PhD: PhD in Germany

About 25,000 academics receive doctoral degrees in Germany every year. And each year, more and more young international researchers are choosing to write their dissertations or join a doctoral research team in Germany. Germany is right now on the fourth place for host countries with the highest amount of international doctoral candidates worldwide!

by the Editors (last updated May 2019)

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There’s more than one way to get your doctoral title in Germany. Depending on the subject, research proposal and type of university, there are several possible paths to a PhD, the most common of which are individual doctoral studies and structured PhD programmes. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly common. But it is also possible to do your PhD in a research institution or in the industry.

Before coming to Germany to do a PhD, young researchers ask themselves numerous questions:

  • How to obtain a PhD?
  • Where can I find a PhD position?
  • How can I finance my PhD?

The website Research in Germany answers these questions and informs you about research and funding opportunities in Germany.

Die Webseite Research in Germany beantwortet diese Fragen und bietet umfangreiche Informationen über Forschungs- und Fördermöglichkeiten in Deutschland.

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