International Doctoral Candidates in Hannover

This website provides information adressing international doctoral candidates during different stages of their stay at LUH and in Hannover. General information on doctoral studies at Leibniz University Hannover, such as finding a supervisor or further details on the enrolment process can be found here.

Before you arrive

  • Funding for short-term stays

    DAAD short-term grants

    The primary aim of this programme is to promote research projects within the context of doctoral programmes. The scholarships are funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. You can apply if you have above-average qualifications.

    Funding is provided for one month to a maximum of six months.

    DAAD one-year grants

    The programme provides funding for a research project or continuing academic training at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education in Germany or a non-university research institute between 7 and a maximum of 12 months, which is being carried out in agreement with a supervisor in Germany.

    Funding provided by the Graduate Academy

    Funding opportunities for doctoral candidates at Leibniz University Hannover at the beginning of their doctorate. The maximum funding period is six months. 


    ILSSE is a program to fund the academic partnership between Germany and Isreal and the palestinian territories.

  • Funding for long-term stays

    DAAD doctoral studies grant

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards scholarships to international doctoral candidates who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Germany. Grants are initially awarded for one year. An extension may be requested every year, however, the maximum funding period is four years.

    Generally, doctoral candidates must submit their application from their home country. Doctoral candidates who have already stayed in Germany longer than 15 months are not eligible to apply.

    Doctoral grants and other funding opportunities

    Many foundations award doctoral grants to German and international doctoral candidates. Among other criteria, the personality of the doctoral candidate is a decisive factor in the selection process. Award criteria may vary depending on the organisation that awards the grant.

    Minerva Fellowship Programme

    The Minerva Fellowship Programme (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research) enables Israeli and German scientists to complete a research residency at institutions in the respective other country for a maximum of 24 months.

During the Stay

  • Admission and enrolment

    Formal admission to doctoral studies comprises two steps:

    • 1. Being accepted as a doctoral candidate by the faculty.
    • 2. Enrolling as a doctoral candidate at the Admissions Office.
  • Enrolling as a visiting doctoral candidate

    If you will be staying longer than one semester

    Doctoral candidates who will be staying in Hannover for one or two semesters may enrol as visiting doctoral candidates.

    In order to enrol, please complete the following two steps:

    • Please obtain a confirmation of acceptance as a visiting doctoral candidate issued by the faculty and signed by the dean.
    • After obtaining the signed confirmation, visiting doctoral candidates can enrol via the online form of the Admissions Office (first appearance in German, after registration the English option is available).


    If you will be staying less than one semester

    visitor’s pass can be obtained from the International Office, which can be used to:

    •     prove that you are a member of Leibniz University Hannover
    •     benefit from staff discounts at the cafeteria
    •     access the library


    Visiting doctoral candidates on a short-term research stay who are not eligible to enrol are covered via the university's accident insurance, provided that they perform similar tasks as regular members of staff. For this purpose, a formal request must be submitted to the Personnel and Legal Department (Dezernat 2) by the host institute.

At the end of your stay

  • Completion grants

    Funding Provided by the Graduate Academy

    The Graduate Academy awards grants to doctoral candidates at Leibniz University Hannover to support them during the final stages of completing their doctoral degree (Completion grant). The maximum funding period is six months.  


    Funding provided by the International Office

    International doctoral candidates who are in the final stages of completing their doctorate at Leibniz University Hannover are eligible to apply for a Completion grant. Grants will be awarded on the basis of academic qualification and social needs (Guidelines for the award of DAAD grants for doctoral degree completion). Grants are funded by the DAAD; the funding period is four to six months.


Lena Benjes
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Lena Benjes
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover