1,000 euros per month, plus a lump-sum allowance of 103 euros for the costs of materials. An additional payment for children will be granted.

The application is to be handed in at the office of the Allocation Commission DRS-NaFöG at FU Berlin (Thielallee 38).

Guidance regarding your application is provided by us. Please contact if you have any questions. Applicants holding a master's degree from TU Berlin receive information from us on how to prove their academic achievements above average.

The grant may be awarded for the final stage of the dissertation only. The dissertation must be finished within the maximum time span for funding of one year. Therefore the concept and timetable of the dissertation proposal has to outline that the dissertation will be undoubtedly completed within that year.

The net income of your spouse will not be counted against your scholarship.


Information Broschure (available in German only)

Instruction for reviewers (available in German only)

If thematically or methodologically relevant for the outline of your dissertation, you may add additional reviews to your application, despite the obligatory one.

Application Form printversion pdf

Application Form printversion word

Application Form online (available in German only)

The application form is to be printed out and enclosed as well es filled out online. Please remember to sign the Application form by your own hand! The application is to be handed in at the office of the Allocation Commission DRS-NaFöG at FU Berlin (Thielallee).

Please use the provided report forms below for checking your application on completeness.

Report Form Full Time Scholarship

Report Form Completion Grant  


The office of the Allocation Commission is based at FU Berlin:

Freie Universität Berlin
Thielallee 38
 D-14195 Berlin
 Tel.: +49 30 838-73641

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