Funding for PhD students

Many German funding organisations support highly talented international PhD students. As a rule, the prerequisite is an above-average first degree. Some institutions have additional expectations, such as a specific commitment to a social, sociopolitical or religious cause.

A scholarship is granted for a limited time, as a rule for two to three years, and students usually have to reapply every year. Organisations that provide scholarships for outstanding students usually also support them with seminars and opportunities to exchange views within an alumni network.

Where can I find a research grant?

The following information can help you find a suitable grant:

List of funding programmes

List of funding programmes

Here you will find a wide selection of funding programmes provided by various organisations for international graduates and PhD students. More List of funding programmes

Overview of funding organisations

Overview of funding organisations

Research funding in Germany is provided by government bodies, various organisations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry. Here you will find information about German organisations that provide funding for PhD students. More Overview of funding organisations

List of funding databases

List of funding databases

These databases allow you to search through a wide range of funding programmes for foreign PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers. More List of funding databases

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