GGG Emergency Grant

Application any time

The Goettingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG) offers up to two Emergency Grants each year for PhD students of social sciences finding themselves in a state of urgent serious difficulties due to unpredictable circumstances.
Even the best doctoral candidate can be afflicted by incidents like delay due to external reasons, unpredictable methodological problems, social or health strains or incalculable loss of financing (i.e. war in home country). In order to continuously support doctoral candidates with their project and to enable successful completion of their doctorate even under such circumstances, the GGG has set up an Emergency Grant.
With joint efforts of the PhD student, their supervisors and the graduate school, the critical situation should thus soon be overcome.


  • to lower the drop-out risk
  • to lessen the prolongation of the PhD process due to financial distress and thus additional workload
  • to counterbalance disadvantages (e.g. for parents, PhD students from less well-off families, PhD students without a permanent residence permit, and so on)
  • to handle an emergency or critical situation with a cooperation between the PhD student, their supervisors and the graduate school

The grant covers a monthly funding of 1.200 Euro (plus 400 Euro for one child, plus 100 Euro for each additional child) per month, for a duration of four to six months. These funds are granted according to the Guidelines for Granting Stipends of the Georg-August-University ("Richtlinie zur Vergabe von Stipendien an der Universität Göttingen").
You can file applications at any time for the subsequent nine months.

Requirements for application are:

  • Admission as PhD student at Göttingen University and membership in GGG
  • Occurrence of an emergency or critical situation (defined as sudden, unplanned and unpredictable, and urgent incident or situation not caused by the PhD student) that needs to be dealt with in order to successfully complete or continue the PhD project and/or get into the post-doc phase
  • Promising PhD project (assessment by supervisors and (if necessary) external assessment)
  • Statement on planned and initiated steps to handle the emergency or critical situation by PhD student and supervisors (technical, methodological, integration into scientific community, financial part if applicable)
  • Willingness of the PhD student to attend a selection interview and to hand in a short written report to GGG at max. 3 months after the end of the funding period
  • Other funding possibilities are not available or already exhausted (participants of PhD programs that offer financial support (e.g. DFG) may only apply in case their program cannot support them - please include a statement). Partial funding is possible.

Selection criteria:

  • Basis of selection is the definition of an emergency as an incident that is not self-inflicted, not planned or foreseeable, and urgent
  • background and development of the emergency or critical situation is comprehensible and solution strategy and contribution of both the PhD student and their supervisor are viable
  • selection by means of diversity-relevant categories (according to "Family-friendly University", diversity management, general equality law)
  • consideration of the partner´s income for (the amount of) funding

Various factors will be taken into account for assessing the emergency or critical situation. The more and graver factors are acknowledged for a case, the higher the chances to receive a grant. For your application, please document all contributing factors in a comprehensible way.

Diversity Factors EN

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • Application form for this grant as word or pdf
  • Questionnaire of GGG to update your data
  • resume in table form and diplomas achieved so far (copy)
  • statement of need (4 pages max) including the following information:
    • beginning and development of your thesis until now, state of supervision, financing until now
    • occurrence of an emergency or critical situation (How did this happen? To what extent did is happen suddenly, unplanned and unpredictable? Which options of a solution are possible? Which steps are done already? Who is involved in finding a solution (notably the supervision)?)
    • income of the family and financial support as parents
    • if any: description of additional reasons (like child care responsibility, social background, disability or illness, family situation, residence permit status, need of assistance)
    • additional scientific reasons for receiving the grant (e.g. Cotutelle)
  • table of contents of the dissertation that shows the current state of the working progress (finished parts, parts who need to be reviewed, parts that are missing?)
  • work schedule for the period of financial funding
  • statement of your supervision, including information on the need and the priority of the GGG-Support. It should be mentioned what the supervision is doing to solve the problem or, why it is not possible to help. It also should tell us in a realistic manner, if and until when the dissertation will be finished and give us an evaluation of how the PhD project would profit from this funding.
  • confirmation as PhD student from your faculty or the students office (copy)

Each PhD student that is a member of GGG can apply for this funding option. Application can be sent via mail or e-mail (in pdf) to: Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG), Historische Sternwarte, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen,