Online Application Portal

As part of the Excellence Initiative funding for young researchers, the Humboldt-Universität grants scholarships to tackle the difficult transition period from Master’s to doctorate and from doctorate to post-doc. Before you start the application process, please carefully read the requirements:

Humboldt Research Track Scholarship

The six-months scholarship is aimed at outstanding Master’s students as well as graduates who plan to pursue a doctorate and helps recipients to prepare for their doctoral thesis. If the Master's degree (or equivalent) wasn't obtained within the last six months prior to the date of application, you need to give reasons why you still qualify for a start-up funding. More

Humboldt Post-Doc Scholarship (only for doctoral candidates of Humboldt-Universität)

The scholarship is aimed at excellent researchers who either already hold a doctoral degree from Humboldt-Universität or are about to complete their doctorate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and who wish to prepare a postdoctoral research project.

The scholarships are awarded four times a year. The application deadlines are 15 January, 15 May, 15 July and 15 October. Please note: We only accept online applications. The application portal will be opened about 6 weeks before the application deadline.

This explains how to use the portal:


  1. Register to create your user account.
  2. Confirm your e-mail address by clicking on the activation link in the email you received.
  3. Set a password and fill in your profile.
  4. Click the apply link in the dark blue menu and fill in all required fields.
  5. Submit your application.