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.
Eligible applicants are international doctoral candidates (foreign nationals who have acquired their university entrance qualification abroad) in cooperation with their institute/research group (Fachgebiet). The doctoral candidate must be the recipient of a scholarship. It is irrelevant who the scholarship provider is. Academic staff is not eligible. It must also be ruled out that the funding of the final doctoral degree phase can be provided by another internal or external body. Applicants must be enrolled as doctoral students (Promotionsstudierende) during the funding period.
Duration and funding
The scholarship will be granted for max. 6 months. It provides 1.000,-€ per month.
Start of the scholarship: March 1st, 2019. It is possible to start later until: 01. June 2019.
Through the scholarship to complete the dissertation it should be ensured that due to a financial hardship young scientists are not prevented from successfully completing their doctorate at the TU Darmstadt. It is a prerequisite for the application that the doctoral candidate has performed well and a successful completion of the dissertation (submission of dissertation) is to be expected within 6 months of the beginning of the scholarship. The applicant must be accepted to a department of TU Darmstadt as a doctoral candidate and prepare the application in cooperation with his/her institute/research group (Fachgebiet). In the motivation letter the applicant is asked to argue why he/she did not finish the dissertation within the duration of the initial scholarship. The supervisor should refer to/confirm the reasons for the delay in his/her statement.
Please note: Along the doctoral/Ph.D. phase unexpected project delays may take place in a multitude of cases. STIBET eligibility requires that the unexpected delay was caused at the time by a personal emergency situation. Please explain your personal emergency situation at the time and give reasons why this situation caused the ongoing unexpected delay of your doctoral/Ph.D. project.
The scholarship cannot be awarded to persons receiving financial support at the same time, from any other domestic or foreign authority. We point out that a non-academic employment is not permitted while receiving the scholarship. An academic employment may be exercised, where at max. 450,-€ monthly may be earned.
Key aspects for the committee regarding the selection process:
- Applicant's need of assistance
- Comprehensible argumentation regarding the delay in completion
- Traceability and feasibility of the schedule
- Residence permit status
February 1st, 2019
Application documents (Please follow the sequence!)
- Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
- Exposé of the dissertation (max. 1 page)
- Confirmation from the supervisor that the dissertation can be successfully completed within 6 months of the scholarship to complete the dissertation; incl. statement regarding the delay
- A coordinated schedule with the supervisor for the dissertation (actual stand plus the planned schedule for the next 6 months)
- Application form for scholarships
- Proof of acceptance as a doctoral candidate in the department
- Proof of enrollment as a doctoral student at TU Darmstadt
- Copy of university diploma (e.g. Diploma, Magister, Master)
- Copy of the expiring scholarship contract
- Proof of special services (e.g. prizes and awards or special social or political commitment) or special support needs (e.g. family)
Please send the application in one single PDF document by e-mail to Ingenium, email@example.com-….
German exercise courses
The Unit Welcome Center of TU Darmstadt offers German courses. Participants must be doctoral candidates or postdocs at TU Darmstadt. Please find more information here.