Information for PhD students from the USA

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So you’ve got your degree and want to continue your education by getting your PhD. Congratulations! Maybe the price of attending a university in the U.S. is too high; maybe a German university is a world leader in your subject area; maybe you’re just looking for a change — whatever your reasons, getting a PhD in Germany is a great step. 

Research in Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Make it in Germany all have great websites with lots of resources to help you get started with everything from choosing a program, seeing if you meet the requirements, finding funding, getting the appropriate paperwork in order, and learning German.

In addition to the resources above, if you already have an idea of where you’ll be completing your studies, your host university can be an excellent resource for finding funding, accommodations, or just getting to know new people!

US Citizens Only

For doctoral candidates who are also US citizens, there are grants offered by the Fulbright Foundation and the IIE. Furthermore, the American Council on Germany (ACG) offers two fellowships for exceptional PhD Students: The Goldman and the Hunt Fellowships.