PhD students

Here you find a selection of funding programmes for international PhD students by various funding organisations. For more funding opportunities please search our funding databases.

Selection of funding programmes (alphabetical order):

PhD-students

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Max Planck Schools

The new Max Planck Schools are aimed at promising Bachelor's or Master's graduates from all over the world. They will gain access to fascinating interdisciplinary research questions.

Max Planck Schools

PhD Fellowships

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out an ambitious scientific PhD project in basic biomedical research at an internationally leading laboratory.

PhD Fellowships

Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders

This programme is aimed at former recipients of DAAD research or study scholarships or former GDR scholarship holders. Funding is provided for research and work projects at a state-run or state-recognised higher education institution or ...

Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders

Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

The aim of this programme is to support doctoral degrees at the home university with integrated research phases in Germany.

Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany

International PhD students can realise a doctoral project (individually or in a structured programme) at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institution.

Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany

Research Grants – One-Year and Short-Term Grants

International doctoral candidates and young scholars or researchers can realise a research or training project at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institution.

Research Grants – One-Year and Short-Term Grants

Research Training Groups

Research training groups are set up by universities and pursue a focused research programme. PhD students and postdocs can complete a doctorate or engage in independent research activities.

Research Training Groups

RISE Professional internships with German companies and non-university research institutions

If you are a Master's or PhD student or a Bachelor student who is a RISE alumnus or alumna in the fields of natural sciences, engineering or computer science from North America, Great Britain or Ireland, this programme will enable you to ...

RISE Professional internships with German companies and non-university research institutions

Search funding databases

There are more funding programmes available for international researchers. For more information you can either search the funding databases or go straight to funding organisations’ websites.

Search funding databases

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres offer PhD students and junior researchers opportunities to pursue an outstanding research programme that crosses the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties.

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres
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