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Doing your PhD in Germany

DAAD scholarships for PhD

There is a general PhD-Programme.

Jordanian students who want to pursue a PhD (open to ALL disciplines) can apply at the DAAD Information Center every year until August 31st (Date might change, therefore check DAAD Website).

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Some 25,000 academics receive their PhD in Germany every year – far more than in any other European country. And each year, more and more young international researchers choose to write their PhD thesis or join a doctoral research team in Germany. In fact, the number of foreign PhD candidates in Germany has more than doubled since 1997.

There’s more than one way to get your PhD 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 PhD candidates in Germany pursue their PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly popular.


Why pursue a doctorate in Germany?

Germany is one of the leading researching nations in the world. Its science and research sector is renowned for its outstanding infrastructure, a widely diverse spectrum of research areas and well-equipped facilities and institutes. In addition, many organizations offer numerous grants and scholarships to foreign PhD candidates.

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Individual PhD

The majority of PhD candidates in Germany choose to pursue their PhDs through individual doctoral study. In this model, candidates must find a university professor who will supervise their work on their PhD thesis. Depending on the subject, the thesis can be written independently or in collaboration with other researchers. PhD candidates are free to choose where they would like to conduct research – at a university, a non-university research organization or in the industry. The duration of an individual PhD depends on the candidate’s personal schedule or the length of their research contract and usually ranges from three to five years.

More information about individual programmes can be found here


Structured PhD programmes

In addition to individual doctoral study, candidates can also attain their PhDs in structured PhD programmes which strongly resemble those in Anglo-Saxon countries. In such a programme, a team of supervisors are responsible for advising the PhD candidates. The programmes offer a curriculum of accompanying courses which are usually interdisciplinary in focus and promote the acquisition of “soft skills” and additional qualifications. The systematic and intensive supervision offered in these programmes allow candidates to complete their PhD within three to four years.

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Research institutes

There are several ways leading to a PhD degree. Besides the graduation at a classical university there is the possibility of gaining the degree at one of the research institutes.

Inquire the offers of the following well-known research institutes:

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft 

Helmholz Association

Leibniz Association 

Max Planck Society


PhD Germany – DAAD Platform for PhD Positions

German higher education and research institutions are constantly looking for qualified international PhD candidates. In the DAAD database, you will find PhD positions specifically for foreign applicants here.


Current international PhD programmes

You're interested in international PhD programmes in Germany? This DAAD database presents a selection of international PhD programmes that are especially interested in attracting international PhD students.


Requirements & preparation

Before you can begin your PhD in Germany there are some preliminary steps you must take, for instance, getting your post-graduate degree recognized and applying for a residence permit. If you follow the link, you will find an overview of the most important requirements and some practical advice to prepare for your PhD in Germany.


Funding opportunities

There are numerous funding opportunities for foreign PhD candidates in Germany. The DAAD is Germany’s largest scholarship provider – especially for PhD candidates from abroad. You will find more information via the following links:

Financing your PhD

In addition to scholarships and funding programmes, there are many other ways to finance a PhD in Germany. Click here to find out more about employment opportunities at universities, in the industry and at non-university research organizations.

Further information can be found in this brochures:

This FAQ lists important questions and answers on doing a PhD in Germany, such as formal requirements, structured programmes and Graduate Colleges, funding opportunities and many practical pointers.

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This brochure offers a comprehensive overview over different topics regarding making a PhD in Germany.

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