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Schmittmann Wahlen Foundation Grants Two Year-Doctoral Scholarship

As in previous years, in 2016 the University of Cologne, together with the Schmittmann Wahlen Foundation, awards one doctoral stipend. The scholarship is granted to honor the memory of the former university professor Benedikt Schmittmann (1872-1939). Information on the vitae of Benedikt and Helene Schmittmann can be found at (in German). 

Who can apply?

Eligible are graduates of the University of Cologne who received above average marks. The foundation wishes to promote socially committed, unconventional thinkers with a profound interest in political and societal matters. Thus, social activity and critical thinking will be an important criterion in the selection process, together with financial need.

Amount and duration of the scholarship

1.500 euros per month for a period of two years. Start of payment will be February 1, 2018.


Candidates must be proposed by a professor of the University of Cologne who will be the supervisor of their doctoral dissertation. It is not possible to apply directly.

Proposals shall be sent until August 20th, 2017 to the University of Cologne, Albertus Magnus Graduate Center, Albertus Magnus Platz, 50923 Köln or via e-mail to

Following documents must be submitted:

  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate
  • A brief outline of the dissertation project
  • A statement on the dissertation project by the prospective supervisor
  • Evidence of social commitment during studies; evidence of interest in socially / politically relevant themes
  • Evidence of financial need (overview of financial situation: how have studies been financed so far? Which amount of money can be regularly disposed of?)

The awarding is decided upon by a commission consisting of the Rector of the University of Cologne (Chair), the Vice-Rector for Planning and Academic Staff, two members of the Executive Board of the Schmittmann Wahlen Foundation, the Deans or Vice-Deans of the Faculties and the Speaker of the Albertus Magnus Graduate Center.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact the Albertus Magnus Graduate Center.

Ms. Luisa Trentes
Phone +49 (0) 221/470-1682

Further information on the Schmittmann Wahlen Foundation can be found at (in German)