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BGTS Mobility Grants

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In cooperation with the Faculties of Business Administration and Economics, Mathematics and Physics and the Center for Mathematical Economics, the BGTS offers mobility grants to outstanding doctoral candidates, who are planning a short-time stay at another research institution. The aim of the grants is to further the candidates' doctoral projects and to build lasting contacts to international scientific collaboration partners.

Grants are awarded for research stays of at least one month. A limit of the duration is given by the maximal amount of the grants (see Benefits). The research stay shall be realized until the respective expiry date (see Application Deadline).

The BGTS Mobility Grant consists of a one-time award of up to 4000 € for reimbursement of travel costs and local expenses. Payment in advance is possible to a large extent. The grant holder is required to present proof of costs to the BGTS office. Costs not incurred have to be paid back, if an advance payment has been made. (Foreign) health insurance can not be reimbursed.

Eligible for application: Doctoral students in the BGTS. In justified exceptional cases also Master students who are in the final phase of their studies can be proposed by their Master supervisor. Persons who have received a BGTS Mobility Grant before are not eligible to apply again.

Current application deadline: 30 April 2024

Next deadline: 15 November 2024

Expiry date for using the grant:

Application deadline 15 November 2022: Grant can be used until 31 March 2024

Application deadline 31 May 2023: Grant can be used until 30 September 2024

Application deadline 15 November 2023: Grant can be used until 31 March 2025

Application deadline 30 April 2024: Grant can be used until 30 September 2025

Application deadline 15 November 2024: Grant can be used until 31 March 2026

Applications should contain one PDF file consisting of the following documents:

  • cover letter including research interests and the aims of the research stay, as well as the planned time frame
  • curriculum vitae
  • digital copies of certificates and transcripts
  • invitation from a scientist at a foreign university or research institute
  • confirmation by the host institute, that the necessary infrastructure for the planned research and studies will be available during the stay.
  • letter of recommendation from supervisor. For reasons of privacy, the letter should be sent to us by the supervisor directly (to

Please submit your application to the BGTS Office, e-mail:

After the research stay the grant holders are asked to submit a report to the BGTS office. The report shall be submitted not later than two months after the research stay and shall comprise one half to one DINA4 page.

The decision by the committee is final. Legal proceedings are barred. In the event of misuse, the grant has to be paid back. The grant may be withdrawn, if it is not used until the end of the respective expiry date (see Application Deadlines).

Mobility Grants Coffee Info Meeting

All BGTS members and particular doctoral students are welcome to participate in our one hour BGTS Mobility Grants Coffee Info Meeting on April 10 at 3:00 pm. The meeting will take place in V3-106.

Former grant holders will talk about their experiences during their Mobility Grants funded research stays. Also it is a good chance for you to ask them about organisational issues (VISA, how to find a hosting institution,..) and how they profited from their stay abroad in their academic path.

Of course, there will be coffee/tea and cookies!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the BGTS Office.

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