There are various ways to fund your doctoral studies, such as research assistant jobs at the university, a position in a research project or a scholarship. Be sure to talk to your supervisor about the financing possibilities for your doctoral programme – supervisors can often give you important information and advice about open research assistantships and discipline-specific scholarships. Start looking into this as soon as possible – some scholarship applications are due several months in advance!
With a research assistantship, doctoral candidates can work for the university and participate in an institutes's research and teaching activities. Research assistants’ duties can range from working on third-party-funded research projects and organising conferences to supporting and teaching classes. Open research assistant positions are posted on Paderborn University’s job listing page. You can also talk to your supervisor about employment opportunities in your institute or department.
As a rule, students who are accepted into a Research Training Group also receive financial support in the form of a research assistantship or a scholarship.
In addition, many institutions offer scholarships which doctoral students can apply for to help finance their doctoral studies.