PhD-Seed Grants - OPEN

The VDS CoBeNe Seed grant ist intended to help PhD candidates with no or not much financial support from third party funds of their supervisors. The goal is to support conference presentations, fill knowledge gaps and produce research suitable for publication in academic journals. Currently the call is open throughout the semester unless the seed budget is spent.

All VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows are eligible to apply i) for travel support or ii) for material and/or labor support with the given forms. The decision upon the grant allocation will be made on an individual base by the (vice-) DSPL for each research foci: Psychological Sciences I Behavioural & Cognitive Biology I Neuroscience I Cognitive Humanities

Seed Grant Selection Criteria

  • Clear and concise description of the proposed measure
  • Decisive arguments for the need of the measure within the PhD lifetime
  • Support and specification of the importance of the measure
  • Compliance with the regulations for PhD candidates (FÖP, doctoral thesis agreement, annual reports, TACs)

Up to € 2.000,- for direct costs, including personnel (e.g. participants fee, technician) and non-personnel costs, including event travel & accommodation, materials and supplies.


  • Email to with either form travel support or material and/or labor support
  • We can only charge costs to correct official invoices. No booking confirmations or similar!!!. Please ask for each cost item for a correct invoice (including:name of the company, name of the service, invoice date, invoice amount)!