Witzenhausen Thesis Research Grant (WTRG) - Kurzzeitstipendien für einen Forschungsaufenthalt im Ausland

DITSL gives out grants for a minimum of three and a maximum of four months for a stay abroad to support students enroled in the University of Kassel's study programmes in carrying out field research for their thesis work (master thesis or diploma thesis) in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics. WTRG is a personal grant, which enables the grantees to gather living- and working-experience in the development oriented research in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics.
Applicants have to submit a project proposal for their thesis research. The research must contribute to achieving the UN Millennium Developments Goals, particularly goal no. 1 "eradicate extreme poverty & hunger" and /or their impacts. This must be explicitly elaborated in the proposal. Of particular interest are proposals aiming at sustainable solutions to development problems. Organic agriculture and fair trade are given special consideration. The stay abroad must be justified exclusively by the thesis research. Grants are not intended for attending lectures or study programmes at universities abroad.

The grant covers the travel costs (usually limited to the airfare), a monthly allowance to cover living expenses and a subsidy to the costs of a overseas health insurance for the duration of the stay abroad. Research costs, equipment, consumables, local labour or transport costs are not covered.

Proposals can be submitted at any time. Proposals must be submitted including all attachments in one single pdf-file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Supervisors can send their letters of recommendation directly to the above email address if they so wish.

Proposals must be submitted before the beginning of the research stay abroad. Proposals are evaluated by 4 referees, the time to decision is at least 2 months. Proposals are accepted for funding with the majority of votes of the referees. Submitting proposals does not automatically entitle to a grant.

» Download the WTRG application form

» Download the WTRG Applications Guidelines (draft only – German version is binding)

» Download the WTRG Applications Guidelines - German version: Merkblatt zur Antragstellung