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Newsletter May 2024
Dear reader,  
Around 28,000 graduate students complete a doctorate in Germany every year – more than 20 per cent of them international scholars. Germany’s excellent research landscape, its renowned universities and research institutions as well as the high level of academic freedom are major points of attraction. Of course, a diverse cultural scene, comparatively low cost of living and free tuition don’t hurt either! 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is not only the main provider for PhD scholarships in Germany, but also offers information and support for researchers interested in boosting their career by coming to Germany. Research in Germany is your first contact point for all questions related to doing a PhD in Germany. From finding funding to writing an application – in this newsletter, we will present you with the most important resources to get you started. Happy reading!
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Current calls
Apply by: 15 May 2024 
Graduates, PhD & Postdoc: all disciplines, research in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation
Digital GreenTalents – High Potentials in Sustainable Development
Go to Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Apply by: 31 May 2024 
Postdoc & Advanced research: all disciplines, researchers from Brazil
CAPES-Humboldt Research Fellowship
Go to Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Apply by: 1 June 2024 
PhD: biomedicine
PhD fellowships from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
Go to Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
Apply by: 5 June 2024 
Postdoc: all disciplines, researchers from MENA countries
TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme – MENA
Go to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Apply by: 5 June 2024 
Postdoc: all disciplines, researchers from SSA countries
TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme – SSA
Go to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Apply by: 15 June 2024 
PhD: all disciplines, thematic focus on environmental research
Doctoral scholarships from the German Federal Environmental Foundation
Go to German Federal Environmental Foundation
Apply by: 30 June 2024 (round 2; round 1 without deadline) 
Graduates, PhD, Postdoc & Advanced research: all disciplines; primarily Catholic researchers from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
KAAD funding in Eastern Europe
Go to Katholischer Akademischer Austauschdienst (in German)
Apply by: various deadlines (depending on applicant’s country of origin) 
PhD: all disciplines
Research Grants – Doctoral Programmes in Germany
Go to German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Apply by: any time 
Postdoc: all disciplines
Walter Benjamin Programme
Go to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
A spotlight on: PhD in Germany
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PhDGermany: open PhD positions from all over Germany in one database 
From international mobility to outstanding research infrastructure – there are many good reasons for a PhD “made in Germany”. But once you have decided, where do you begin? The DAAD’s PhDGermany database is the ideal starting point: it publishes a selection of PhD positions from all over the country that specifically target international applicants. The database is continually updated and uses filters to help you narrow down your options. Whether you are looking for universities or other research institutions – PhDGermany helps you find the perfect match! 
By the way: if you are specifically looking for scholarships, the DAAD also provides a separate scholarship database that includes PhD scholarships from the DAAD and other selected funding organisations. You can find it here.
A closer look: work in Germany
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How to apply for a PhD in Germany – our online course
Applying for a PhD is a big challenge: writing a research proposal, composing an application and finding a position or supervisor – all while juggling deadlines and finishing your degree. Don’t despair! Research in Germany offers an online course that will teach you everything you need to know for a successful application and gives you an introduction to the German research landscape. The self-learning course is free, completely online-based and takes a total of around six to nine hours to complete. Register now!
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Questions about finding a PhD supervisor? Ask a professor!
Finding the right supervisor is one of the most crucial steps in your PhD journey – after all, they will be one of the most important people in your life for the next few years. Depending on your chosen PhD path (e.g. at a graduate school, as a research associate or as an independent PhD student), you might have to find a supervisor on your own. In this recorded episode of the Research in Germany online talk series “Ask a professor”, three German professors offer their personal insights and tips for the supervisor search and application. Take a look and find out more!
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Research school podcast explores the PhD experience in Germany
Whether you are still undecided or already in the middle of your doctorate, this podcast by the Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität Berlin is here to support you: from interviews with researchers about their PhD experience to expert advice on academic writing or tackling the German job market – the DRS Podcast covers a wide range of topics related to doing your PhD in Germany. While some episodes are DRS-specific, most are universally applicable. Well worth a listen!
The bigger picture: life in Germany
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May Day in Germany
Around the world, 1 May is celebrated as International Workers’ Day. But in Germany, this date is connected to more than just the political dimension with its numerous demonstrations and celebrations by workers’ organisations. There also exists a wealth of ancient rituals associated with May Day. And as we are talking about the month of blossoming spring, many of them celebrate rejuvenation and fertility … If you want to learn more about what Germans do on 1 May, check out this article!
In case you missed it
Everything you need to know about a PhD in Germany: the Research in Germany website
If you are interested in a PhD in Germany, the Research in Germany website is where everything comes together: here you will find all necessary information on possible PhD paths, funding options, the supervisor search and more. The site also features explainer videos, online courses, databases, brochures and further materials. If you are still not sure where to start … start here!
GERiT database provides overview of 29,000 research institutions in Germany
29,000 research institutions in one database: GERiT (German Research Institutions) is the perfect website if you want to find out which institution is the best place for your research. Provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the database can be filtered by subject area, institute or location and offers institutional profiles, job vacancies, doctoral regulations and more.
75 years of Germany’s Basic Law (Grundgesetz)
On 23 May, Germany’s Basic Law – its constitution – celebrates its 75th anniversary. It not only forms the basis for the country’s democracy, but also guarantees academic freedom: “Art and science, research and teaching are free.” The Basic Law was signed in West Germany in 1949 at the beginning of the Cold War; after 1990, it was extended to all of Germany. Today, it is one of the oldest still valid constitutions in the world. Learn more in this article!
Upcoming events
Info Talks on DFG Funding Opportunities: Walter Benjamin Programme
Indo-German Research Day 
Your PhD @ Max Planck – exploring doctoral programs (webinar)
Your turn!
If you are considering a PhD in Germany, what do you feel is the biggest obstacle to your plans?
Supervisor search
Entry and visa
Getting settled
Last month’s results:  
Does the loss of biodiversity threaten your field of research?
In April, we asked you if the loss of biodiversity influenced your field of research. A majority of you said yes, less than a quarter did not see their field influenced at all – a clear sign that biodiversity is an important topic for researchers around the world.
Let’s stay in touch
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