Programme Description

The Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) is one of the 13 foundations for the development of talent which are supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Studienwerk specifically promotes talented Jewish students and doctoral candidates. ELES stands for a pluralistic, liberal and confident Judaism with a sense of its own history.

Technically qualified Jewish doctoral candidates in all disciplines and concentrations (except medicine) are eligible for funding by ELES. Moreover, non-Jewish PhD students of any nationality are invited to apply, provided that they propose a research project focusing on a Jewish subject.
Candidates are expected to submit an innovative doctoral project of exceptional scientific quality which must be concluded within a range of three years and effective academic mentoring which is suitable for the candidate as well as for the project.

In addition to having an outstanding academic record, applicants are actively involved in, i.e., the Jewish community, the social field, youth work, student organisations or their social environment. Furthermore, they should keep in regular contact with the liaison lecturer and actively participate in the scholarship’s non-material services, activities and organisations as well as – after the programme has ended – join and contribute to the alumni network of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.

Target Group

technically qualified Jewish doctoral candidates in all disciplines and concentrations (except medicine) and non-Jewish PhD students who propose a research project focusing on a Jewish subject

Academic Requirements

  • admission to a doctoral programme at a state or state-recognized institution of higher education in Germany or, if the applicant holds German citizenship, in a EU member state or Switzerland
  • in justified cases doctoral programmes at a higher-education institution in an extra-European country may be funded


The doctoral scholarships are generally awarded over a standard period of two years. In exceptional cases, however, scholars may apply for the funding to be renewed twice for six months at a time.

Scholarship Value

  • financial support
  • non-material support
  • comprehensive mentoring of the scholars with the aim of promoting academic excellence and fostering personal growth

Application Papers

Please find the application form as well as any detailed information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

Deadlines for scholarship application are 30 April for admission on 1 October of the same year and 31 October for admission to the programme starting 1 April of the following year.

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