Over 700 PhD Programmes in Germany
There are currently some 700 of these programmes available in Germany, but the figure is steadily rising. Universities offer structured PhD/doctoral programmes primarily in research training groups funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) or at graduate schools supported by the Excellence Initiative.
Additionally, there are programmes supported by German Länder at individual universities. In non-university research institutions participation in structured, usually interdisciplinary PhD/doctoral programmes is now almost the rule.
The programmes differ not only in terms of their approach to content – for example, whether they are closely tailored to a specific research project or, as in the case of graduate schools, involve various different subject areas in an interdisciplinary way – but also vary considerably in terms of their financial and human resources as well as their ability to support their PhD/doctoral students.
Max Planck Research Schools
Because the Max Planck Society (MPG) specialises in innovative basic research, its institutes are able to offer up-and-coming researchers excellent infrastructure and support. The website lists the programmes available at International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS).
Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Helmholtz Research Schools
In collaboration with various institutions of higher education, Helmholtz Association research centres have established structured PhD/doctoral programmes under the auspices of Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Helmholtz Research Schools. www.helmholtz.de/graduiertenschulen-kollegs