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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Philosophy, Science and the Sciences

Funding

Funding is available from the Research Training Group. We also welcome students to the program who get funding from other sources.

Funding for doctoral candidates

Salaried doctoral positions (T-VL Berlin E13 at 65%) will start on 1 October 2019 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and will be funded for three years.

How much will I earn in a doctoral position?

Salaries are a highly individual matter, and we can only give you a rough estimate based on the salary levels of the public sector in Berlin in 2018. TV-L Berlin E13 at 65% for a single person without children should come to approx. €2,350 gross per month, or €1,600 net per month. (The net pay already includes health insurance.)

Additional funding will be provided for conference travels, research stays abroad and other qualification measures, such as language training.

Terms, conditions, and duties for doctoral candidates

Salaried university position holders benefit from both employers' and employees' statutory monthly contributions to the national income tax, social security, unemployment insurance, pension schemes, and health insurance. Statutory employee rights such as holiday entitlements apply, but must be applied for, agreed to and recorded. Doctoral candidates must partake in the research, education, and training program (see the curriculum) of the Research Training Group “Philosophy, Science and the Sciences” and agree to submit progress reports and present their research to their peers and advisors at agreed times. In addition to their employment contracts, they will also sign a supervision agreement with their supervisors. These positions do not entail teaching obligations.

N.B.: Although as a matter of law, the student is an employee of the university, this is just a way of awarding what is usually called a graduate fellowship. It has certain benefits (e.g., in case of illness).

Funding for pre-doctoral students

Pre-doctoral stipends will be granted for one year, starting on 1 October 2019. If a pre-doctoral student is making good progress toward the degree, then they will receive a three year salaried doctoral position (description above) starting 1 October 2020 , leading to the completed doctorate.

How much is the pre-doctoral stipend?

Currently the DFG rate for the pre-doctoral year is €800 per month. Additional funding can be provided for qualification measures, such as language training.

Terms, conditions and duties for pre-doctoral students

Pre-doctoral students must partake in the research, education, and training program (see the curriculum) of the Research Training Group “Philosophy, Science and the Sciences” and agree to submit progress reports and present their research to their peers and advisors at agreed times. In addition to their stipend contracts, they will also sign a supervision agreement with their supervisors. Supervisor and student make an individual agreement on the number and type of qualification measures to be attended, in accordance with the university requirements for fast-track doctoral studies.

By the end of their first semester (usually end of February in the subsequent year after starting their studies), pre-doctoral students submit a revised outline of their dissertation project. (Example: starting 1 October 2019, submitting the exposé by February 28, 2020.) The RTG’s Admissions Committee assesses the student’s progress. Students who pass the assessment (as is normally the case) will be admitted to the three-year doctoral program.

 


 

Funding from the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers two doctoral scholarships per year to research and complete a doctorate in the Ancient Philosophy and History of Ancient Science program of the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). The scholarship will be granted for three years. The application round for the DAAD scholarships has been closed on 1 December 2018. The next application round will start in the fall of 2019 (for candidates starting in October 2020).