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Dissertation Plus


We support outstanding academics pursuing their doctorates and facilitate relationships between professors and doctoral candidates.

Ready, set, research!


Worthwhile and productive PhD projects depend on many factors. These include a vibrant, dialogue-oriented and reliable relationship between doctotal canditate and supervisor. With the programme Dissertation Plus, the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung accompanies and supports working relationships between professors and doctoral candidates, working together to complete a dissertation. In the interest of outstanding research results we aim to actively and systematically support such collaborations. 

We offer those involved a fixed framework in which to set up a working relationship and enable both parties to reflect on the quality of the collaboration via a simple monitoring system. The supervisors indicate their committment to outstanding research acheivements and to the academic success of the thier doctoral students. The scholars in the programme also receive financial support. 

Scholars are also welcome to take part in the wide range of events, trainings and activites on offer at the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung, including a workshop programme, the annual alumni retreat and numerous networking events at which the scholars are able to exchange knowledge and experiences accross different programmes and areas of expertise. 

Dissertation-Plus scholarships are usually awarded for a period of two years. Scholars can apply for an extention of one year, six months before the end of their second year in the programme. 

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Ready, Set, Research!

With the programme Disseration Plus, we actively promote productive, reliable and structured partnerships between doctoral candidates and supervisors.

Progress Reports

Every six months you will write interim reports on the progress of your doctorate and academic activities, which allows you to reflect on your progress and provides a basis for discussion with your supervisor.

Monitoring System

With the help of an online monitoring system you and your supervisor can reflect on the quality of your collaboration and ensure it remains effective.

Final Review

Following your disputation, you are able to discuss the project together in retrospect.

»Through the six-monthly progress reports, I have not only reflected closely on what I have achieved and what obstacles and challenges I stil have to deal with, but I have also repeatedly become aware of the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung's generosity and invaluable support, without which my dissertation would not be possible.«

Veronica Bremer
Dissertation Plus Scholar


New Year's Symposium & Reception

At the beginning of January, we invite our Master Plus, Dissertation Plus and Postdoc Plus scholarship holders to start the new research year together. The scholars present their work at an interdisciplinary symposium.



University & Academia


By assisting students and academic projects, we support learning and teaching at universities and colleges in Hamburg.


Postdoc Plus

We support outstanding junior post-doctoral researchers at the Universität Hamburg looking to establish themselves with a research project.


We stay connected!

We accompany our scholarship holders on their educational paths and aim to make their various journeys through school, university and professional life fruitful and inspiring. Even after their time as an active recipient, we encourage our alumni to stay connected, to contribute actively to foundation life and share their experiences with our active scholars.


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