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100 Hans Böckler Foundation PhD Positionsfor International Students in Germany, 2020

The Hans Böckler Foundation is now accepting applications for a PhD scholarship to promote research and studies. The HSB awards scholarships to doctoral students with outstanding academic gifts who show commitment to labor unions or socio-political issues.

The Hans Böckler Foundation is the DGB’s co-determination, research and study promotion program. It is committed in all its fields of co-determination as a design principle of a democratic society. It promotes this idea, supports mandate holders in co-determination functions and advocates extended co-determination rights.



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Great offer for international students to study in Germany.

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Why should apply for this programme? By joining this position, candidates will access new research skills and advance knowledge in any interesting field. The university environment promotes cross-disciplinary thinking and research and makes it easy to approach and collaborate with experts on just about any topic.

Application Deadline: Application deadlines are April 15th and October 15th of every year.

Brief Description

  • Course Level: PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: The studentships are awarded in any discipline offered.
  • Number of Awards: About 120 scholarships per year
  • Nationality: International applicants
  • The award can be taken in Germany


  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities
  • Target Group: Particularly gifted doctoral candidates in any discipline who propose a promising doctoral project and show commitment to labour unions or socio-political issues
  • Doctoral candidates in any discipline who are enrolled at German institutions of higher education, also in programmes such as graduate schools or junior researcher groups, are encouraged to apply.
  • Academic Requirements: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the opportunity :
  • Admission to post-graduate studies at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education in Germany

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How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To apply for this opportunity, candidates are required to take part in a PhD degree program. After that, complete the application Form. Applications for promotion can be submitted directly to the foundation at any time.
  • Supporting Documents: The application should contain the following documents in duplicate (union members please triple), including a sentence with a certified certificate, the other sentences in photocopies:
  • A formless application for a doctorate scholarship with a well-founded presentation of the motivation for the doctorate and the motivation for the application at the Hans Böckler Foundation
  • Application form (filled out and printed on the computer, no notes!)
  • CV, tabular and detailed
  • certified examination certificate, which is entitled to a doctorate (a certificate and simple copies)
  • Description of the project (outline) with work schedule, schedule, and outline (max. Ten pages)
  • Bibliography


Amount of scholarship: Every year the HSB assigns about 100 grants. The scholars are paid EUR 1,350 per month plus a research cost allowance as well as family- and child allowances, if necessary. Comprehensive non-material support is also part of the program.

  • Doctoral students currently receive a grant of EUR 1,350 per month, plus a research cost allowance of EUR 100
  • Stays abroad may be financed by means of a foreign residence allowance and contributions to travel costs and tuition fees.
  • Non-material support in the form of seminars, events, networking meetings etc.

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