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Funding and support options
for Summer Schools

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Summer Schools are a proven format to make the strengths of a location in the respective research topic visible and to increase its attractiveness in particular for international (national) early-career scientists.

There are funding and support offers for Summer Schools. On this page, we provide you with some options.


Funding Options for Summer Schools at TU Dresden

The funding program for internationalization has been set up to establish and expand research collaborations worldwide and to foster cooperation with TU Dresden’s strategic university partners. The program also aims to promote international teaching and to boost the internationalization of TUD and its campus. Funding can also be provided for projects that enhance TU Dresden’s international visibility.

You can apply for your project to be funded with a maximum application volume of EUR 15.000 on an ongoing basis, usually by the 25th of the month. A selection committee will decide on the funding application at the beginning of the following month.

Apart from the formal check, the success of the funding application is mainly determined by content-related criteria. A clear reference to TUD’s internationalization goals, the relevance for TU Dresden and the Dresden science hub, as well as the sustainability of the project are of key relevance in the selection process. Summer schools that have already received approval from DRESDEN-concept or other TU Dresden funding programs must transparently present this fact in the application.

You should plan the application process with a time buffer of 2 to 3 months prior the start of the project. As summer schools only cover one aspect of the funding program, funding is limited. We recommend that you seek prior advice on your application to save you time and any detours. Contact details and further information on the funding program for internationalization are available on the website.



The DRESDEN-concept research alliance supports summer schools in order to strengthen cooperation between the participating institutions, bundle their research expertise – especially when it comes to interdisciplinary topics – and thus further increase the appeal of Dresden for (inter)national students and postdocs.

In addition to direct support in the preparation and running of DDc Summer Schools, such as finding DDc cooperation partners or joint advertising of the DDc Summer School and the public event, the funding options include financial support of up to EUR 10,000 per DDc Summer School or EUR 5,000 for a networking event between at least two Dresden Summer Schools. This funding is provided from the EXU measure “DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus” of TU Dresden via a selection procedure. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The following requirements must be met for financial support:

  • TU Dresden and at least one other DDc member institution are involved in the organization and running of the Summer School.
  • As a rule, the topic of the Summer School addresses an interdisciplinary research topic.
  • There is at least one public event dedicated to the research topic as part of the Summer School.

More information on how to apply and the framework conditions are available on the website.

The Funds for Student Research (FOSTER) program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ZiLL) at TU Dresden aims to attract excellent early-career researchers. FOSTER is aimed at students who are enthusiastic about research and want to conduct their own research projects, take part in conferences or research competitions, or organize student exhibitions. In addition to student research projects, the program also supports teaching-learning formats by TUD lecturers and early-career researchers that strengthen and guide student research.

If you want to organize a summer school or other research-oriented teaching-learning activities (modules, tutorials, projects, simulation games, etc.), you can apply for a maximum of EUR 5,000 in the ENABLE2RESEARCH@TUD funding line on an ongoing basis and without a set deadline. For large-scale projects with an application volume of > EUR 5,000 and a project start in 2025, a call for proposals will be published in the summer of 2024 (submission deadline September 1, 2024). Applicants must be members of TU Dresden and should allow at least 2 months (for projects < EUR 5,000) or 3 months (for projects via the call for proposals) processing time.

The application should clearly communicate that running the project will support the objectives of the FOSTER program. Prior to submitting your application, please familiarize yourself with the content and formal criteria on the program website. We also recommend that you take advantage of a consultation. You will find the relevant contact person on the website.

All doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, TUD Young Investigators and Junior Professors at TU Dresden have the opportunity to apply to the Graduate Academy for a travel subsidy for short research stays and for participation in Summer and Winter Schools both in Germany and abroad. Membership of the Graduate Academy is a prerequisite for submitting an application:

  • Application deadlines: March 31 and September 30
  • Funding period:

April 1 to December 31 (application deadline March 31)

October 1 to June 30 of the following year (application deadline September 30)

More detailed information on how to apply, the documents to be submitted and contact details is available on the Graduate Academy website.

The GFF bundles various activities, aiming to promote the advancement of TU Dresden and its researchers, students, members and practice partners. To this end, the association implements numerous funding programs for students and researchers at TUD with around 300 projects per year as well as fundraising campaigns.

The GFF promotes teaching and research in order to boost TUD’s visibility and strengthen TUD’s cooperation with other scientific institutions, in particular partner universities. Information on GFF funding opportunities and on how to apply is available on the website. One of the options is financial support to cover the costs for speakers and their accommodation in the TUD guest house (in individual cases). If required, you will also receive helpful information on how to manage fundraising campaigns to finance your Summer School.

In addition to the Association of Friends and Sponsors of TU Dresden, there are a variety of funding associations for specific academic disciplines at TUD, which you can actively contact for your summer school project, e.g. in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Engineering Sciences, and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

An overview is available on the website.

Additional options to get help and support