General Funding Opportunities
Along with self-financing or funding from your home country/institute, you can ask your academic advisor in Dresden if there is an existing exchange program that can help you to fund your project.
In addtition, there are various German sponsors and foundations that offer grants to graduates, doctoral candidates and professors that enable them to stay for an extended period of studying and/or research. A list of current funding possibilities is provided on the TU Dresden Research Funding page. We also recommend that you contact the Graduate Academy for consultation on scholarships.
On the website of the EURAXESS Germany (European Researchers in Motion initiative), you can also search for foundations and sponsors that offer grants: Funding Database Incoming.
Most funding programmes ask researchers to seek out their academic host or supervisor themselves since they should know best which other researcher is working in the same field. It is also common to contact researchers you don’t know personally via mail or e-mail to ask if there is the possibility of a cooperation. Look up the different fields of research at TU Dresden in the research information system.
In addition, job opportunities at the TU Dresden may be found here: Vacancies at TU Dresden.
Job openings in other European research institutes may be found here: EURAXESS jobs.
European Project Center
The European Project Center informs you continuously about current funding programmes of the German Federal Government, the German federal states (in particular Saxony), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the EU, as well as other national and international funding institutions and foundations. They also offer support for filing applications for third-party funded research projects and in negotiating and concluding research contracts.
The Graduate Academy of the TU Dresden aims to create ideal research and working conditions for PhD students and postdocs throughout the university in order to qualify them for distinguished positions in science, economy and society. As an umbrella organisation the GA accommodates both doctoral students within or outside of structured PhD programmes and external doctoral students in industry as well as scientists at every point of the postdoctoral stage. At the same time it helps increase the visibility and promotes the identification of PhD and postdocs as distinct groups within the university.
The Graduate Academy offers its members customised and interdisciplinary training and coaching, individual counselling and assistance, e.g. financial support, regular events affording opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and networking with research and industrial partners, safeguarded overall standards of academic supervision and quality during the PhD phase.
Different programmes support your individual personal and academic development:
- qualification programme specifically designed for young scientists
- individual advice before, during and after the PhD
- own funding programs, e.g. travel awards for conferences or research stays abroad
For further information please have a look at the Graduate Academy’s website.
Philipp Schwartz Initiative: Support for threatened researchers
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative provides universities and research institutions in Germany with the means to host threatened foreign researchers for a period of 24 months on a fully funded research fellowship. An extension is possible under a co-financing model. On behalf of the TU Dresden, the Welcome Center is responsible for the application and relocation of scholarship holders. The application was already successful in several rounds.
If you know someone who might be eligible for a scholarship or you would like to apply for one yourself, please read the conditions of this funding round here and contact Natalie Brindle directly.
More information about the current round: https://ddcwelcome.de/philippschwartz