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Programme Description

The RLF is a political educational organisation closely affiliated with DIE LINKE (The Left Party) which awards scholarships to international students planning to obtain a doctorate or carry out a doctoral research stay in Germany. The sponsorship is based upon the Foundation’s political values: social justice and solidarity in particular.

Target Group

particularly gifted international doctoral candidates from any discipline (except for medical disciplines) and type of higher education institution with a promising topic for a doctoral thesis who can identify with and are committed to the democratic socialism and its values

Academic Requirements

  • admission to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany
  • proof of proficiency in German at a B2 level


2 years with the option to extend the period twice for 6 months for academic or technical reasons, and up to another year due to illness, disability or parental leave

Scholarship Value

  • Doctoral candidates receive a grant of 1,450 EUR each month plus a mobility allowance of 100 EUR and, if necessary, health care subsidies.

Application Papers

Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

This scholarship is disbursed in line with the regulations established by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The standard duration of the scholarship lasts two years, but can be extended for an additional semester up to two times in individual cases. Additional domestic or foreign doctoral funding will be subtracted from the duration of the scholarship.

Scholarships exclusively for completing an ongoing dissertation are not awarded. Scholarships cannot be awarded for dissertations being written part-time alongside other employment.

The doctoral scholarship is largely independent of one’s income and consists of 1350€ per month. Additional lump sum payments of 100€ to cover research costs and further health care subsidies are also available. Scholarship holders can also receive funding to cover stays abroad (for research, attending conferences, etc.).

Double funding (such as receiving two publicly funded scholarships simultaneously or receiving unemployment benefits along with the scholarship) is principally excluded.

Application Deadline

1 April and 1 October of each year

Application Requirements

  • enrolment at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany
  • supervision by a university lecturer in Germany
  • very good graduate degree
  • social engagement in line with the values of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • proficiency in German at a B2 level at least (proof required)

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