Internationalization through conferences

Participation in International Conferences

To further promote the internationalization of doctoral students from all subject areas at the University of Bonn, the Graduate Center supports conference participations abroad as well as the participation in summer or winter schools abroad. Prerequisites are active participation (such as poster presentation or talk), a letter of acceptance provided by the conference organizers and the formal admission as a doctoral student from the respective faculty.


Applications can be submitted electronically at any time via the linked application form. A review takes place quarterly at the following deadlines:

January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15

Funding conditions

Doctoral students from all subject areas are welcome to apply as long as they have not yet completed their doctoral studies with the oral doctoral examination. Please note successful students are not eligible to apply for this funding program within the same year.

The following costs can be reimbursed:

  • A travel lump sum in accordance with DAAD standard222
  • An accommodation lump sum in accordance with DAAD standards333 for a maximum of 5 days (depending on the duration of the conference)
  • Participation and abstract fees

Funding will be granted according to lump sums determined for the destination country (not according to actually occurring costs). Please note that conferences taking place in Germany cannot be funded. Funding cannot be awarded retroactively, i.e. for conferences taking place prior to the deadline to which an application is submitted.

Please note that for accounting reasons, we can only accept invoices issued with the University of Bonn indicated as the invoice recipient.

  • Importance of the conference participation for the applicant’s research progress and building of scientific networks
  • Academic CV of the doctoral students

The decision on the award of funding will be made by an interdisciplinary selection committee of young scholars. The Bonn Graduate Center supports the members of the committee in an advisory capacity. The members are:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Saß4Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlitzer5 and Prof. Dr. Michael Schindelegger6.

The application should include:

  • A concise statement of the paper´s contribution to the conference that is comprehensible for laymen
  • Acceptance letter provided by the conference organizers (can be handed in until 4 weeks after the application deadline)
  • Academic CV of the doctoral student1
  • Letter of support signed by the supervisor (see here 8for template)
  • Written formal admission as a doctoral student from the faculty

1 Family responsibilities, parental leave, illness and further breaks are, of course, taken into account. Please explain possible interruptions in your application.

Please note

Please observe the regulations in force at the University of Bonn regarding business trips (Circular 68/2021) as well as the current travel advice of the German Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute.


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