Technische Universität Berlin


Travel broadens the mind – particularly so within the research community. To help support their research work, TU Berlin offers its doctoral candidates a number of funding options for stays abroad. We provide information on the most important topics here - additionally we usually organize an event on these topics once a year as part of the International Week at TU Berlin.

The research database ELFI provides you with the opportunity to independently search for travel scholarships tailored to your own requirements.

New CJS Guide to International Mobility at the TU Berlin

Supporting the international mobility of doctoral researchers and postdocs is a central concern of the strategic advancement of junior scholars at TU Berlin. The Executive Board, central administration, faculties and academic chairs would like to support you in purposefully integrating stays abroad during your doctorate or postdoc. These most frequently occur in the context of international conferences and research and teaching stays at universities or comparable institutions abroad. This guide offers advice on financing options and other formal questions regarding stays abroad. A list of important service contacts at TU Berlin who are happy to advise you and answer your individual questions about international mobility is provided at the end of this document.

Center for Junior Scholars (CJS)

until November 2020 TU-DOC

+49 30 314 29622

+49 30 314 12329622

Office FH 5-5
Building FH
Address Fraunhoferstr. 33-36
10587 Berlin
Contact personJohannes Moes

DAAD travel grants for attending conferences

No matter how good they are, academic findings only achieve impact when published or made public. This includes the presentation of your findings at national and international conferences and workshops. You can apply to the DAAD’s Kongress- und Forschungsreisenprogramm for funding international research trips and participating in conferences abroad. You need to apply at least four months prior to the conference you wish to attend. Details, including options for obtaining funding to present findings abroad and attend international conferences, can be found on the DAAD website.

The DAAD database also provides information about other funding options. You may apply at any time for DAAD funding, but your applications must be received fours months before the start of the conference you wish to attend.

TU Berlin travel assistance for conferences

TU Berlin funds trips to attend conferences and congresses. Applications are welcome from all doctoral candidates and (employed) postdocs at TU Berlin. If you would like to apply for travel assistance, please contact the Center for Junior Scholars as soon as possible. There are no fixed application dates.

Funding is primarily provided for active participation (e.g. the presentation of a poster or a paper) at a conference. Should attending a conference be of particular benefit for the completion of a doctorate, funding may, under exceptional circumstances, also be provided even if you are not actively contributing.

Funding of up to EUR 800 is available. Funding is calculated on the basis of the costs incurred, with EUR 200 provided for participation alone.

Applicants are required to demonstrate the  relevance of the conference they wish to attend to their postdoc qualification objective   and provide appropriate proof that they are officially pursuing this objective.

Assurance must also be provided that no other funding is available, either from the academic chair’s budget or from project funding.

Funding for travel can normally only be provided once a year per person.

Before submitting an application, please check to see what other forms of funding are available, particularly those offered by the DAAD within its travel funding programs for presenting findings and attending congresses.

If you would like to apply for a TU Berlin travel grant,

you need to submit the following documents, initially by email:

  • Statement concerning the relevance for your own further qualification as a postdoc
  • Confirmation of your application to attend or registration, as well as further information about the conference (e.g. weblink)
  • Statement of costs showing different cost types
  • Proof of an active supervisory relationship. Please demonstrate how an active supervisory relationship contributes to your achieving your qualification goals.
  • Proof of TU Berlin employee status
  • Assurances provided by your doctoral supervisor that no other funding is available (e.g. from the academic chair’s budget, project funding, funding from research training group)

The Center for Junior Scholars may also require you to submit a hard copy of your application documents.

Should your funding be approved, you are required to submit a brief report to the Center for Junior Scholars on your participation in the conference (1 page maximum), including details of your own contribution and the conference’s academic benefits for your doctorate or research project.

Limited funding is also available from the Society of Friends of the TU Berlin for travel to conferences and congresses.


Study and research stays abroad

Short stays abroad for  teaching purposes at partner universities of TU Berlin in Europe can be funded  through the European Union’s  ERASMUS program. Applications can be submitted to the University’s Department of International Affairs (International Projects). For further details, please refer to the "Dozentenmobilität” prospectus. 

Please refer to  for scholarship programs in Europe

A number of institutes offer programs to support long-term study and research stays abroad. Levels of support vary from program to program and different selection procedures, application criteria, and deadlines apply. Depending on the program, the duration of a stay is generally between three and twelve months. Detailed information can be found on the following websites:

Short (subject-related) courses and language courses abroad

A number of partial scholarships funded by the DAAD’s PROMOS program are available to TU Berlin doctoral candidates wishing to attend short courses (subject-related) or language courses abroad.

Applications for scholarships for short courses can be submitted at any time. These courses must include a teaching element and can be funded for periods of at least five days and up to six weeks. Stays abroad can be funded for language courses lasting between three weeks and six months. For both categories, funding is only available for courses at state universities abroad

Funding can be obtained as a partial scholarship to cover subsistence costs of up to EUR 300-500 per month as well as a lump sum of EUR 500 to cover any course fees. Once an application has been approved by the selection committee, the exact sum will be calculated on the basis of the documents submitted. 

Requirements for application
Applications are welcome from doctoral candidates at TU Berlin (either doctoral students or members of staff). Applications can be submitted at any time (provided funding is available). Please contact us before submitting an application.

Application documents 
The following documents should be initially submitted by email: 

  1. Letter of motivation: The letter of motivation should not exceed two pages and explain how attending the course can benefit your doctorate or your further academic career. It needs to be countersigned by your supervisor.
  2. Proof of participation, or application or registration, for a short course as well as further details of the course content and fees.
  3. Proof of your status as doctoral candidate (copy of acceptance from the faculty or staff number).

Binational doctorates (cotutelle de thèse)

TU Berlin’s central doctoral regulations include the option of completing a binational doctorate via a cotutelle procedure. This refers to the awarding of a joint doctorate obtained by completing a doctoral thesis at two universities. The title of doctor is awarded in the form recognized in each country. For example, the title of Dr.rer.nat is awarded in Germany and a PhD in the United Kingdom.

TU Berlin currently maintains framework agreements for joint doctorates with the following universities:

For general information relating to cotutelle agreements, please refer to the website of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). If you are interested in doing a joint doctorate, please discuss this with your supervisor and contact the relevant person in your faculty service center.


Go International - Mobility Options for PhD Students and Postdocs - 23.09.21, 14.00-16.00