Doctoral Scholarship Program

Doctoral Scholarship Program

"Unsere Besten promovieren in Rostock"

The University of Rostock offers its own doctoral scholarship program to support early career researcher. The aim of the program is to enable graduates with outstanding study and examination results to enter directly into an academic career at the University of Rostock and to offer them the most effective support during the qualification phase.

Object of funding

Financed are doctorates at the University of Rostock, which are supervised by a member of the University of Rostock. Subject to the budget funds available, up to nine doctoral scholarships are awarded each year. There is no entitlement to funding.

Eligible for funding are only graduates (of the summer semester and the previous winter semester) who have completed their studies at the University of Rostock as the best student of their year (best final grade) and who are aiming to realize a doctoral project. The topic of the doctoral thesis can be chosen freely. The available scholarships will be awarded among those eligible for funding in accordance with a distribution key to be determined by the Rectorate, by which the scholarships are distributed among the faculties, and on the basis of the expression of interest and the award recommendation of the respective faculty.

Duration and scope of funding
  • Standard funding period: 42 months (after successful interim evaluation)
  • Scholarship amount: 1,500 € (without subsidy for material costs)
  • If the conditions are met, a supplemantary allowance of €150 for each first child and €100 for each additional child per month is paid.
  • An interruption due to parenthood or care of family members is possible.
  • Scholars of the program "Unsere Besten promovieren in Rostock" become members of the Graduate Academy and benefit from the Academy's support and networking opportunities.
  • The granting of a fellowship is subject to the availability of the promised funds of the University of Rostock. Legal action is excluded. There is no legal claim to the granting of a fellowship.
Documents to be submitted

Completed and signed declaration of interest declaration of interest of the graduate (data protection information).
The form is to be used for the expression of interest and supplemented with the documents required there (curriculum vitae in table form; university degree certificate, if necessary further evidence of studies, examinations and/or other scientific achievements).

The documents are to be sent in electronic form (preferably in pdf format) by e-mail to promotionsstipendienprogrammuni-rostockde.

Requirements for the awarding of scholarships
  • The documents submitted by graduates are passed on within the decision-making bodies involved. Grantees agree that their name and research topic may be mentioned in the context of reporting on the doctoral scholarship program. This includes, for example, mentioning them on the university's homepage and in other press articles.
  • By submitting an application, graduates declare their binding agreement with the mentioned funding criteria. They are free to withdraw their application at any time or to cancel or return a grant. Such withdrawal must be made in writing to the university management.
  • Graduates conclude a scholarship agreement with the University of Rostock based on the University of Rostock's statutes for the award of graduate scholarships and research grants dated June 16, 2017. Only the mutual signing of the scholarship agreement constitutes a commitment to receive funding. Thus, the conclusion of a scholarship agreement between the applicant and the University of Rostock is a binding prerequisite for receiving a scholarship/grant.
To be considered under the scholarship agreement

The funding will be transferred to the account to be specified in the case of funding on the 1st of the respective month. The earliest month of sponsorship is January p.a. In order to be able to start the doctoral fellowship, the selected graduates must:

  •  be enrolled for doctoral studies at the University of Rostock
  •  be scientifically supervised by a professor or university lecturer of the University of Rostock and conclude a supervision agreement with the supervisor according to the recommendations of the DFG (see sample of the Graduate Academy)

If a grant approval is obtained on the basis of incorrect information, the University of Rostock can terminate the grant contract immediately. The amounts paid until then are to be repaid in full within three months. Also grossly negligent behaviour that endangers the completion of the qualification project will lead to the premature termination of the grant.

The scholarship agreement to be concluded also includes the obligation of the fellows to participate in the evaluation of the program as well as in reporting.

a) Interim evaluation:

The interim evaluation for the extension of the scholarship will take place in the funding month 23 (8 weeks before the end of the funding period) and will include a work report, which will show the factual and temporal course of the work to date and a work and time schedule for the solution of outstanding problems. The project supervisor will submit a written statement on the work report in which the work performed so far is evaluated and the feasibility of the project within the standard funding period (42 months) is assessed.

Guidelines for the work report on the interim evaluation:

  •     approx. 5-10 pages
  •     the report should be self-explanatory
  • Outline:
    1. introduction to the topic/objective of the project (maximum 1 page)
    2. presentation of the results so far in comparison to the planning/conceptual design in the original application
    3. justification/ discussion of deviations from the original plan
    4. time and work plan as Gantt chart (original work plan and changes)
    5. publications

After a successful interim evaluation, the scholarship is granted for a further 18 months. The decision as to whether the doctoral candidate is qualified and whether his/her project is eligible for funding is made by the university management with the support of the Awards Committee for the State Graduate Funding Program and in cooperation with the relevant faculties.

b) Reporting and information obligations after the end of funding:

After the end of funding, the scholar shall submit a written confirmation from the department to the university management no later than one month after the end of funding that he or she has submitted the research paper.

If the scholar is unable to submit the paper, he/she must explain the reasons for this and comment on the intended progress of the work. In this case, the scholar must report in writing to the university management on the progress of the work until the submission of the doctoral thesis up to a maximum of three years after the end of the support, on an annual basis and by a date to be determined by the management. The supervisor of the scientific project shall comment on each report.

If the scholar does not comply with their reporting obligations, the university management may reclaim the scholarship in whole or in part.

Procedure and eligibility criteria

Docroral scholarships are announced once a year at the end of the summer semester.

The Rectorate decides annually in advance of the announcement how much money will be made available for the doctoral scholarship program of the University of Rostock and how the total number of scholarships will be distributed among the individual faculties of the University of Rostock.

By 15.10. of each year, the faculties submit the best students of the individual courses of study (best graduation grade, Master's/teaching degree) to the university management. In the case that the best graduation grade has been awarded more than once, the faculties should determine and apply auxiliary criteria for determining the best graduate on their own responsibility.

The best graduates will then receive a letter from the Rector asking them to re-register. The feedback from the graduates is passed on to the faculties.

The faculties select the person(s) to be awarded a doctoral scholarship according to the number of scholarships assigned to them. The decisions of the faculties are forwarded to the university management with the request for approval. The interested parties nominated by the faculties will receive an offer for a doctoral fellowship. All others will receive a rejection at the same time, which will not be justified. In the event of rejection by other selected applicants, there is no provision for a replacement.

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"Unsere Besten" - current doctoral candidates

Faculty for Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology

Florian Mach

Doctoral thesis subject: Wissenschaftliche Bewertung des Potentials von Wasserstoffmotoren für die Energiewende

Beginning of funding: 01/2022

E-mail: florian.mach(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Buchholz


Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Richard Altenkirch

Doctoral thesis subject: Ultrafast imaging of intense laser-matter interactions

Beginning of funding: 03/2022

E-mail: richard.altenkirch(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Fennel


Vivian Fischbach

Doctoral thesis subject: Integrative approach to the analysis of the ecology and morphology of keystone Baltic Sea fish species

Beginning of funding: 01/2022

E-mail: vivian.fischbach(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schubert 


Jasmina Gebert

Doctoral thesis subject: Funktionelle Charakterisierung der Vibrissen von Robben (Pinnipedia)

Beginning of funding: 01/2023

E-mail: jasmina.gebert(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guido Dehnhardt

Elisabeth Anne Herzig

Doctoral thesis subject: Analyse und Charakterisierung der Elektronenemission aus metallenen Nanospitzen und Oberflächen bei Anregung durch Einzelzyklenpulsen mit quantenmechanischen und semi-klassischen numerischen Simulationen 

Beginning of funding: 03/2023

E-mail: elisabeth.herzig(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Fennel

Yannic Pilopp

Doctoral thesis subject: Weiterführende Untersuchungen zu Biradikaloiden der 15. Gruppe

Beginning of funding: 03/2022

E-mail: yannic.pilopp(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Schulz

Laura-Marie Sandow

Doctoral thesis subject: Das Vibrissensystem der Robben als aerodynamisches Rezeptorsystem

Beginning of funding: 01/2020

E-mail: laura-marie.sandow(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guido Dehnhardt

Tim Völzer

Doctoral thesis subject: Exzitonendynamik in atomarer dünnen Schicht von Übergangsmetall-Dichalkogeniden

Beginning of funding: 06/2019

E-mail: tim.voelzer(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Lochbrunner

University Medical Center

Sophie-Charlotte Nelz

Doctoral thesis subject: Translationale Evaluierung zellbasierter Inflammationsmodelle für Störungen der Bluthirnschranke bei Organversagen

Beginning of funding: 02/2022

E-mail: charlotte.nelz(at)

Supervisor: apl. Prof. Martin Sauer


Tim Pannek

Doctoral thesis subject: Entwicklung von Arzneimitteln für die immun-metastatische Reprogrammierung

Beginning of funding: 02/2023

E-mail: tim.pannek(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. Brigitte M. Pützer

Faculty of Law

Julia Flatt

Doctoral thesis subject: Datenschutzaufsicht durch Produktwarnungen?

Beginning of funding: 01/2022

E-mail: julia.flatt(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jörn Lüdemann


Faculty of Humanities

Anna Hanf

Doctoral thesis subject: Förderung interkultureller Kompetenz in der beruflichen Bildung

Beginning of funding: 02/2021

E-mail: anna.hanf(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Franz Kaiser

Heike Hausmann

Doctoral thesis subject: Der Freiheitsbegriff in der deutschen Tagesberichterstattung zur Corona-Pandemie. Eine Rekonstruktion verwendeter Konzepte unter Anwendung der dokumentarischen Methode.

Beginning of funding: 03/2022

E-mail: heike.hausmannuni-rostockde

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer

Silvia Holm

Doctoral thesis subject: Die Sukzessionsproblematik im römischen Palastkaisertum - im Spannungsfeld von Dynastie und Meritokratie vom 5. bis in das 7. Jahrhundert

Beginning of funding: 02/2023

E-mail: silvia.holm(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Henning Börm


Henning Martens

Doctoral thesis subject: Untersuchung sprachlicher Aspekte in Text-Bild-Verbindungen

Beginning of funding: 02/2019

E-mail: henning.martens(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karl Heinz Ramers

Lisa Marie Pardemann

Doctoral thesis subject: Kleine Wunder ganz groß - Eine Untersuchung zur Entwicklung der Groß- und Kleinschreibung in der frühneuhochdeutschen Wunderzeichenliteratur

Beginning of funding: 01/2020

E-mail: lisa.pardemann(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ursula Götz

Kristina Weber

Doctoral thesis subject: Asexuality in Anglophone Postcolonial Literature

Beginning of funding: 01/2020


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitt-Kilb

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences

Sonja Molina

Doctoral thesis subject: Triple Win? Anwerbung, Ausbildung und Integration vietnamesischer Arbeitskräfte für die
Gesundheits- und Krankenpflege in Deutschland

Beginning of funding: 01/2022

E-mail: sonja.molina(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jörn Dosch


Carolin Roth

Doctoral thesis subject: Die museale Erinnerungskultur anhand der südkoreanischen Demokratisierungsbewegungen des 20. Jahrhunderts im Vergleich der Städte Seoul, Gwangju und Busan

Beginning of funding: 02/2023

E-mail: carolin.roth(at)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jörn Dosch

"Unsere Besten" -abgeschlossene Promotionsverfahren

Title Surname First name Date of award of academic title Link to the research database
Dr. rer. nat. Marienhagen Philipp 20.07.2022
Dr. agr. Pasch Johannes 14.12.2022
Dr. rer. nat. Eickhoff Liesa 26.07.2023
Dr.-Ing. Herrmann Hans 09.10.2023
Dr. rer. pol. Maschke Alexander 10.01.2024
Dr. rer. nat. Jürß Hannah 31.01.2024  


Pro-Rector for Research, Talent Development and Equal Opportunities


Corina Reinheckel
Adviser of the Pro-Rector for Research, Talent Development and Equal Opportunities

Phone: +49 381 498-1022
E-mail: pftuni-rostockde

Stabsstelle für Hochschul- und Qualitätsentwicklung HQE

Susanne Engler


Phone: +49 381 498-1026
E-mail: susanne.engler(at)

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