Programme Description

The Cusanuswerk offers fellowships to particularly gifted students and doctoral candidates of catholic faith from all disciplines. Besides the funding the support entails an interdisciplinary training programme, which aims at encouraging debates on the roles of science and belief or society and the Church. Financial support for students consists of a monthly, non-repayable grant based on the BAföG and a standard study cost allowance; doctoral candidates receive an income-independent grant and a research cost allowance. If necessary, family allowances and contributions to child care are granted. A large number of cross-disciplinary educational events and discussion groups provide non-material support.

Target Group

students and doctoral candidates of catholic faith with an excellent academic record, strong reflection skills and a commitment to standing up for the catholic faith and the Church

Academic Requirements

students and doctoral candidates


For scientific reasons, the doctorate can be funded for a maximum of 3 years; in the event of illness or child care, the funding period can be extended to a maximum of 4 years.
The duration of the funding for students is individually agreed.

Scholarship Value

  • The monthly amount is modelled after the BAföG grant and calculated depending on the income or assets of the candidate, the candidate's parents or spouse. In addition, a standard study cost allowance of 300 EUR per month is granted.
  • Doctoral candidates receive a monthly stipend of 1,350 EUR per month regardless of parental income plus a research cost allowance of 100 EUR as well as health care-, child- and family allowances, if required.

  • Cusanuswerk encourages the fellows to supplement their studies with a stay abroad during the funding period, and therefore supports studies, language courses, practical years, clinical traineeships, internships, study trips, research stays and specialist courses abroad.

Application Papers

Please find the application forms and further information on the application procedure here.

Application Deadline

The updated application deadlines may be found here.

Please select your status and your country of origin in order to be able to submit an application.

Status and / or country of origin not on these lists?If your status and / or country of origin is not on this list, you cannot apply for this funding programme. In order to only see funding programmes for which you can apply, please select your status and your country of origin in the list of results.