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Funding for PhDs

How can I fund my PhD in Germany?

Doctoral students in Germany usually work on a research project (paid PhD position) or receive a scholarship.There is a number of options to find a paid position or programme. You can:
1. Search for a structured PhD programme at the International Programmes Database. You can search by inserting keywords and/or by field of study.
2. Search for PhD job offers at German universities at PhDGermany.
3. Send a speculative application to a professor or research institute. Here you can search for workgroups in your research field:
- German Research Institutions (GERiT)
- The CHE University Ranking:
Higher Education Compass

Moreover, there are several funding programmes for international PhD students. On our website you find information about funding opportunities for international PhD students:

- a selection of funding programmes for international PhD students:
- a list of funding databases
- an overview of German funding organisations

For more information about costs and other ways to finance your PhD (paid PhD positions) please visit our page Financing your PhD.