International Early Career Researchers

Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt is the umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers. Through a qualification programme as well as networking events and individual counselling, Ingenium promotes and qualifies early career researchers at TU Darmstadt for both academic and non-academic careers.

In addition to the general areas of support directed at all early career researchers, Ingenium offers specific support for international doctoral candidates and postdocs. This support is funded through a combined scholarship and support programme (STIBET)” coordinated by the DAAD and financed by the Federal Foreign Office.


STIBET is a combined scholarship and support programme offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Foreign Office. The programme “STIBET Doktoranden” facilitates the funding of scholarships, German classes and social events to international doctoral candidates and postdocs. The overall objective of the STIBET programme is to contribute to improving the academic success of international early career researchers.

Scholarship to complete the dissertation

International doctoral candidates can apply for a scholarship to complete the dissertation within the STIBET programme. Therewith, international doctoral candidates for which the completion of the doctorate is in sight and whose initial scholarship runs out in the near future will be supported.

These scholarships aim at supporting applicants who face financial difficulties once their initial scholarship ends but can bring good reasons as to why they were not able to finish their doctorate within the duration of their initial scholarship.


German exercise courses

Ingenium offers German exercise courses for different levels.

At the Ingenium German exercise courses you get the opportunity to enhance your German skills by practicing German together with other doctoral candidates and postdocs. The exercises focus on “reading and discussing” and “hearing and discussing”. Grammar exercises will complete the courses.

The main goal is to be able to communicate more fluently in your daily routines and get used to speaking German in different circumstances. In addition participants are welcome to actively shape the course by contributing own ideas or for example give a presentation of their own research in German.

To enrol in the courses you have to possess the required German skill level. Please ensure to send a confirmation of your language level when you register for the course.