Find your PhD position in Germany

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Germany is a good place to do a PhD: the country’s universities and research institutions enjoy an outstanding reputation and offer a wide range of high quality programmes. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers two established databases which can help you find a suitable PhD position or structured PhD programme.

  • PhDGermany database: current PhD offers
    What concrete options are available? One good source of information is the www.phdgermany.de database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It provides graduates from all over the world with information about PhD positions currently available in Germany. Several German universities and research institutions enter their vacancies directly into the database. The clearly structured online database allows you to browse all PhD positions according to different criteria. This means you can find the PhD that best suits your needs.
  • International Programmes Database: structured PhD programmes
    The database www.daad.de/international-programmes allows you to search for structured PhD programmes and graduate schools. In Germany, structured doctoral programmes are very similar to the PhD programmes in Anglo-Saxon countries, in which a team of supervisors look after a group of doctoral students. The duration of your studies is generally limited to three years, and there is usually a fixed curriculum within which you work towards your doctorate and write your dissertation.