Research in Germany



There is more than one way to get your doctoral title in Germany. Depending on the subject, research proposal and type of university, there are several possible paths to a PhD, the most common of which are individual doctoral studies and structured PhD programmes. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly common and popular.

For information on individual PhD, please click here.
For information on structured PhD programmes, please click here

No Tuition Fees

No tuition fees are charged for doctoral study at public universities in Germany – at least not for the first six semesters. 

Strong International Focus: PhD in English

Research institutions, universities and companies in Germany welcome international researchers and offer excellent opportunities for doctoral students. PhD students can often conduct their research and thesis entirely in English. 

Numerous Funding Opportunities 

There are numerous funding opportunities for foreign doctoral candidates in Germany. The DAAD is Germany’s largest scholarship provider – especially to doctoral candidates from abroad. In 2014, the DAAD awarded scholarships to more than 2,900 international PhD students in Germany. To learn more about the DAAD scholarships available for PhD candidates and researchers from Hong Kong, please click here

In addition to DAAD scholarhips, government bodies, various organisations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry also offer a number of scholarships to outstanding students. To look for more information, please go to:

Other funding databases
Selected funding programmes for PhD Students