Programme Description

The Hanns Seidel Foundation, which is affiliated with the political party "Christian Social Union" (CSU), sponsors highly-qualified doctoral candidates either from EU member states or with the legal status of German educational nationals (as per BAföG § 8). Applicants from all disciplines completing promising doctoral theses at a higher education institution in Germany are welcome to apply. The support aims at helping the academics become competent and responsible citizens who uphold Christian social values and co-operate actively in forming and strengthening Germany's liberal and democratic constitutional order.

Independent of income, scholarship holders are granted a monthly sum of 1,350 EUR plus a research cost allowance of 100 EUR as well as child- and family allowances, if necessary. The scholarship also entails comprehensive non-material support.

Target Group

highly-qualified doctoral candidates with the legal status of German educational nationals (as per BAföG § 8) of any subject area who are regularly enrolled at a state or state-recognised higher education institution. Applicants propose a thesis that shows promise for excellence in their field of research. They furthermore demonstrate unusual potential for contributing to research as well as personal integrity.

Academic Requirements

admission to post-graduate studies (certificate of higher-education degree required) at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany or in EU countries plus Switzerland with proof of first deliverables of the project or at least after completion of literature research


The scholarship is initially granted for 1 year with a renewal option if applied for. An assessment of academic achievement will take place before the award. The sponsorship ends after 2 years. Under extraordinary circumstances the scholarship may be extended for 6 months.

Scholarship Value

  • 1,350 EUR per month plus a research cost allowance of 100 EUR and family- and child allowances, if necessary
  • non-material support in the form of, i.e., seminars, events and networking meetings

Application Papers

Application forms and further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Application Deadline

15 January and 15 July of each year