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Offers at the University of Lübeck

The university offers scholarships for PhD students of all sections in different doctoral phases. Here you can find a list of possibilities and their contact persons.


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Current tenders

As part of the DFG Graduate school Gene, Environment and Inflammation at the Universities of Kiel and Lübeck, we offer two scholarships for medical doctoral theses from April 1, 2018 (limited to one year).

For more informations click here



Scholarships for medical students in the Graduate College (GRK)

You are students of medicine in the clinical part of your studies (5.-8. semester) and you want to write your doctoral thesis within a structured study programme together with other doctoral students? You can apply for a doctoral scholarship in the GRK.

We offer following GRKs:

DFG-GRK 1727: Modulation of Autoimmunity
DFG-GRK 1743: Gene, Umwelt und Entzündung
DFG-iGRK 1911: Immunoregulation of Inflammation in Allergy and Infection
DFG-GRK 1957: Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk

During a doctoral study in a GRK you can expect:

  • 6 to 12 months of fulltime research in a laboratory (one to two semesters of research sabbatical)
  • a scholarship of up to 735€ + 103€
  • involvement into the research activities of the working group and of the College
  • an individual qualification programme
  • a supervision Committee, consisting of at least 2 Persons
  • regular meetings to discuss the progress of your thesis
  • possibly travel grants for conference participations

Your questions around the application procedure will be answered by the contact persons of the particular GRK.



PhD scholarship “Exzellenzmedizin”

You are a student in medicine, you passed the first part of the medical examinations and you are interested in the PhD scholarship "Exzellenzmedizin"?

You will find an overview of all Information here:

The dissertation project must be supervised by at least one professor of the University of Lübeck and can be located at any lab in the University Hospital.

The scholarship is set at 750 € per month for a period of up to 6 months (1 sabbatical). In addition, a compensation for travelling for attending meetings and conferences in the amount of max. 500 € (see below) is included.

Applications are possible twice a year. Deadline is either the 1st of April or the 1st of October. Decision expected at the End of June or end of December.

It is assumed that for the requested funding period you waive to courses of your medicine studies. If courses cannot be waived, proof of the study program requirements must be submitted.

Documents to be submitted:

- The completed form 

- copy of your high school diploma and the certificate on the first section of the medical examination (no authentification required)

- evidence of other services (contests, additional qualifications, special certificates, etc.) if necessary

- 1-2-sided letter of motivation for your motivation / perspective and choice of dissertation topic

- copy of the personal course plan for the proposed funding period

Note: A clear work plan shall be included in the Project presentation, which provides information on the timetable and the planned steps to allow for good assessment of the duration of appliance and the viability of the project.

Please send your documents in PDF format via e-mail to Dr. Corinna von Duhn

Stabsstelle Forschung | Universität zu Lübeck

Ratzeburger Allee 160 | Haus 1
23562 Lübeck
phone: +49 451 3101 1132 (Di. und Mi. 9-12 Uhr oder per Email) 


More details to the scholarship



Doctoral scholarship for advanced medical doctoral candidates at DZHK Lübeck

The DZHK- (Deutsches Zentrum für Herz-Kreislauf-Forschung / German Centre for Cardiovascular Research) Lübeck awards 6 scholarships to advanced doctoral students in medicine. Purpose of the scholarship is to ensure a follow-up financing of the research of advanced students, who already have worked successfully for a year or more in a workgroup or an Institute of a DZJK-PI (-Principal Investigator) in Lübeck and want to be practically engaged at least half a year longer. The goal is to enable medical doctoral candidates, who have already shown special scientific commitment and whose work can benefit significantly by another six months of practical work, to bring their work to a satisfactory conclusion. It is also possible to award the scholarship to particularly dedicated medical doctoral candidates, who currently want to start a new research project at the DZHK site.

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Travel grants

The "Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Universität zu Lübeck" awards travel grants to students and doctoral candidates to attend a scientific congresses, symposia etc..  Prerequisite is that an active personal contribution (e.g. talk, poster) at the event.

Application form

Service-desk: Dr. Sabine Voigt

Dezernat I- Studierenden-Service-Center | Universität zu Lübeck

Ratzeburger Allee 160 | Haus 2
23562 Lübeck
Tel: 0451 3101 1250




Maternity Leave Stipends

To encourage and facilitate the reintegration of women scientists after maternity leave or extended parental leave (Elternzeit), the DZIF Academy offers maternity leave stipends that allow part-time or full-time reintegration of DZIF PIs or employees in DZIF-funded projects.
In addition to the Maternity Leave Stipend, the DZIF also offers flexible funds for technicians to support pregnant women as well as young mothers or fathers in DZIF projects or infrastructures during their full or part time parental leave.  For more information about funds for technicians, please contact the Academy.

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RISE Germany – Research Internships in Science and Engineering

- Docotorades internship for practical research training in Germany

To promote the student exchange in nature-, life- and engineering sciences between North America altoghether with Great Britain and Germany, the DAAD provides the opportunity to make an application for an employment as a foreign scientific internship (summer 2016) for doctorades on german universities.

Bachelors students from North America and Britain are supposed to assist the doctorades at their experimental work within a 3-month sojourn in Germany in summer 2016.

The promotion counts for the follwing areas of expertise: Biology, Life sciences, Chemics, Physics, Earth- and Engineering sciences.

Application for doctorades: 01/10/15 – 15/11/15 (online):
All Information and the application documents are prepared for a online access and can be found at

Scholarships for graduates

In order to promote young scientists, the state Schleswig-Holstein awards scholarships for graduates to perform their dissertation. The requirements for such a scholarship are a completed Universities‘ degree in a related field of the dissertation topic as well as a graduation not older than one year and an above-average study-performance.

The amount of the scholarship is 900 €. If the certain conditions are fulfilled, you can gain a child supplement as well.
Applications must be submitted to the Central University Administration of the University of Lübeck and can be made at any time.

Help desk Dr. Voigt:

Studierenden-Service-Center | Universität of Lübeck

Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lübeck
phone: +49 451 3101 - 1250
Fax: +49 451 500 – 3016
email: Voigt(at)zuv.uni-luebeck(dot)de