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TU Travel Grants for Conferences

The TU Berlin and its Network of Doctoral Programs supports conference travel for all doctoral candidates and postdocs at the university. If you would like to apply for a Travel Grant please contact the TU-DOC Office as early as possible. You application should be handed in preferably at least four weeks before your trip. Already started trips cannot be financed. Apart from that, there are no fixed deadlines for applications.

Support is mainly granted for active participation (e.g. presentation of a poster or paper). If especially relevant for the doctoral work, the participation without a contribution can be supported.

The maximum support is 800,00€ based on expenses incurred, participation without a contribution is supported in exceptional cases and up to 200,00€.

Precondition is a relevance for the doctoral research and documentation of an active culture of supervision according to the guidelines of the TU Berlin. For details please see the list of required documents below. For postdocs this applies analogously. Relevance to individual qualification goals of PostDoc employment should be made clear and an indication to what extent one is being supervised in order to reach their individual qualification goals should be provided.

Furthermore, affirmation is required that no other means of support (e.g. out of the budget of the chair, project or a doctoral program) are available.

Travel grants are granted only once for each person and year.

Before you apply please also consider other means of funding, especially the program to support the travel to conferences (Kongressreiseprogramm) as well as the travel program for speakers and presenters (Vortragsreiseprogramm) by the DAAD. It is possible to apply for funding by the DAAD until 120 days before the planned conference.


Required documents

Initially, the following documents have to be provided by email to info@tudoc.tu-berlin.de: 

  • Relevance of the contribution for the doctoral project, countersigned by the supervisor or relevance for own further qualification for postdocs
  • Registration confirmation and further information regarding the conference (e.g. Weblink)
  • List of costs differentiated by type of cost
  • Proof of active culture of supervision. This requires a signed supervision agreement as well as further documentation, e.g. in the form of a protocol of the most recent supervision session. Postdocs are required to indicate to what extent they are being supervised in order to reach their individual qualification goals.
  • Proof of status as a doctoral candidate at the TU Berlin (Enrollment certificate, acceptance as a doctoral candidate). Postdocs need to be employed by the TU Berlin.
  • affirmation, that no other means of support (e.g. out of the budget of the chair, project or a doctoral program) are available, provided by supervisor

The TU-DOC Office reserves the right to request the application documents in paper form after their first submission by email.

After a successful application and participation in the conference it is required to hand in a short travel report (maximum 1 page) about the own contribution and the academic value of the conference/travel for further doctoral work or research work.


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