Study In Germany: 2023 University of Bonn Argelander Scholarships for Developing Countries

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University of Bonn Argelander Scholarships is to provide funding for doctoral candidates from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia in order to promote scientific exchange with partners, particularly in regions that have been relatively marginalized in terms of scientific production and to promote international cooperation in the priority regions indicated in the partnership strategy.


The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months.

Applications are open for the Argelander Scholarships for doctoral candidates from universities in the Global South.

University of Bonn Argelander Scholarships Details:

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This funding line is intended to intensify collaborations between scientists in Bonn and their partners in the above- mentioned regions, and expand such collaborations with respect to the promotion of early-career researchers.

When the application is submitted, a formal or informal cooperation agreement should already exist between the home institute of the doctoral candidate and the host institute in Bonn. The host researchers in Bonn act as applicants.

Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the scholarship, you must see below:

Preference is given to international doctoral candidates pursuing a doctoral degree at a university or a research institute in Africa, Latin America or Asia.

Doctoral candidates who are already pursuing their Ph.D. at the University of Bonn are not eligible for funding. Recipients of funding should finish their doctorates at their home university (to avoid brain drain).

Project proposals are evaluated in two categories:

  1. Academic Quality and Mutual Benefit: quality of the research project to be worked on during the stay in Bonn;  relevance of the research topic to developments in the region of origin; scholars’s contribution to academic life in Bonn (e.g. via public lectures, seminars or colloquiums); scholars’s integration into the host institute (place of work, integration into existing teaching and research activities) and into an effective supervision concept
  2. Strategic Relevance and Potential for Future Cooperation: Intensity of the existing cooperation; plans for long-term research relationships between the scholar and the host institute in Bonn; connection to Bonn’s research profile ; how the research will be shared with broader academic communities

In the case of a tie between two proposals, preference will be given to the project with a higher score in the category ‘academic quality and mutual benefit’.

Selection Process

  • Pre-assessment: anonymous by independent experts from the University of Bonn
  • Final decision: a committee made up of representatives from all of University of Bonn’s faculties will discuss the shortlist and select the fellowships.
  • Depending on the requested amounts, up to five projects can be funded
  • Approval rate 2021: 8 proposals, 4 grants

Scholarship Duration and Reward

The funding can cover the following:

  • A travel allowance (depending on country of origin)
  • A scholarship of €1,500 per month (additional funds for accompanying family members: up to €300 for a spouse and €250 per child)
  • A research expense allowance of up to €300 per month that can be submitted to the International Office after the scholarship has been awarded. Information on applying for the allowance will be provided with your scholarship award.

The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months. When calculating costs, please note the instructions in the financing plan (and use the following Excel table, download here).

How to Apply

The application must be submitted by a full-time professor from the University of Bonn. Up to two applications per host/professor can be considered.The doctoral candidates must submit a signed motivational letter.

Use the link below to apply

The Application Deadline is 1st May 2023

Study In Germany: 2023 University of Bonn Argelander Scholarships for Developing Countries


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