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Fachhochschule Dortmund



Fachhochschule Dortmund supports its early career researchers in various ways: doctoral positions, mobility programs, professional proofreading grants, financial support for parents pursuing doctoral studies. We will gladly offer you advice on the acquisition of external funding.

Doctoral positions / Doctoral scholarships

Each year, Master's graduates with particularly good grades can apply with their doctoral supervising professors at Fachhochschule Dortmund for doctoral positions or doctoral scholarships.  
Cooperative doctorates can be funded for a maximum of four or four and a half years with a 50 percent or 40 percent position as a research associate or alternatively with a scholarship. 
The next application deadline is 1 October 2023.

Dissertation Award

Starting in 2022, Fachhochschule Dortmund will award an annual dissertation prize of €1,000 sponsored by the association Fördergesellschaft der Fachhochschule Dortmund honoring an outstanding cooperative doctorate completed in various faculties at Fachhochschule Dortmund.

Applications can be submitted until 14 April 2023. Information on the application process, requirements and criteria can be found here.(Opens in a new tab)  


Support for (expectant) parents doing a doctorate

Parents doing their doctorate receive special support at Fachhochschule Dortmund. In addition to the offers of Family Services(Opens in a new tab)  (i.a. mobile childcare), the equal opportunities office(Opens in a new tab)  (Gleichstellung) has established funding options particularly for mothers pursuing a doctoral degree.

Doing a doctorate with health impairments

The Graduate Center would like to point out that health impairments do not have to mean exclusion for a doctorate. We would like to draw your attention to the project "PROMI - Promotion inklusive":
The project "PROMI - Promotion inklusive" is aimed at all those who are interested in the topic of "Doing a doctorate with health impairments, disabilities and chronic physical or mental illnesses". The information platform(Opens in a new tab)   provides you with research results and experiences from the project in the form of action aids, good practice examples and resources. In addition, it offers the opportunity to network with other doctoral candidates and with relevant internal and external actors on the topic.

Funding for professional events

Doctoral candidates actively shape the program of the Graduate Center. “Research Seminars” on (interdisciplinary) topics related to theory and methods can be funded upon request. Additionally, there is funding available for conferences organized by doctoral students.

External funding

We will gladly provide information on external funding opportunities for your doctoral studies or on financing stays abroad. We also offer information events on doctoral scholarships on a regular basis.

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