Germany offers one of the best research environments worldwide, and the German doctorate enjoys an excellent reputation. A doctoral degree can be obtained through an individual doctorate or a structured doctoral programme. Research in Germany takes place at universities, applied sciences universities, non-university research institutes, companies, and federal and state institutions. We encourage potential candidates to familiarise themselves with the German research landscape before applying for the GIGA Doctoral Programme.
Research in Germany: This portal provides general information about the German research landscape and funding system for doctoral students, junior researchers, and senior researchers. The portal is administered by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Doing a PhD in Germany (DAAD): This website by the German Academic Exchange Service focuses on the steps international students must take before they can begin their doctoral studies in Germany.
Rights of residence: This publication by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) provides an overview of potential residence permits for researchers from non-EU countries seeking education or employment in Germany.
FAQs – Doing a doctorate in Germany (pdf download): This brochure gives answers to important questions on doing a doctorate in Germany. It provides information on opportunities and requirements and offers many practical tips.
FAQs – Preparing a successful research stay in Germany (pdf download): This brochure answers questions on the German research landscape, entry and residence, living in Germany, and family affairs.
Funding Opportunities by the DFG (pdf download): This brochure presents the funding opportunities offered by the German Research Foundation (DFG).