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Temporary Employment

Temporary employment for doctoral work is funded either directly by the Technische Universität Berlin or through externally funded projects. 

TU positions are generally full-time for the duration of five years. According to the Berlin State Law for Higher Education at least one third should be spent on individual research (i.e. the dissertation). Furthermore, those positions include teaching duties of 4 hours per week.

Project positions are funded by external organisations like the German Research Foundation (DFG), industry partners or other third party funds. Such positions can often be used to pursue a doctoral degree. They normally include research and project management tasks and vary in duration and working hours. 

Current vacancies for TU positions

Berlin and Brandenburg offer a variety of opportunities for the employment of doctoral candidates - apart from the universities, positions are also available at Universties of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) and non-university research institutes, which offer supervision in cooperation with universities. 

Vancancies at institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg

Funding through Structured Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Programs (research training groups, graduate schools and alike) at TU and other universities offer intensive and structured supervision and also funding through employment or scholarships with a usual duration of 3 years. To find out if there is a doctoral program fitting your field of interest please visit our website or the joint database of all doctoral programs in Berlin and Potsdam www.doctoral-programs.de


Doctoral scholarships support doctoral work. Scholarship holders are not employed and do not have tasks in teaching or administration. 

The duration of most scholarships is 2-3 years, some allow minor additional income. The monthly amount varies substantially, though the state-funded scholarships (1.350 Euro per month with an additional research grant of 100 Euro and supplementary allowances for married couples and doctoral students with children) offer some orientation.

Further information:

Current scholarship offers (compiled by the TU-DOC Office)

Berlin State Scholarships (Elsa-Neumann-Stipendien)

Scholarships of the organizations for the promotion of young talent

Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Degree completion grants

In very limited cases degree completion grants enable doctoral researchers to finish their work after the expiry of previous funding.

Degree completion grants from the Council of the Central Office for Women's Affairs

STIBET Degree completion grants for doctoral candidates from abroad

Berlin Funding for Graduates (Elsa-Neumann-Programm)

Studentische Darlehenskasse Berlin (student loan service)

The Studentische Darlehenskasse Berlin offers financial assistance for students and doctoral candidates of TU Berlin irrespective of parental income, BAföG, field of study, age, origin and duration of study.

The maximal loan amounts to 12.000 € which can be granted for the duration of up to 24 months. The monthly rate may be up to 750 €. Further information and documents will be provided during the office hours. The website is in German language.

DFG-Research Grants

Research grants enable individuals who have completed their academic training to conduct research projects with clearly defined topics and durations, regardless of the subject and at any time.

An overview of DFG-funded projects can be found on Gepris, the DFG’s project database.

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