Funding

A Ph.D. can be earned at the University of Luxembourg with or without financial aid.  Ph.D. candidates are advised to discuss the matter with their dissertation supervisor as soon as possible. The list of funding sources below is not exhaustive, incidentally.

Funding at the University of Luxembourg

The Ph.D. candidate

Commits to the University of Luxembourg by signing a fixed-term contract of employment for an initial of 14 months extendable up to 3-4 years at the rate of 40 hours per week;

Is placed under the supervision of a professor;

Must provide 1 to 3 hours of teaching per week;

Devotes more than 80% of his time to research activities.

Eligibility

  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer financed by the university which was published on the university’s employment portal (+Information).

Research training grant ("Aide à la Formation Recherche" (AFR))

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Applies for “Research training grant” from the National Research Fund.  Applications can be submitted twice a year on www.afr.lu;
  • Applies for a fellowship or for a contract of employment with the university;
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor;
  • Devotes more than 80% of his time to research – a teaching activity is desirable.

Eligibility

  • The candidate applied successfully for a Ph.D. offer funded by “research training grant” which was published on the university’s employment portal (+ Information).
    or
  • The candidate submitted his dissertation topic to a dissertation supervisor who accepted it (+ Information).

“Third-party” funding

  • The Ph.D. student is “sponsored” by a third organisation (companies, public research centres, etc.) which funds his research.
  • This funding can be formalised by an agreement with the University of Luxembourg.
  • The Ph.D. student devotes more than 90% of his time to research.

Eligibility

Self-Funding

The Ph.D. candidate

  • Finances his dissertation with his own funds.
  • Does not sign a contract of employment with the University of Luxembourg.
  • Devotes all his “free” time to his research project.
  • Is placed under the supervision of a professor.
  • Ph.D. students with an occupation are in general enrolled as part-time students.
    (For more Information, contact the "Office of Doctoral Studies")

Eligibility