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Funding Line D: Argelander Scholarships for doctoral candidates from universities of the Global South

What is the goal of the funding line?

The Argelander Scholarships are intended for doctoral candidates at universities of the so-called Global South (i.e. preferentially from universities in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia), who would like to spend a research period at the University of Bonn. The goal is to involve doctoral candidates from countries of the Global South in the academic discourse of the University of Bonn with a view to winning them as cooperation parters in research and teaching at a later date.

This funding line is intended to intensify collaborations between scientists in Bonn and their partners in the Global South and expand such collaborations with regard to the promotion of junior researchers. When the application is submitted, a formal or informal cooperation agreement should already exist between the home institute of the doctoral candidate and the host institute in Bonn. The host researchers in Bonn act as applicants.

Who is eligible for funding?

Doctoral candidates from a country of the so-called Global South (see above) who are pursuing their doctorate at a university or a research institution in a country of the Global South. Doctoral candidates who are already pursuing their Ph.D. at the University of Bonn are not eligible for funding. Recipients of funding should finish their doctorates at their home university (to avoid brain drain).

What is the size of the funding?

The funding can cover the following:

  • A travel allowance (depending on country of origin)
  • A scholarship of € 1,500 per month (additional funds for accompanying family members: up to € 300 for a spouse and € 250 per child)
  • A research expense allowance of up to € 300 per month, which must be separately indicated and justified in the application

The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months. When calculating costs, please note the instructions in the financing plan (and use the following Excel table, download here).

What are the selection criteria?

  • The quality of the research project to be pursued as part of the doctoral studies during the candidate’s stay in Bonn
  • The intensity of the existing cooperation or its potential for future growth between the applicant and the home institution of the doctoral candidate.
  • The integration of the doctoral candidate into an existing research environment in Bonn (e.g. integration into a BIGS work group, etc.; use of a workplace, etc)
  • An effective supervision blueprint under the cooperation agreement.

Who submits the application?

The application must be submitted by a full-time professor from the University of Bonn. The doctoral candidates must submit a signed motivational letter.

What is the application time frame?

Submission deadline: extended until June 15, 2020 (for a period of stay beginning at the latest in Juni 2021)

How is the application submitted?

Electronically via:

Application form Funding Line D: Argelander Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates from Universities of the Global South

What does the application include?

  • Online form
  • Project description (PDF of max. 8 pages), consisting of:
  1. An outline of the research project to be worked on during the person’s stay in Bonn
  2. Reasons for the host to invite the doctoral candidate
  3. An outline of how the doctoral candidate will be integrated at the host institute (place of work, participation in the institute’s teaching and research activities), and an outline of how the project will be supervised in Bonn
  • CV and motivational letter of the doctoral candidate (PDF)
  • A financing plan (please use the following Excel table, download here)



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