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Financing & Legal issues

How do I finance a doctorate? What else do I need to know?
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Financing your doctoral degree is closely related to the type of doctorate you have decided on. The most common forms of financing a doctorate are: as an academic employee, via a doctorate scholarship, by being accepted into a structured doctorate programme or by doing an extra-occupational doctorate. In addition to ensuring your financial subsistence, you may be eligible for certain additional subsidies, such as grants to help you complete your degree, or subsidies towards printing costs, travel expenses or seminar costs.

If you have general questions regarding your doctorate or your personal financing strategy, feel free to arrange an appointment at the Welcome and Service Desk.

The type of financing that you opt for will have consequences on your insurance status. For instance, holders of a grant must arrange their own health insurance. Irrespective of the type of financing, some of the costs arising from your doctorate are tax-deductible.

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Financing your doctorate
What ways are there for financing a doctorate?
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Structured doctoral programmes
What structured doctoral programmes are there in Jena?
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Doctorate scholarships
What scholarships are available? How do I find a suitable one?
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Support for research stays abroad
How do I finance a research stay abroad?
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Completing a doctorate
How do I find funding to complete my doctorate?
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More financing options
How do I finance a conference trip or a publication?
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What kind of law is the academic employment law? How does it affect me?
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Doctoral examination regulations
Where do I find doctoral examination regulations of my faculty?
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Health insurance & tax declaration
What insurance do I need? How do I save taxes?
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Funding schemes of Jena University
Scholarships, material and travel cost support as well as mentoring programmes for doctoral candidates and postdocs