Qualification Fund for Young Researchers

Financial support for academic qualification

The Graduate School provides funding for a range of qualification measures from the Qualification Fund (so far so-called Nachwuchsfoerderfonds - NWF). You can, for example, apply for funding if you wish to take part in a conference, are planning a short-term research trip or want to organise a conference yourself. The total amount of funding per year can be up to 4,000 euros per person.

Please follow the navigation below to learn about your personal funding options.

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For the actual funding of a qualification measure from the qualification fund, the employment regulations for employees valid at the time of the measure at Leuphana University of Lüneburg regarding travel during the Corona pandemic apply analogously.

Funding opportunities for doctoral students

Doctoral students at Leuphana University of Lüneburg can apply for funding from the Qualification Fund (so far so-called Nachwuchsfoerderfonds - NWF) for training courses and other development measures. The total amount of funding per year can be up to 2,600 euros per person.

The basic condition for funding is that the applicant has been admitted to a doctorate at Leuphana at the time of the funding measure in question. Further criteria and more information can be found in the funding guidelines and the relevant application form.

CategorySponsorship MeasureFunding AmountApplication Form

Presenting and networking

Active participation in conferencesGermany: up to EUR 600
Europe: up to EUR 800
International: up to EUR 1,300

Application [pdf]

Presenting and networking

Participation in conferencesUp to EUR 400Application [pdf]

Educating and networking

Participation in Summer / Autumn / Winter / Spring SchoolsGen. 50% of the costs, up to EUR 1,000Application [pdf]

Researching and networking

Short-term research tripsUsually only travel expenses, up to EUR 1,000Application [pdf]

Funding opportunities for postdocs

Under certain conditions, postdoctoral researchers can access financial support for qualification measures from the Qualification Fund (so far so-called Nachwuchsfoerderfonds - NWF). The total amount of funding per year can be up to 4,000 euros per person.

You can apply for funding if you are a postdoc who is employed at Leuphana or holds a Leuphana scholarship. Further criteria and more information can be found in the funding guidelines and the relevant application form.

CategorySponsorship MeasureFunding AmountApplication Forms
Presenting and networkingActive participation in conferences

Germany: up to EUR 600

Europe: up to EUR 800

International: up to EUR 1,300

Application [pdf]
Presenting and networkingParticipation in a Summer / Autumn / Winter / Spring SchoolsGen. 50% of the costs, up to EUR 1,000Application [pdf]
Researching and networkingShort-term research tripsUsually only travel expenses, up to EUR 1,000Application [pdf]
Researching and networking "at home"Organization of conferences at LeuphanaUp to EUR 2,000Application [pdf]

Application deadlines

The following applies in principle:
Your application for funding must be received in paper form at the Graduate School before the funding measure begins!

You can hand in your application in person on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 12:30 p.m. or you can send your application by (internal) mail.

Please note additionaly:
In accordance with the Funding Regulations  - cf. letters b) and c) -, an application submitted by email can only be considered to be on time if it is submitted in complete form and before the project / the measure (e.g. participating at a conference) has started and has arrived in paper form no later than two days following the end of the appropriate round of funding.

The funding decision on applications received by the following deadlines will be made 6 to 8 weeks after the end of these deadlines:

January 15, 12 o’clock
May 15, 12 o’clock

September 15, 12 o’clock

Should the 15th be a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the period ends at the next working day by 12 o’clock.

Contact Qualification Fund

Graduate School
Qualification Fund
Universitätsallee 1, C14.124
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677- 2402
gradschool.qf@leuphana.de