Funding programs for young scientific researchers contribute to a substantial improvement in the conditions for postgraduate studies. Therefore, TH Köln also offers an internal support program in addition to information on the external funding options
Internal Funding Opportunities
Further information and applications for internal funding opportunities can be obtained from the links below or on request from Graduate Center's service desk.
Mathilde-von-Mevissen promotion of female doctoral candidates
With the promotion of doctorates within the framework of Mathilde-von-Mevissen program of TH Köln, the proportion of female doctoral candidates at TH Köln is to be increased, preferably in the MINT subjects. Excellent female scientists are given the opportunity to do a doctorate within a research project and gain experience in university didactics. With the promotion of a doctoral degree, you can complete the doctorate you have already started and gain experience in university didactics.
In the 2020 selection process, six female doctoral candidates who are now being funded through the program were able to prevail. Information on possible further tendering rounds will be published here.
Funding program for doctoral researchers at TH Köln
The promotion of scientists at early career stages is a central concern of TH Köln. For this purpose, TH Köln grants financial support to doctoral researchers for expenses related to scientific activities in the context of their doctorate. If you would like to attend a scientific conference in order to network within your scientific community or need linguistic proofreading for a scientific article, you can apply for the funding. Further information and eligibility can be found in the application form.
Don't forget: In order to receive funding, you must submit a supervision agreement and provide proof of participation in a seminar on Good Scientific Practice.
Proofreading service for abstracts
At TH Köln, you can get your abstracts proofread by professional translators of the school. In order to request this service, you have to be enrolled at TH Köln as a doctoral researcher, or have a working contract with TH Köln during your doctoral project. If you are interested, please contact the Graduate Center Service Desk.
Open Access Publication Fund
TH Köln will support publishing in Open Access from January 2023 with a newly established publication fund. Applications for financial support can be submitted for open-access journal articles and open-access books.
The Publication Fund replaces the previous "Printing Cost Subsidy" program. The University Library and the Planning and Controlling Department are responsible for processing the applications.
When processing an application for funding from the Publication Fund, please note that only one funding application is possible per calendar year and person. All incoming applications for funding will be processed chronologically in the order in which they are submitted until the resources of the Publication Fund have been exhausted.
Erasmus+ Staff Mobility
If you are employed as scientific staff at TH Köln, you can apply for funding for teaching or training stays abroad with Erasmus+ Staff Mobility.
Please note the application deadlines: 1 June for the winter semester/ 1 December for the summer semester.
External funding opportunities
There are many external funding opportunities for doctoral candidates: In addition to various grants, there is the option of including research interns in their own work or spending a practice-oriented phase in another European country as part of the Erasmus program.
Scholarship information broschure
The broschure "Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Researchers. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Scholarship Programs" offers a broad overview of multiple funding opportunities for doctoral researchers. It compiles general and important information about funding possibilities and preconditions for a number of scholarship programs, as well as contacts and corresponding links to websites with further information.
The broschure is created by Graduate Center of TH Köln and offers, without claiming to be exhaustive, an overview of various possibilities to fund doctoral and postdoctoral research.
Scholarship opportunities of DAAD for stays abroad
If you are planning a stay abroad, you will find information here about the scholarship programs of the DAAD and other selected funding organizations.
RISE Professional (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)
Research interns from North America and Great Britain for doctoral candidates in the natural sciences and engineering:
With the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship program, the DAAD offers doctoral researchers in the natural and engineering sciences the opportunity to employ an undergraduate student from the USA / Canada or Great Britain for a 2-3 month research internship during the summer months.
HAW. International Program: Congresses and conferences (DAAD)
The program promotes the active participation of members of German universities of applied sciences (HAWs) or technical universities (FHs) in international scientific congresses and conferences as well as in international trade fairs (presence and online).
The Department of International Affairs is the central contact point for all questions concerning the internationalisation of the university. We advise and support international students in all aspects of studying at the TH Köln. In addition, we inform students about study stays and internships abroad as well as their financing opportunities. Show more
TH Köln has set itself the task of getting involved in the promotion of young talent and personnel development in order to counter the so-called “leaky pipeline”, the steady decline in the proportion of women in advancing career levels. This requires broad funding with appropriate measures at all levels of an academic career. Show more