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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.

Application Requirements

  • excellent academic merit in the respective subject area and an interest in an interdisciplinary approach

  • strong sense of social responsibility, volunteer work, creativity and open-mindedness, reflective skills

  • membership in the catholic Church (applicants who are members of an non-united orthodox or an oriental-orthodox Church may be admitted after individual assessment), living the Christian faith and being ready to play an active part in shaping the Church

  • German citizenship; international applicants may be admitted to the selection process, if they are eligible for financial support as per BAföG § 8, 1-3, the German Federal Training Assistance Act
  • please note: this is to assess a general eligibility for support according to BAföG regulations, it is not about the entitlement to financial aid of an individual applicant on the basis of their parents’ income!

  • at least C1-level (CEFR) language skills in German

  • Abitur or higher-education entrance qualification, which enables the holder to study at a German state or state-recognised higher-education institution

  • enrolment certificate

For further details on requirements for application please check here.


Baumschulallee 5
53115 Bonn

Tel.: 0228/98384-27


Please also take note of our important scholarship information.