Open Calls for Application

Any questions about the GradV call for applications?

Please read the information below thoroughly if you want to apply for a GradV scholarship. Currently, you can contact us by email only if you have further questions. We will publish the most important answers here in the FAQs. Therefore, we recommend that you visit this website regularly until you submit your application. 

GradV-Full PhD Scholarships (36 Months) – Guideline for Applicants – Deadline: 15 September 2020

General Information & Eligibility

General Information

The GradV-Full PhD Scholarship provides funding to pursue a doctorate. Only candidates can apply for the scholarship. The basic amount of the scholarship is 1,000 euros per month. If applicants have children and they live in the same household, the GRS can offer a monthly family allowance of 150 euros per child. There is no legal entitlement for being awarded a scholarship.

Eligibility

Full scholarships of up to 36 months will be awarded to pursue a PhD or doctorate at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. You can receive the scholarship from January 2021 onwards at the earliest. Your funding may also start later. Eligible for funding are only BTU doctoral/PhD students. If you are currently applying for a PhD or doctorate at BTU you need to provide at least a letter of acceptance from your supervisor. 

Do not apply or send us any queries if you have no supervisor at BTU yet. For further information about how to apply for a doctorate or PhD at BTU please refer to the website for young academics: www.b-tu.de/en/research/young-academics/doctoral-studies

The applicant for the GradV-scholarship is the doctoral/PhD student. The scholarship will be awarded on an individual basis, and therefore the supervisor cannot apply for it like for a research project. Applicants shall be involved at the supervisor’s chair at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg; i.e. the supervisor should provide the necessary facilities to conduct the research project.

The requirements for the GradV-scholarships are a university degree, competence, and motivation as well as an excellent track record.

The call for applications is open to projects from all academic/scientific disciplines at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Application Documents
  1. Form »Declaration Concerning the Scholarship« incl. annexes (see p. 8 of the form)
  2. Cover letter*
  3. CV (2 pp. max.)
  4. Letter of acceptance from supervisor
  5. Research proposal**
  6. Copies of transcripts and degrees (bachelor, master)
  7. Proof of admission to doctoral studies (may be submitted later)
  8. If applicable, copy of visa (may be submitted later)
  9. If applicable, copy of confirmation from municipal family office »Familienkasse« (may be submitted later)
  10. Letter of recommendation*** of first supervisor (BTU university professor), and second letter of recommendation by another university professor (BTU or external)

Do not submit any additional documents that are not required (for example, medical records). The selection will be based on the application documents mentioned above. We retain the right to reject your application if you provide additional documents with sensitive and/or personal data (for example, medical certificate). 


* Tips cover letter:

  • 1 p. max.
  • Layout of a letter (for example, job application), addressed to GradV-Awarding-Commission of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Structure: subject, short presentation, why are you a good match for the scholarship, what is your motivation to pursue a doctorate at BTU 

** Tips proposal :

  • 4-6 pp. max.
  • Cover page (name, supervisor(s), chair, faculty, working title, start date of doctorate)
  • Overview of research area (background of the problem, summary of state-of-the-art, research gaps and your scope)
  • Research question(s) and objective(s)
  • Originality and relevance of your topic
  • Methodology 
  • Tentative working plan until submission (use Gannt chart)
  • Selective research bibliography

*** Tips letter of recommendation:

  • 2 pp. max. (German or English)
  • How do you know the applicant?
  • How do you assess the applicant's subject knowledge?
  • How do you assess the originality and relevance of the research topic?
  • Does the applicant possess any other relevant qualifications for the project? If yes, why are they imporant?
  • If applicable, also mention any noteworthy achievements by the applicant (for example, achievements in previous studies).

Remember that the proposal and letters of recommendation should also be understandable for non-experts. 

Submission of the Application

Please submit your complete application in a single PDF file in the order indicated above until 15 September 2020 (12:00 noon CET) via email to the GRS: researchschool(at)b-tu.de

Incomplete applications or applications which do not comply with the requirements will not be processed. Keep in mind that the GRS is not responsible for checking the accuracy or completeness of your application documents. After the submission, the GRS will send you an acknowledgement of receipt by email.

Selection and Legal Information

Scholarships will be awarded by the President of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg based on the recommendation by the GradV-Awarding-Commission (link to BTU intranet). The commission is expected to meet at the beginning of November and short-listed candidates will be notified by the end of November at the latest. 

Funding will start in January 2021, and it is also possible to start later. We are planning to award 3-4 GradV-Full PhD Scholarships.


Legal information: 

On this website, we have compiled the most important FAQs regarding the BTU Scholarship Framework Directive. 

Other legal documents (only in German): 

  • Graduiertenförderungsverordnung des Landes Brandenburg (GradV)
  • Rahmenrichtlinie der BTU Cottbus zur Vergabe von Stipendien (BTU-Rahmenrichtlinie Stipendien vom 12.10.2009)
  • Ausführungsrichtlinie zur Vergabe von Stipendien nach der Graduiertenförderungsverordnung des Landes Brandenburg (BTU-Ausführungsrichtlinie GradV vom 24.03.2012)

Directives and regulations mentioned above are available on the BTU intranet

GradV-Short-term PhD Scholarship (6 Months) – Guidline for Applicants – Deadline: 15 September 2020

General Information & Eligibility

General Information

The GradV-Short-term PhD Scholarship provides funding to complete the doctoral thesis. Only candidates can apply for the scholarship. The basic amount of the scholarship is 1,000 euros per month. If applicants have children and they live in the same household, the GRS can offer a monthly family allowance of 150 euros per child. There is no legal entitlement for being awarded a scholarship.

Eligibility

Short-term scholarship of up to six months will be awarded to complete the dissertation. You can receive the scholarship from January 2020 onwards at the earliest. Eligible for funding are only BTU doctoral/PhD students, who have not received a scholarship of the GRS yet. Due to our limited financial resources, you cannot receive a short-term scholarship for more than six months.

Please do not apply if you are not planning to complete your dissertation within the funding period of six months (e.g., interim funding, etc.). Furthermore, scholarship holders are expected to submit a proof of the submission of their dissertation by the end of the funding period.

The applicant for the GradV-scholarship is the doctoral/PhD student. The scholarship will be awarded on an individual basis, and therefore the supervisor cannot apply for it like for a research project. Applicants shall be involved at the supervisor’s chair at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg; i.e. the supervisor should provide the necessary facilities to conduct the research project.

The requirements for the GradV-scholarships are a university degree, competence, and motivation as well as an excellent track record.

The call for applications is open to projects from all academic/scientific disciplines at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Application Documents
  1. Form »Declaration Concerning the Scholarship« incl. annexes (see p. 8 of the form)
  2. Cover letter*
  3. CV (2 pp. max., incl. list of publications)
  4. Progress report**
  5. Copies of transcripts and degrees (bachelor, master)
  6. Proof of admission to doctoral studies 
  7. If applicable, copy of visa 
  8. If applicable, copy of confirmation from municipal family office »Familienkasse« (may be submitted later)
  9. Report by first supervisor***

Do not submit any additional documents that are not required (for example, medical records). The selection will be based on the application documents mentioned above. We retain the right to reject your application if you provide additional documents with sensitive personal data (for example, medical certificate). 


* Tips cover letter:

  • 1 p. max.
  • Layout of a letter (for example, job application), addressed to GradV-Awarding-Commission of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Elaborate on the following aspects: Why do you need a short-term scholarship to complete your dissertation? Why should the GradV-Awarding-Commission endores your application? Highlight noteworthy academic achievements. What is your career goal after finishing the PhD/doctorate? 

** Tips progress report:

  • 4-6 pp. max.
  • Cover page (name, supervisor(s), chair, faculty, working title, start date of doctorate, planned submission date)
  • Overview of research area (background of the problem, summary of state-of-the-art, research gaps and your scope)
  • Research question(s) and objective(s)
  • Originality and relevance of your topic
  • Methodology 
  • Tentative list of chapters
  • Working plan until submission (use Gannt chart; we recommend using our template)
  • Selected bibliography

*** Tips report by supervisor:

  • 2 pp. max. (German or English)
  • What have been the candidate's noteworthy academic achievements?
  • How do you assess the originality and relevance of the research topic?
  • How do you assess the progress so far and the feasibility of the working plan until submission of the dissertation (remember that this is an application for a short-term scholarship to complete the dissertation; in his report, the supervisor ensures that the candidate will be able to submit the thesis according to the respective doctoral degree regulations by the end of the funding period at the latest)

Remember that the proposal and letters of recommendation should also be understandable for non-experts. 

Submission of the Application

Please submit your complete application in a single PDF file in the order indicated above until 15 September 2020 (12:00 noon CET) via email to the GRS: researchschool(at)b-tu.de

Incomplete applications or applications that do not comply with the requirements will not be processed. Keep in mind that the GRS is not responsible for checking the accuracy or completeness of your application documents. After the submission the GRS will send you an acknowledgement of receipt by email.

Selection and legal information

Scholarships will be awarded by the President of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg based on the recommendation by the GradV-Awarding-Commission (link to BTU intranet). The commission is expected to meet at the beginning of November and short-listed candidates will be notified by the end of November at the latest. 

Funding will start in January 2021, and it is also possible to start later. We are planing to award 3-4 GradV-Short-term Scholarships.


Legal information: 

On this website, we have compiled the most important FAQs regarding the BTU Scholarship Framework Directive. 

Other legal documents (only in German): 

  • Graduiertenförderungsverordnung des Landes Brandenburg (GradV)
  • Rahmenrichtlinie der BTU Cottbus zur Vergabe von Stipendien (BTU-Rahmenrichtlinie Stipendien vom 12.10.2009)
  • Ausführungsrichtlinie zur Vergabe von Stipendien nach der Graduiertenförderungsverordnung des Landes Brandenburg (BTU-Ausführungsrichtlinie GradV vom 24.03.2012)

Directives and regulations mentioned above are available on the BTU intranet

More information about scholarships

Other funding opportunities

The GRS can only offer a limited number of PhD scholarships. You should consider alternative funding opportunities for your PhD as soon as possible, for example the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or foundations that offer PhD scholarships. On our website for young researchers you can find more information about further funding opportunities. We recommend you using a database such as www.elfi.info or the DAAD scholarship database.

BTU Scholarship Framework Directive

The BTU Scholarship Framework Directive (only in German) regulates the general conditions and requirements for receiving a PhD scholarship. On this website we have compiled the most frequently asked questions.

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