Research in Germany

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.

  • Studying in Germany: The portal provides the latest German higher education system changes and education policy updates, as well as a vast amount of informational content, articles, and research about studying in Germany for international students in seven languages.


  • Doing a PhD in Germany (pdf download): This booklet for (prospective) international doctoral students presents the different options for doing a doctorate in Germany. It explains the formal requirements and gives some practical advice on finding the right supervisor or doctoral programme. It also outlines different sponsorship and funding options.

  • Your pocket guide to Germany (pdf download): A small booklet on living in Germany with useful information on visa and work permits, social security, finances, support for families, and finding a place to live. If you are thinking about moving to Germany, here is what you should know.

  • Funding Opportunities by the DFG (pdf download): This brochure presents the funding opportunities offered by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

  • Rights of residence (pdf download): 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.

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