Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation (IRO)

The scholarship:

Students can choose their research topic from any of the following areas. However, the students can choose any other topic of their choice provided  they provide a one page statement of interest that clearly shows their motivation:

 Scholarship value:

This scholarship pays € 1,383/month and additional € 200/month per child if you have a family. It also takes care of the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Health Insurance coverage
  • Flight Tickets after completion of the PhD program


  1. The applicant must be a citizen of a developing country
  2.  There is an age limit is 35 years of age. Priority is given to young students under 30 years of age.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate having achieved excellent academic results.
  4. The applicant must demonstrate willingness to contribute to development cooperation by submitting a one-page, written motivation that answers the following key questions:
    a) How will your research contribute to sustainable development in your country or another developing country via direct intervention or critical reflection?
    b) How will the results of your research have an impact on sustainable human oriented development?
    c) How will your research contribute to the quality and and the capcity-building of the organisation where you will work in the South?
  5. Women are encouraged to apply for the doctoral scholarship. With all things being equal in terms of academic background, evaluation and ranking by the faculty and the IRO Council with regard to two or more applicants considered for the scholarship, preference would be given to the female candidate.

Application Information

Please visit the program website for application form and other information

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