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PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

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Researchers have become increasingly internationally mobile. In fact, being mobile early on in your career undoubtedly enhances your prospects and skills by expanding your networks and access to a larger research community.

Universities and research institutions in Germany are among the best in the world and each year 4,000 international candidates complete a PhD in Germany. In terms of investment in research, Germany stands out from all other European countries, including the UK. Germany has over 140 doctorate awarding higher education institutions, many of which don’t charge tuition fees, and numerous prestigious and well-equipped research organisations.  Many institutions have well-established support programmes for international researchers and, most importantly, doctoral students can write their thesis in English.

With a wealth of other benefits including a rich and diverse culture, beautiful countryside, comparatively low cost of living and excellent transport links to the rest of Europe, Germany is a destination well worth considering.

To help you explore the opportunities in Germany, is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a Google+ Hangout called ‘PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany’.

 By attending this hangout you will learn: 

  • What routes there are to doing a doctorate in Germany
  • How to find PhD opportunities and choose a supervisor
  • How to get access to a fully funded PhD
  • How to compose a good application
  • What the reality is like for PhD researchers in Germany including living costs, relocating tips, support networks and learning the language

What is a Google+ Hangout? Google+ Hangouts on Air are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. By following us on Google+ you will be able to watch the live online video and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation.

We want to hear from you - our video hangouts are a two way conversation between our panel of dedicated experts and you. You can submit questions before the event on the Q&A app, via Twitter using #JobsQ or when you register.

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This event is open to anyone and is completely free of charge. Register your interest now and we will send you more details of how you can access the live video hangout nearer the time.

If you are unable to watch the live event please do register and we can email you a copy of the recording so you don't miss out.

We’re looking forward to having you involved!

Meet the panel

We have picked a panel of experienced, passionate and friendly experts all keen to help answer your questions.


Barbara JanssensBarbara Janssens is a Belgian biologist. She studied biotechnology and obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology (Ghent, Belgium, 2002), did a postdoc at the Institut Curie in Paris (France) and then became Managing Editor of Biotechnology Journal at Wiley-VCH in Weinheim (Germany) in 2006, where she was promoted co-Editor-in-Chief and started teaching workshops on Scientific Writing in 2008. She joined the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg in 2011 to set up a Career Service for graduate students and postdocs.


Thomas Ekman Jørgensen

Thomas Ekman Jørgensen is Head of Unit at the European University Association (EUA), responsible for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education. His specific work areas are the training of researchers, development of doctoral schools, doctoral programmes and researcher careers. He has also worked on global trends in doctoral education including issues such as capacity building and global research collaborations.

Dr Jørgensen studied History and German Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the Free University Berlin. He received his PhD in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Florence in 2004. 


Samira Parhizkar

Samira Parhizkar is a second year Biochemistry/ Molecular Medicine PhD student at the Centre for Stroke and Dementia and part of the International Max Planck Research School programme in Munich, Germany. After gaining her Master’s in Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham, Samira decided to apply for a PhD in Germany because German institutes are known for their cutting-edge biochemistry research, e.g. the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. She believed that moving to Germany would not only give her the opportunity to experience a whole new culture, but also would look great on the CV.


Professor Dr. Martin Wild is the Coordinator of the joint graduate school of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine which provides a structured education for PhD students.  He completed his PhD at the German Cancer Research Center in Germany and a Postdoc at Oxford University.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Münster and a Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.


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