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How do I finance a conference trip or a publication?
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Apart from full scholarships to support doctoral candidates, there are institutions that will support you – irrespective of whether you are a grant holder – with subsidies towards your expenses for travelling, printing, or taking part in conferences. Other institutions specifically promote women in academic careers. We have also put together a selection of links to databases where you can search for financing options for your individual project.

Travel expenses

You will find information and links to foundations, funds and associations that grant subsidies or stipends towards working as a visiting researcher or towards travel expenses for seminars, conferences etc.

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  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena: ProChanceexchange
    Friedrich Schiller University Jena is committed to generating equal opportunities for women and men in academia. The objective of ProChanceexchange is to enhance the scientific interaction and increase the noticeability and scientific qualification of female researchers at Jena University. This objective is attained by providing funding for the participation in academic events, in which the applicant is a presenting author or leading to the enhancement of the applicant's scientific qualification. Eligible are female doctoral candidates at Jena University, as long as they are not employed by a non-university research institution. Applications may be submitted at any time, but at least six weeks prior to the date of intended utilisation of funding.
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Impulseconferences
    The programme IMPULSEconferences provides funding for the participation in scientific events in which the applicant is a presenting author. Eligible are doctoral candidates as well as postdocs at Jena University, as long as they are not employed by a non-university research institution. Applications may be submitted at any time, but at least six weeks prior to the date of intended utilization of funding.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers travel grants for conferences and more. Unfortunately, information about this funding option is only available in German.
  • Fazit Stiftung
    The Fazit Stiftung offers travel grants for doctoral candidates. Unfortunately, information about this funding option is only available in German.
  • Minerva Stiftung
    Minerva Short-Term Research Grants are available for all subject areas and are open to applicants from all research facilities (in Israel - public or governmental research institutes) and universities in Germany and Israel. Applicants should not be older than 38 years.
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  • Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (B.I.F.)
    The B.I.F. awards travel grants for young researchers pursuing experimental projects in basic biomedical research. Travel grants are awarded for short-term visits of up to 3 months. The B.I.F. do not support attendance of conferences, symposia and workshops without practical training.
  • Christoph-Dornier-Stiftung
    This foundation provides funding for young researchers in the area of clinical psychology, such as grants for research trips abroad or travel to conferences. Unfortunately, more information about this funding option is only available in German.
  • Max-Weber-Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (DGIA)
    Once a year the Max Weber Foundation offers Gerald D. Feldman travel grants to German academics with support of the Peters-Beer-Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The travel support aims to improve the professional opportunities for outstanding, internationally orientated academics in the humanities.
  • Weichmann-Stiftung
    This foundation funds research on political exile. It offers grants to fund trips to archives for doctoral candidates whose dissertation projects are already in an advanced state of completion. Unfortunately, more information about this funding option is only available in German.

Publication grants

Here is a list of links to foundations and organizations which offer publication grants for your dissertation or postdoctoral thesis.

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  • Deutscher Akademikerinnenbund
    The grants committee of the Deutscher Akademikerinnenbund (German Female Academics' Alliance) accepts applications for publication subsidies from female academics of all fields of study. The committee awards grants for academic publications done at a German publishing house (up to 500 euros) and also offers female academics the opportunity to have their dissertation published in the alliance's own series at the LIT Verlag (Münster/ Hamburg/ London) (without publication subsidies).
  • FAZIT-Stiftung
    This foundation offers publication grants for the mandatory copies of your dissertation or postdoctoral thesis if you have no chances of receiving funding from another source. In addition, you can also request a list of publishers which print dissertations for a relatively low price.
  • Gerda Weiler Stiftung
    The Gerda Weiler Foundation provides funding for feminist women's studies. It awards publication grants for research projects which fulfill the criteria of the foundation and which would otherwise not be published due to insufficient funding. Work in the following research areas is eligible for funding: anthropology, biology, history, art, medicine, music, philosophy, religion, social sciences, spirituality, linguistics and literary studies.
  • VG Wort
    The endowment fund of the German copyright collection society VG Wort provides funding for science and research, particularly through grants for the initial publication of academic monographs which would otherwise not be published due to their high degree of specialization and small print run. A committee composed equally of publishers and researchers uses strictly academic criteria to decide whether a publication can receive funding and, if approved how much.
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  • DZ Bank Stiftung
    The DZ BANK Foundation provides funding for outstanding academic projects with direct relevance for cooperatives and banking. Publication grants are among the possible forms of funding.
  • Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim - Stiftung für Geisteswissenschaften
    This foundation awards publication grants for scholarly publications in the humanities which have some connection to "the German-speaking world" in the broadest sense. The foundation only provides publication grants for dissertations which received a grade of summa cum laude or magna cum laude.
  • Georg Strecker Stiftung
    The Georg Strecker Stiftung is dedicated to promoting the field of theology. Among other forms of support, it offers publication grants for above-average academic achievements.
  • Johanna und Fritz Buch Stiftung
    The Johanna and Fritz Buch Foundation awards publication grants for dissertations and postdoctoral research projects in the humanities, the social sciences, and law.
  • Studienstiftung ius vivum
    This academic foundation provides rapid and unbureaucratic funding for academic work. Among other forms of funding, the foundation also awards publication grants.
  • More options to receive a publication grant (in German)


This page provides information on and links to foundations, endowment funds, and other organizations which offer funding for conferences.

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  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
    The Fritz Thyssen Foundation provides funding for small-scale conferences which deal with interdisciplinary issues or bring together international experts on a particular topic.
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Impulseconferences
    The programme provides funding for the participation in academic events in which the applicant is a presenting author.
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena: ProChanceexchange
    The programme supports academic acitivities and qualification of female researchers especially their participation in conferences.
  • VolkswagenStiftung
    The Volkswagen Foundation funds small-scale, interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, or workshops focusing on innovative topics.
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  • DZ-Bank
    This foundation supports conferences on topics with direct relevance for cooperatives and banking.
  • Fonds der chemischen Industrie
    The endowment fund of the German chemical industry funds selected international conferences in Germany. The organizers of the conferences can also apply for travel stipends for international participants.

Financial support for women

Only few foundations focus primarily on promoting young female researchers. However, most DFG programmes include measures that aim at establishing equal opportunities, such as the extension option for scholarships granted to parents or financial support for childcare.

Below you will find a number of foundations that support women. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena also has its own programme to promote women in academia. For more information on doing a doctorate with children, click here.

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ProChance – Programme for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Science

The ProChance programme supports the scientific activity and qualification of female researchers. The aim of the ProChanceexchange programme line is to provide financial support for short research stays, publication costs and participation in workshops and summer schools. Within the framework of the ProChancecareer programme line, funding can be applied for to carry out research projects or organise conferences, for mobility (e.g. for stays abroad), for planned third-party funding and for academic leave.

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  • Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation
    The Foundation promotes talented female researchers with children and is particularly aimed at postgraduate and postdoctoral students of experimental natural sciences or medicine.
  • Deutscher Akademikerinnen Bund e. V.
    Female academics of all subject fields are supported, especially with regard to publications and achievements, by the provision of awards. The association provides support without consideration for politics, religion, nationality or age. Female students are also invited to apply for support.
  • UNESCO-L'Oréal promotional programme for researchers with children
    Every year, the UNESCO-L'Oréal Support Programme in Germany supports three outstanding female PhD candidates with children. The programm is for young scientists in experimental life sciences or medicine. The yearly support amounts to max. 20000 EUR for each PhD candidate.


Most databases that will help you find full scholarships will also contain information on where to apply for one-off subsidies. Two databases even provide an option to search explicitly for additional financing options for doctoral candidates:

  • Servicestelle für Elektronische Forschungsförderinformationen (ELFI)
    This database is run by the "Service Centre for Electronic Information on the Promotion of Research" (Servicestelle für Elektronische Forschungsförderinformationen). You can run a dedicated search for additional allowances, such as subsidies towards printing, travel or organising conferences.
  • Stipendienlotse des BMBF
    The "Scholarship Pilot" (Stipendienlotse) is run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and provides an option to search for "Costs of material and travel". The database is available in German only.
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