Grants for article processing charges (APC)

The GI goes the golden way with Open Access publications: As of 1 August 2019, financial support for article processing charges (APC) will be provided in the same way as for travel grants.

The Graduate Institute of the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences can grant doctoral students financial support for Open Access fees (article processing charges/APC) if the following requirements are met:

  • Before applying for the grant, a positive assessment was made by the library of the H-BRS (clearance declaration/White-List).
  • The doctoral candidate has undergone a corresponding peer review procedure, the article has been accepted by the journal, but has not yet been published.
  • The doctoral candidate and the H-BRS supervisor are members of the Graduate Institute of H-BRS.
  • The doctoral candidate is a member of the university.
  • The H-BRS supervisor assures in a letter of support that he/she will take over the remaining financing and confirms that no third-party funds are available for the fees.
  • The H-BRS is mentioned in the publication as primary affiliation.

Open Access Grants:
The GI will pay 50% of the total amount and a maximum of €2,000 if funds are available.

An Open Access grant can only be claimed once per calendar year and per doctoral student. Only one doctoral candidate per working group can receive a grant for a publication. The research institutes (e.g. MAS, TREE, IVC, IDT/ISF, IZNE) are each considered as one group.

Application for a GI grant for Open Access fees:
The application for a grant is submitted to the Graduate Institute of the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences after acceptance by the journal and before publication. The decision on the application will be made promptly and will be communicated to the applicant.

If a grant is approved, the applicant shall state the cost centre of the Graduate Institute for the reimbursement of the grant when submitting the invoice for a procurement order. A copy of the approved GI application serves as proof for the accounting office.

The application for an Open Access grant for doctoral candidates is made available for download in the LEA course H-BRS Graduate Institute.

In addition, the H-BRS supports Open Access publications with partial funding from the publication fund. Details on the funding conditions can be found on the intranet at

Please submit your application for a GI Open Access grant:
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Gradute Institute