Call for proposals to the Central Research Development Fund

The University of Bremen would like to convince particularly outstanding students to stay in or to come to Bremen in order to complete their PhD studies. With this in mind, the University offers its graduates stipends to bridge the period between completion of their Master studies and obtaining future financing, for instance from an external scholarship program or employment in an externally funded project run by their prospective PhD supervisor.

WHO CAN APPLY? Students in the second-year of their Master program, and up to six months following completion of the master degree (date of certificate). Applicants should have obtained a letter of support from their prospective supervisor at the University of Bremen as well as a reference confirming that they are among the best students in their degree course. Individual PhD projects must be seen to fit in with the research being carried out by their supervisor.

WHAT CONDITIONS HAVE TO BE MET? Applicants must submit an outline of their proposed PhD project. The selection criteria include the quality of the proposed research and past academic performance.

SCOPE OF FUNDING: The bridge scholarship of EUR 1,000 per month is granted for half a year following completion of the Master phase. If an application for the funding of the proposed PhD project has been submitted to an external body within this period, the scholarship will be prolonged until the start of the project, and for a maximum of further six months. The scholarship can neither be suspended nor prolonged. The "Fact Sheet Bridge Scholarships for Prospective PhD Students" [PDF] (218 KB) includes the detailed funding conditions. In case of funding it becomes part of the permit notice.

PROCEDURE: Applications may be submitted twice a year (March/September). The University’s research funding committee selects the most promising applicants and submits its recommendations to the University's Rectorate for decision. The four available scholarships are divided equally between the natural/engineering sciences and the humanities/social sciences. At least 50% of the available scholarships will be allocated to female researchers.

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2017 at noon CET.

Guide for Applicants [DOC] (86 KB) Declaration [PDF] (414 KB)

Online Application Form

Selection criteria

The respective Research Funding Committee and the Rectorate of the University of Bremen make the final selection on the basis of the following criteria.

1. Qualification of applicant

  • Above all, outstanding academic performance, followed by
  • Networking and experience of cooperation in the scientific community, including sojourns abroad; prizes or other awards for past academic achievement; initial experience of publications and the quality of such publications

2. Project quality

  • Originality of proposed research concept
  • Clear relevance in respect of the status of research
  • Sound substantiation of the research approach/hypotheses
  • Convincing choice of methods/procedures and project feasibility (in case these have been formulated already)
  • Plausible work and time schedule (for the period of the bridge scholarship)
  • Specific relevance of proposed research (e.g. socio-scientific, regional, transfer relevant)
  • Integration in the research environment of the University of Bremen
  • Suitability of proposed research for a PhD project
  • Prospects for the planned acquisition third-party funding

Timeline of Application Procedure