ZD.B Fellowships 2020

By the 10 ZD.B Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates, Research proposals of highly qualified doctoral candidates with a technical, business and/or social focus in the field of digitization will be supported.


The ZD.B Fellowship comprises the funding of a research position according to TV-L E13 (100%) to perform a doctoral project at a Bavarian state University (i.e. University or University of Applied Sciences) for a period of generally three years. The funding is scheduled to start from 01.01.2020.

The funding program is also an opportunity to enable more qualified women to get into leading management positions within science, business and society. For this reason, we would like to explicitly encourage female candidates to apply for a ZD.B Fellowship.


  • Excellent Master degree or comparable, state-approved final degree which qualifies for a doctorate at a Bavarian state University
  • Research proposal with a meaningful technical, economic and/or social focus in the field of digitization within a duration of three years
  • Declaration of support by the PhD supervisor at a Bavarian state University – in case of a cooperating or combined doctorate between a University and a University of Applied Sciences, e.g. within the framework of a BayWISS-Verbundkolleg, a joint declaration of support of both supervisors is required (for further details see the application form)
  • Initial experience in scientific publishing, international experience and very good knowledge of German and English are beneficial

The selection process is primarily based on the applicant’s personal aptitude, his/her technical qualifications as well as on the research project’s scientific quality.

The application documents have to be submitted electronically (1 PDF-document, max. 7MB) to
fellowships@zd-b.de until September 30, 2019. Only applications fulfilling the formal requirements will be considered.